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Since 1975, Sofia University has aspired to be a leader in transformative higher education offering students an education that transcends beyond a traditional learning environment. Students, staff, and faculty of Sofia are passionate individuals that recognize the need to be a part of something greater than themselves and seek opportunities that will provide them with the tools to empower themselves and their community. As Sofia continues to grow as a University, it remains committed to its transformative transpersonal values, as well as to maintaining a high-quality and diverse workforce representative of the community it services.

Sofia University is WASC accredited and offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in the fields of psychology, business and computer science. Located in Palo Alto, California, the University provides both on campus and online programs, giving students the flexibility to further an education rooted in transformative and transpersonal values, in a format that best suits their schedule and needs.

Sofia University is an equal opportunity employer.

All resumes should be sent to Human Resources Manager, Aida Smailagic at aida.smailagic@sofia.edu

Adjunct Faculty Member in Computer Science/Cybersecurity

Reports to: Program Chair, MSCS
Department: Computer Science
Classification: Full-time, Exempt

General Description:
Sofia University seeks adjunct faculty to teach courses in the field of cybersecurity. Coursework is designed for both computer science majors (who will be tasked with building relevant cybersecurity applications) and management generalists (who will be responsible for ensuring their companies understand their legal obligations and have policies and procedures in place).

Required Education and Experience
• Minimum of a BS in Computer Science/Information Systems
• At least 5 years of experience in the field of cybersecurity; graduate degrees preferred.
• A CISSP certification is highly desirable as is a CompTIA Security+ certification.
• Teaching and course development experience, either campus or online, is desirable, as is an ability to communicate technical topics to non-technical individuals.
• A solid understanding of organizational leadership and management in relationship to organizational information systems is a plus.

Academic Responsibilities:
• Teaching assignments are made on a per-course quarterly basis. Individuals in commuting distance of Orange County are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Your current Curriculum Vitae and Cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position should be submitted directly to Aida Smailagic, VP of Human Resources at aida.smailagic@sofia.edu

Lead and Associate Adjunct Faculty - MBA Chinese Language Distance Learning

Reports to: Chair of Business Programs
Department: Academics
Classification: Part-time

Program Description:
Sofia’s MBA, Chinese Language, Distance Education Program is offered in collaboration with Zijing Education in Bejing, China. All courses are offered online in Mandarin language. This program is offered only to Chinese students studying in China. Sofia delivers core courses, concentration electives, and a 2-course capstone sequence. We currently seek Lead and Associate Adjunct Faculty qualified to teach the following subjects: Managerial Accounting, Behavioral Economics and Strategy, Positive Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, and the MBA Capstone.

Program Summary: Lead Adjunct Faculty:
Lead Adjunct Faculty are assigned responsibility for a multi-section course in one of the areas of focus. Using an online Learning Management System hosted in China, the Lead Faculty develop course content that is built into the LMS (including lectures, PowerPoint files, readings, and student assignments), and host a weekly webinar with enrolled students. Lead Faculty supervise the Associate Adjunct Faculty in the grading of student assignments (e.g., by providing grading rubrics) and addressing student questions. Additional duties as assigned to ensure student learning and success. Ideal candidates will have a doctorate, or other graduate degree with significant professional experience, in the assigned teaching area; and experience with online course development and teaching. Fluency in Mandarin and English required.

Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree in a relevant academic discipline listed in the Program Description above.
• Experience teaching graduate level courses.

Preferred Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in a relevant academic discipline listed in the Program Description above
• Familiarity with learning outcomes and assessment planning and implementation.
• Familiarity with “best practices” in online course development and instruction.
• Previous expertise coordinating the work of Teaching Assistants or Associate Faculty across multi-sections of a single course

Position Summary: Associate Adjunct
Lead Adjunct Faculty are assigned responsibility for a multi-section course in one of the areas of focus. Using an online Learning Management System hosted in China, the Lead Faculty develop course content that is built into the LMS (including lectures, PowerPoint files, readings, and student assignments), and host a weekly webinar with enrolled students. Lead Faculty supervise the Associate Adjunct Faculty in the grading of student assignments (e.g., by providing grading rubrics) and addressing student questions. Additional duties as assigned to ensure student learning and success. Ideal candidates will have a doctorate, or other graduate degree with significant professional experience, in the assigned teaching area; and experience with online course development and teaching. Fluency in Mandarin and English required.
Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree in a relevant academic discipline listed in the Program Description above.
• Experience teaching graduate level courses.

Preferred Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in a relevant academic discipline listed in the Program Description above
• Familiarity with learning outcomes and assessment planning and implementation.
• Familiarity with “best practices” in online course development and instruction.
• Previous expertise coordinating the work of Teaching Assistants or Associate Faculty across multi-sections of a single course

Position Summary: Associate Adjunct Faculty
Associate Adjunct Faculty are responsible for one or more sections of a course in the area of focus. Associate Faculty support the Lead Faculty’s vision and curriculum for the online course through grading of student assignments, interacting with students online each week to review and clarify course material. Additional duties as assigned to ensure student learning and success. Ideal candidates will have at least a master’s degree with some post-graduate work experience in the assigned area. This position is ideal for doctoral candidates wishing to gain experience in online teaching, or professionals wishing to gain experience in online education, while building international relationships. Fluency in Mandarin required, fluency in English preferred.
Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree in a relevant academic discipline listed in the Program Description above.
• Experience teaching graduate level courses.

Preferred Qualifications
• Familiarity with “best practices” in online course instruction.

To Apply
Your current Curriculum Vitae and a Cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position should be submitted directly to Aida Smailagic, VP of Human Resources at aida.smailagic@sofia.edu.

Adjunct Faculty for MBA Programs

Reports to: Program Chair, Business Programs
Department: MBA
Classification: Bilingual- English, Mandarin and Cantonese

Positions
The School of Business at Sofia University seeks qualified individuals to apply for current and future part-time instructional assignments. Sofia seeks applicants qualified to teach MBA-level courses in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Operations Management, Business Law and Ethics, Strategy, Marketing, Data Analysis, Decision Science, Business Analytics, Global Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation Management, Project Management, Business Communication, Positive Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Psychology.

Qualifications Required:
• Doctoral degree in business or related field
• Demonstrated excellent online instruction experience
• Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
Required for some assignments
• Fluency in Mandarin
• Fluency in Cantonese

Application Instructions
Review of applications is ongoing; there is no application deadline for this announcement. Applicants should provide:
• Cover Letter, including information on business courses taught and languages spoken
• Curriculum Vitae, including list of courses taught and statement of teaching philosophy

All applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants assigned to an instructional pool. Individuals will be contacted to fill vacancies as they become available.

Based on qualifications and preferences, applicants may be appointed to online positions, delivered in Chinese or English, or to onsite classes at Sofia’s Palo Alto or Costa Mesa campus.

To Apply
Your current Curriculum Vitae and Cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position should be submitted directly to Aida Smailagic, VP of Human Resources at aida.smailagic@sofia.edu.

Sofia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the University’s policy to extend equal opportunities to all members of the faculty, staff, student body, and to applicants for admission or employment, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Adjunct Faculty Member in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence

Reports to: Program Chair, MSCS
Department: Program Chair, MSCS

Required Education and Experience
• Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Computational Science, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.
• Three or more years of graduate level teaching experience in the following areas: Computer Science Foundations (Algorithms, Automata, Discrete Mathematics), Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Software Engineering, or Computational Statistics.
• Curriculum development in computer science is highly desired.
• Five years of industry experience is highly desired.

Preferred Areas of Expertise
• Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Discrete and Statistical Mathematics

Academic Responsibilities
• Teach evening and weekend graduate level classes at the Sofia University Palo Alto Campus
• Work with a commercial learning management system to supplement classroom teaching
• Define course learning objectives, course quality, review regularly, and revise as needed
• Evaluate and grade student class work, assignments, and papers and provide quality effective feedback to guide student learning and academic success
• Develop graduate level courses and provide program and course reviews, as well as required course and homework contact hours
• Ensure that all work is in line with Sofia University policy and procedures
• Communicate with the Computer Science Program Chair on a regular basis
• Participate in academic administrative activities
• Strive at all times for teaching excellence

To Apply
Your current Curriculum Vitae and a Cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position should be submitted directly to Aida Smailagic, VP of Human Resources at aida.smailagic@sofia.edu.

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