Online Adjunct Faculty in Web Design

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications


Join the faculty of U.S. News and World Report’s 6th ranked U.S. public university at an exciting time of growth and opportunity. The online graduate program within the College of Journalism and Communications (UF CJC Online) seeks to add its pool of qualified adjunct instructors to teach a variety of Web Design courses in our 100% online Master of Arts in Mass Communication program.

Since 2012, UF CJC Online has transformed lives through graduate education founded in theory and influenced by industry. We offer the most comprehensive, digitally focused online graduate programs in the world. Students choose from eight master’s specializations and four graduate certificates that offer unparalleled opportunities for professional growth and advancement. UF CJC Online’s flexible programs are demanding by design and competitive by nature. Equipped with the skills needed to move communication forward, UF CJC Online graduates are an unstoppable force for the Gator Good.

Our program offers courses in a traditional fall/spring format (15-weeks each) and one summer semester (12-weeks). Learn more about our program at:

Due to rapid growth, we are seeking additional qualified instructors who can teach in our Web Design and Online Communication Master’s and Graduate Certificate programs.

Courses in this program include:

  • Digital Imagery in Web Design

-This course familiarizes the students with the development and impact of imagery in interactive media. Students will learn how visual “language” is the basis for developing contextual symbolic meanings that are shared throughout a culture. Semiotics, information design, and persuasive communication will be explored in this course. The students will develop communicative images using their knowledge gained through lectures, discussions, and Adobe Photoshop training.

  • Digital Media Layout and Design

-This course introduces the students to the skills and concepts that enable them to create documents for both print and interactivity. Using Adobe InDesign, the students will apply their knowledge of color, type, layout, and design to create a portfolio project. While InDesign permits several possible workflows, this course will focus on those that most readily translate into digital design.

  • Web Design Principles

-In this course, the students will learn how the web operates as well as the associated terminologies such as frontend vs. backend languages, hosting and domains, web developer tools, and more. The students will learn HTML5, CSS, and basic JavaScript concepts that will allow them to create and host their own websites. In addition, the students will be introduced to version control concepts.

  • Advanced Web Topics 1: Advanced Design

-In this advanced course, the students continue advancing through HTML5, including video and form processing, CSS3 animation, advanced coding techniques, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance, and best practices for web design and development. In addition, mobile-first, responsive web design is also covered. In the second half of the class, students are introduced to JavaScript and get hands-on experience getting comfortable with JavaScript primitive and complex types, using variables, writing functions, and using constructs like loops and conditional statements. Basic project management tools and reinforcement of the design and coding processes including code validation, wireframes, mockups, and debugging techniques to round out this robust course.

  • Advanced Web Topics 2: Programming and Specialized Topics

-This course focuses on the application of current web design, development techniques, and the most recent tools used by professionals in the field. The students will also focus on development using version control, responsive design techniques, progressive enhancement, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and jQuery plugins.

  • Advanced Web Topics 3: Web Interactivity and Engagement

-The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the most practical tool of a web manager, the content management system (CMS). Using WordPress, the students will gain insight of CMSs and how they are used to save time and handle large amounts of data. The students will also learn more about server scripting using PHP and database integration with MySQL.

Basic Instructor Expectations:

  • Prepare all course materials prior to the start of each semester.
  • Meet Quality Assurance standards for course design.
  • Take ownership of course material and make updates to content and assignments to ensure the information is current and accurate.
  • Proactively engage with students throughout each week through meaningful activities that promote student academic growth.
  • Engage with students in a professional and respectful manner. Promote a positive learning environment.
  • Provide individualized, supportive and meaningful assignment feedback to further student learning.
  • Provide students with clear assignment expectations including directions, rubrics and samples if necessary.
  • Reply to student and staff inquiries within 48 hours.
  • Grade all student work within 10-days of the assignment’s due date or within 10-days of the submission date if the assignment was submitted late.


  • Master’s Degree required. Terminal degree a plus.
  • Minimum 3 years professional experience in a directly related field. 5+ years preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience in higher education. Online and/or graduate level teaching experience a plus.
  • Experience with Canvas LMS preferred.

Diversity and inclusion make our program stronger, and so we seek applications and nominations from a broad spectrum of individuals, including women, veterans, persons of diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities.

The College of Journalism and Communications understands the importance of diversity as a contribution to the industries of journalism and communication in our increasingly multicultural nation and globalized marketplace. We value diversity and the development of competence in intercultural communication and behavior for all who are a part of our College, industry and society. We are committed to incorporating diversity and inclusiveness in our faculty, staff, students, curriculum, research, immersion properties and culture.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online via ( and must include an electronic copy of the following:

  1. Cover Letter including indication of the specific course(s) the applicant is interested in teaching and how they are qualified to teach those course(s) (Required)
  2. Resume or CV (Required)
  3. Teaching Philosophy Statement (Optional)

Note for applicants: Applications status updates will not be sent since all application materials will be reviewed for consideration of both current and upcoming needs as they arise.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.