Adjunct Faculty: Open Source Development Fundamentals
- Job Title: Graduate Professional Studies, Adjunct Faculty
- Course: Open Source Development Fundamentals
- Division: Rabb School, Graduate Professional Studies (GPS)
- Location: Online
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 290c: Open Source Development FundamentalsStudents will learn about managing community development in relation to the technology infrastructure frequently used to support decentralized workflow for design, development, and distribution. In addition to introducing elements of technical infrastructure including development, community, communication, distribution, and administration tools, students will be introduced to workflows that ensure quality and predictability as well as common project methodologies and approaches.
After course completion, students should be able to:
- Develop an implementation plan and make recommendations for production workflow in response to Open Source Software case studies.
- Apply iterative and incremental methodologies to given case studies.
- Differentiate and critique the support, management, and governance of different types of distributed open source communities.
- Describe and assess infrastructure frequently used to support workflows designed to ensure product reliability and project integrity.
- Determine and apply applicable project management methodologies that lend themselves to decentralized development and Open Source values.
Qualified candidates will have Subject Matter Qualifications in the following areas:
- Experience in and knowledge of the open software movement
- Substantial technical, managerial, and governance experience leading Open Source Software production and workflow improvement within an open source software community
- Experience with OSS production in a for-profit company or non-profit host organization is desirable
- Knowledge of and experience with managing open and proprietary licensing for an Open Source Community
- Experience with community, participant, and client communication and outreach
- Teaching experience preferred; online teaching or learning experience preferred.
- General responsibilities include:
- For all courses - develop and deliver the course according to our teaching standards, which include actively facilitating online discussions, providing relevant and timely feedback on student work, reporting grades, and discussing student issues with staff.
- General skill requirements include:
- Strong interpersonal skills when relating to students.
The ability to communicate effectively in writing, including conveying complex information and promoting in-depth engagement on course topics.
The ability to devote adequate time to courses, including responding to students and providing meaningful feedback in a timely manner.
About the Open Source Technology Management SeriesThe 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.