Part-time Online Instructor (Remote): Health Care Innovation Lab Course

The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s online Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI) program invites applications for a part-time instructor for 2020–21. The instructor will facilitate an existing 4-week online lab course in innovation methodology. The lab complements an existing lecture-based online course taught by core program faculty. The lab instructor will work primarily with department staff and teaching assistants, as well as core faculty, to provide MHCI students with guided practical experiences in developing and pitching an innovation project relevant to their professional setting.

Lab Overview

The lab instructor will guide students as they construct a plan for an innovation project and develop materials to help them build support within their organization. Key components include reframing a problem, investigating potential solutions, and developing a hypothesis, as well as constructing a pitch deck and delivering a presentation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide extensive and detailed feedback on assessments, including guidance for any assignment revisions.
  • Lead online synchronous and asynchronous interactions with students.
  • Identify student needs and provide timely solutions in collaboration with core faculty and department staff.
  • Consult with individual students through email, telephone, or videoconference (typically with a 1 business day turnaround on requests)
  • Grade assignments using a provided rubric (task shared with TAs. A 3-day turnaround is expected).
  • Manage and collaborate with a team of teaching assistants.


  • Extensive content knowledge in a field related to behavioral economics, operations management, health care delivery, health care leadership, or health care innovation.
  • Basic web content skills.
  • Experience as an instructor or student in courses with an online component is preferred.
  • A graduate degree in a related field and prior teaching experience are preferred.

The expected instructor commitment spans 8 weeks and will be carried out remotely. This includes 2 weeks for preparation, 2 weeks for feedback on summative assessments, and up to 15 hours per week during the 4-week lab. The position pays a stipend of $2,500 and does not include benefits. If you are interested, please submit your résumé/CV along with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to Laura C. Hart, Director of Online Educational Initiatives, Applications due by Monday, October 5.


Teaching Assistants

Are you interested in helping mid-career professionals learn about health care innovation? Teaching assistants (TAs) play an integral role in online education from the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Our students are experienced health care professionals and aspiring thought leaders who are committed to improving health care. Our TAs facilitate the learning experience through structured interactions, feedback, and grading. They also support student success through communications and additional resources, as needed. The MEHP Online Education team, in turn, supports TAs as well as students and faculty. See curriculum details for the Master of Health Care Innovation and courses in our professional development program. TAs’ work is project based, with training and staff support provided. Typical projects include:

Course Development

Averages 4–8 hours per week, not to exceed 15 hours. Project duration to be determined. Tasks may include:

  • Drafting and reviewing quizzes and other assessments.
  • Reviewing course materials, including video lectures, for quality and consistency.
  • Proofreading and editing closed captions, transcripts, and other course materials.

Course Delivery

Averages 7–10 hours per week for the duration of the course, 4–6 weeks. Also includes some hours in the week before a course begins and after it concludes. Tasks include:

  • Supporting students via email (with a turnaround 24 hours or sooner).
  • Grading and providing feedback on assignments, using a provided rubric (usually with a turnaround of 5 days or sooner).
  • Facilitating synchronous and asynchronous faculty-student interactions.
  • Identifying student needs and directing important issues to faculty and staff.
  • Contributing feedback on the experience of teaching and learning in courses.


TAs are reliable, empathetic, and strong communicators. Qualifications include:

  • Content knowledge in health care or an adjacent field.
  • The ability to communicate promptly, professionally, and respectfully with students, faculty, staff, and fellow TAs.
  • The ability to work remotely, yet in coordination with a team.
  • Online and library research skills.
  • Pedagogical experience, proofreading skills, and experience using Canvas, PowerPoint, and Excel are preferred.

Work is available throughout the year. Hours vary depending on course needs. These positions report to the Associate Director for Online Instructional Design, Adam Zolkover. If you are interested, please submit your résumé/CV along with a cover letter explaining your interest and briefly describing your relevant educational or teaching experience. Submit materials to Adam Zolkover (