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Part-Time Instructor Pool – UX/UI Design and UX Research – UC Berkeley Extension

Position overview

Percent time: Temporary, part-time appointments are offered on a course-by-course basis.
Anticipated start: Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; some appointments may begin as early as the summer 2021 semester.
Position duration: Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window

Open date: May 17th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Job Type

Academic - Non-Tenure Track

Job Summary

UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach on-site and online courses in UX and UI Design and UX Research.

UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic instructors with a commitment to professional and continuing education in UX and UI Design to lead multiple courses each year. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.

Courses are offered on-site in San Francisco and online in asynchronous and live online synchronous formats via Canvas and Zoom. Most on-site and live online courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend (Pacific Time).

General Duties

We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following subjects. Refer to a complete list of courses on our website.

User Experience (UX) Design:

  • Agile and Lean UX
  • Emotional Design
  • Service Design
  • UX Accessibility
  • UX Content Strategy
  • UX Design Thinking
  • UX for Emerging Technologies AR, VR, MR and AI
  • UX Information Architecture
  • UX Mobile and Tablet Design
  • UX Strategy
  • UX Usability Testing

User Interface (UI) Design:

  • UI Design Patterns
  • UI Diagramming and Prototyping
  • UI Information Design
  • UI Interaction Design
  • UI Micro-interactions
  • UI User-Centered Design for Data Visualization
  • UI Visual Design Principles
  • UI Voice Design (chatbots)
  • UX-UI Design Portfolio

User Research Methods:

  • Qualitative User Research
  • Quantitative User Research
  • User Research: Heuristic Evaluations
  • User Research: User Testing
  • User Research: UX Analytics and Metrics

Other UX/UI Design Related Topics
(please specify in your cover letter)

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:

  • Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; signing semester contract(s); communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs.
  • Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
  • Design interactive and motivational class activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
  • Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
  • Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
  • Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
  • Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for learning disabilities).
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
  • Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with the Program Director as needed.
  • Retain student records according to University policies.

Benefits Summary

Access to UC Berkeley library stacks and online resources, free and discounted software, and professional development through LinkedIn Learning. Workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage, Medicare contributions, mandatory Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan contributions (in lieu of Social Security), and voluntary 403b plan.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Advanced degree or equivalent international degree required.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
    • For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide US visa/work permits.
Preferred qualifications
    • 4 or more years of professional work experience in UX design, web design or development, product design or development, graphic design, interaction design, human computer interaction, human ergonomics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology or sociology.
    • Excellent research skills.
    • Experience teaching in a college/university environment
    • Corporate teaching, training, coaching or mentoring experience.
    • Experience in course development, including creating original academic content such as syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations/scripts, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
    • Experience teaching and/or developing online courses.
    • Icon design and pixel-level design.
    • Understanding of bit-depth, pixel-density and resolution issues.
    • Graphic user interface (GUI) screen layout and composition.
    • Experience in User Research Methods (quantitative/qualitative).
    • Knowledge of existing and new technologies and constraints.
    • Experience writing technical content and project specs.
    • Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
    • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
    • Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
    • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
    • Proficiency in one of the following: Sketch, Principle, Figma, InVision, UXPin, Adobe XD, Photoshop.
    • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Camtasia or Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); Google docs and slides; file sharing (Google drive); online shared calendars (Google calendar).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please include:
    1) the top 3 specialization(s) you are applying for within the UX, UI or User Research disciplines;
    2) how your training and qualifications prepare you to teach within your specialization(s);
    3) any classroom or online teaching, training or coaching experience you may have;
    4) your availability to teach: a) in-person classroom courses on-site in the San Francisco Bay Area; b) synchronous live online courses via Zoom (weekday evenings and weekends Pacific Time); or c) asynchronous online courses.
    5) any awards you may have received in UX-UI design or UX research; and
    6) a website link to your online UX/UI portfolio.

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

San Francisco Bay Area, CA