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Lecturer/ Teaching Specialist

University of Minnesota
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
November 05, 2023
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Acad Prof and Admin
About the Job

Position Overview:

The Department of Family Social Science occasionally needs teaching specialists or lecturers to teach courses that cannot be staffed by regular faculty. These may include online, day and evening, undergraduate and graduate courses. Positions are typically for one semester (4 months) but may be for the full academic year (9 months). Position title and salary vary according to qualifications of candidate and available funding.

Family Social Science continually accepts resumes for teaching positions that may open up during the academic year or summer sessions. Applications are reviewed as openings occur, and individual applicants are invited to interview when their skills or areas of expertise match an opening. These are temporary, non-tenured, Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) positions as Teaching Specialist and Lecturer, paid on a per course basis. Typically these appointments are made semester by semester or in the summer, and employment is contingent on the course meeting its enrollment target. This posting and process is designed to establish a pool of instructors. Applications will not be individually acknowledged, but will be reviewed when such openings occur throughout the year

Possible 2020-2021 courses are:

FSoS 1201 - Human Development In Families

FSoS 1461 - Presentations at Work: Families, Communities, Nonprofits and Schools

FSoS 3102 - Family Systems and Diversity

FSoS 3426 - Alcohol and Drugs: Families and Culture

FSoS 4104 - Family Psychology

FSoS 4155 - Parent Child Relationships

Job Responsibilities:

  • Course book selection
  • Lectures
  • Preparation of course materials (syllabus, exams, handouts)
  • Course administration
  • Grading and evaluation
  • Holding office hours
  • Meeting with students
  • In some cases, Teaching Assistant supervision

Required Qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in Family Social Science or relevant field is required to be hired as a Teaching Specialist
  • A Doctoral degree in Family Social Science is required to be hired as a Lecturer
  • Demonstrated interest in the area of family social science (publications, papers presented, courses taught)
  • Must be able to teach at scheduled class time and arrange office hours
  • Knowledge of course content area

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching online, using alternative education and/or virtual learning formats
  • Teaching experience with students and/or professionals in family social science, human development, psychology or a related field
  • Professional experience in the content area to be taught
  • Demonstrated experience teaching and mentoring diverse students, including students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
About the Department

Department Overview:

The Department of Family Social Science is a multidisciplinary department in which faculty and students use the knowledge and methods of the social sciences to examine the family as a system as it interacts with the environment. Through the activities of teaching, discovery, and engagement, faculty and students address a wide range of social and economic issues affecting families locally, nationally, and globally. The ultimate goal of this work is to enhance the lives of individuals and families. Work is organized around four departmental themes: families and economic well-being, families and health, families and diversity, and relationships and development across the lifespan. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate (masters and Ph. D.) degrees. Please visit our website at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/fsos/.

College Overview:

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world leader in discovering, creating, sharing, and applying principles and practices of multiculturalism and multidisciplinary scholarship to advance teaching and learning and to enhance the psychological, physical, and social development of children, youth, and adults across the lifespan in families, organizations, and communities. CEHD is the third largest college at the University of Minnesota, houses eight departments with nine undergraduate majors, over 30 graduate degree programs, and 25 centers and institutes. We are committed to diversity in our students, faculty and staff; 41.3% of our new first year students are students of color and more than 312 of our international students represent over 58 different countries. FFI: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/about/default.html

CEHD and the University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. A list of references and cover letter are required.

This position will remain open until filled.

*To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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