Adjunct Faculty: Open Source Community Development

Brandeis University's Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) is looking for an industry expert in the Open Source Software community to design and teach in our new Open Source Technology Management (OSTM) suite of course offerings. Brandeis University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities, and our online courses are developed using best practices in online learning.

About the Course

RMGT 290b: Open Source Community Development

This course will enable students to understand the various roles in communities of practice supporting Open Source Software development, adoption, and maintenance. Students will assess the characteristics, viability, and appropriateness of the community; how to participate in the community; and the implications of starting new (i.e  “forking”) communities. In this course students will learn about different types of communities: management philosophies, community governance, communication strategies, and how they  impact the roles and responsibilities of members, the expectations and responsibilities of  participants, the motivations of different community members, and how such communities may align—or not—with corporate interests.

After course completion, students should be able to: 

Qualified candidates will have Subject Matter Qualifications in the following areas:

About the Open Source Technology Management Series

The Open Source Technology Management series prepares students to successfully leverage Open Source Software to advance business objectives, while authentically and successfully  participating in open source communities of practice, and even advancing their own professional profiles and careers. Courses are student-centered, designed around problem-based learning enabling students to develop a critical understanding of open source principles and practices, such as collaborative development methods and models, communication styles and platforms, community assessment and engagement, intellectual property management, and organizational/operational practices. Real-world problems encountered in industry practice are presented as case studies to provoke critical analysis, foster discussion, and explore resolutions.

About GPS Faculty

GPS Faculty instructors are active practitioners in the industries that align with our programs and have the professional expertise to bring to course discussions and threads. Instructors are part time and work fully online, with no requirement to appear on campus. Our faculty have earned at least a master's degree with many holding terminal academic degrees and industry-specific credentials. Previous experience teaching online is not required; GPS offers a comprehensive  training program for qualified applicants.