Fall 2021 Adjunct Faculty LDSH 201-01

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7080965
Posted: July 9, 2021
Application Deadline: July 30, 2021

Job Description

Fall 2021 Adjunct Faculty LDSH 201-01

Location: Moraga, CA

Open Date: Jul 8, 2021

Deadline: Jul 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Per course adjunct faculty for the Master of Arts in Leadership program's course, LDSH 201-01.

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


LDSH 201-01 - Practice of Building a Learning Community


Opening In-person: September 11 & 12, 2021

Online asynchronous: September 13, 2021 to October 22, 2021

Closing In-person: October 23, 2021


Workload is 3.0 units.

Faculty for this course will serve as Cohort Liaison, meeting with the cohort for 2 hours at the end of each course (December 5, 2021, February 26, 2022, April 10, 2022, June 18, 2022, August 7, 2022, October 22, 2022, December 18, 2022, February 25, 2023, Closing residential retreat April 23-26, 2023). Cohort Liaison work is paid as special compensation.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction and orientation to the MA in Leadership Program and establishes the foundation for success in the program in four distinct and interrelated ways. One, the course acquaints the student to key values, principles, concepts, practices and methods of the program. Two, it helps to facilitate the transition into graduate level study, as well as into learning in an adult serving blended in-person and online program. Three, the course enables students to develop important skills that enable effective engagement in the coursework, with learners in the cohort, and in learning and practicing leadership within and outside of the program. And four, the course begins the journey in which a collection of individual learners who enter the program with unique backgrounds, needs, and aspirations, and eventually develops into a community of learners.

Your participation in this learning community journey provides you with the experiential ground for learning leadership as a relational and social process, which is seen by many as necessary for practicing leadership in an interdependent world. This leadership learning journey also provides you with practical knowledge in building learning communities in contexts in your work and life.

Course Objectives:

These four goals are fulfilled through engaging in various learning activities, such as readings, discussion, written papers and various kinds of experiential and presentational activities. More specifically you achieve each of these goals in the following ways:

To become familiar with the values, principles, concepts, practices and methods of the program, learners will achieve this by:

Actively engaging in the learning activities presented during Executive Weekends.

Follow guidelines and directions regarding online attendance, participation and performance.

Engage in substantive interaction via postings in discussion forums.

To make the transition into graduate level study and into learning in an adult serving blended in-person and online program, learners will achieve this by:

Navigating the Moodle system to be able to find information about the course (assignments, eReserves, and forums), program resources (Resource Guide, Student Handbook), and SMC resources (Library, E-mail, APA resources).

Developing personal learning goals for the program.

To develop important skills that enable effective engagement in the coursework, with learners in the cohort, and in learning and practicing leadership within and outside of the program, learners will achieve this by:

Demonstrating understanding of the role multiple intelligences play in adult learning.

Developing an understanding of adult learning theory

Deepen capacity for reflection (content, process, and premise areas, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group levels).

Recognizing one’s preferred learning styles and orientations, while appreciating the variations among cohort members.

Exploring how one can apply their learning to groups in one’s own work/community/home environment.

Reflecting on and articulating a personal definition and/or perspective of leadership

To participate and succeed in becoming an effective learning community (a high-performing learning team), learners will achieve this by:

Developing an understanding of the concept and practices of a Learning Community.

Collaboratively setting values and behaviors for the Cohort’s Learning Community.

Discussing and practicing the different levels of interaction (intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group), and attend to the group dynamics within the community.

Practicing the skills of compassionate communication: Listening, empathy, expression, disclosure, and giving feedback.

Increasing self-awareness of preferences and styles of interaction with others.

Identifying the essential ingredients of developing a group into a learning community.

Reflecting on one’s experience of practicing the intra- and inter-personal skills and capacities toward becoming a constructive contributor to the development of the cohort into a learning community.

Faculty Requirements:

Applicants must reside in California

Experience teaching online/hybrid courses

Experience working with learning communities

Understanding of adult development and adult learning theories

Familiarity with MA in Leadership program is essential for Cohort Liaison work.

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2359652

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