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HSE Lead Instructor

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Job Location:
Denver, 80217-3362
Adult and Distance Education
Location: Denver, Colorado
Family Literacy Program

By applying to this posting, you are entering an applicant pool for affiliate faculty. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed. The number of these temporary, part-time, non-tenure track academic positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the program. As such, not everyone in the applicant pool for this position will be contacted and/or selected to teach.  


Position Summary 

The Family Literacy Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites applications for part-time affiliate faculty teaching positions. The Program's part-time lead instructors teach adults seeking a High School Equivalency diploma. These positions are semester-based and include classroom instruction and planning time. 

For more information about the Department of Family Literacy in our College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, please visit:


MSU Denver enrolls over 16,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today's college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups. 


  • Provide direct classroom instruction, including one-on-one tutoring, in math/science or language arts/social studies to adults using approved High School Equivalency curriculum, student-centered teaching methods and materials  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of content  
  • Foster encouraging and supportive learning environment for students by responding to instructional needs and by integrating pathways to career and higher education into instructional delivery and providing weekly feedback to students  
  • Collaborate with lead teaching staff regarding curriculum, materials, testing and evaluation and assist with lesson planning and class preparation  
  • Create individualized educational plans with each student based on learning needs and identified student goals  
  • Fulfill all testing, record keeping, and reporting responsibilities  
  • Use industry standard software to track student progress, analyze student performance data, and adapt instruction accordingly  
  • Participate in and contribute to staff professional development and training  
  • Other duties as assigned 
An affiliate faculty member's duties include but are not limited to: teaching assigned classes in person or online by delivering course content to students, preparing course materials and lesson plans, grading student work, providing students with robust feedback in a timely manner, addressing student questions consistent with university, college/school, and department policies, and providing online or in person academic support to students as needed and appropriate for the teaching assignment; providing instruction in assigned classes consistent with the content and learning objectives of the regular course syllabus and, if required, with department course coordination policies; maintaining office hours; and complying with university-wide student evaluation of instruction policies and peer observation policies.  


Required Qualifications 
  • Ability to teach online, in-person at offsite locations, and during daytime or evening hours  
  • Experience teaching adults in Spanish and knowledge of High School Equivalency/GED exams; including preparatory digital learning management platforms and corresponding assessment tools  
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, or advanced digital skills to quickly learn new learning management systems  
  • Broad knowledge and skill with instructional techniques and strategies to think critically and proactively adapt instruction to meet student needs and challenges  
  • B.A. in Education or related fields  
  • Two years of formal instructional experience in adult education  
  • ABEA (Adult Basic Education Certification) or willingness to obtain it within two years  
  • Knowledge and practice of current adult education theory  
  • Experience with standard educational assessment tools  
  • Ability to pass a background check 
  • Ability to lift/carry 20 lbs 
Preferred Qualifications 
  • Master's degree in adult education or related field  
  • Understanding of College and Career Readiness Standards  
  • Experience developing and/or delivering contextualized/student-centered instruction  
  • Familiarity with the state approved HSE exams (GED and HiSET) and their content  
  • Intermediate conversational Spanish skills  
  • Ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of immigrant, low income, and diverse urban populations  
  • The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups 
Terms of Employment 

Affiliate faculty are part-time, at-will employees hired to teach on a per credit hour basis for specific classes, usually on a semester-by-semester basis. Affiliate faculty are not eligible for benefit coverage under the University's benefit program. All such teaching assignments are dependent on budget and enrollment.  


Qualified candidates will be expected to teach in person at off-site locations in the greater metro area upon hire.    


Salary for Announcement 

The salary range for this position is $25 - $30 an hour. 


How to Apply 

Candidates must apply online through MSU Denver's career site, Complete applications will include the following required materials:  
  • CV or resume 
  • Cover letter 
  • A list of three professional references and their contact information 
Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application. 


Please submit questions to Robb Gallegos, Adult Education Program Manager, at


Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire. 

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting Representative
Tanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative Email


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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