Part-time Online Instructors (Remote): Health Care Innovation Lab Courses

The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s online Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI) invites applications for part-time instructors for 2019–20. Each instructor will facilitate an existing 4-week online lab course in innovation methodology or health care transformation. Labs complement existing lecture-based online courses taught by core program faculty. Lab instructors will work primarily with department staff and teaching assistants, as well as core faculty, to provide MHCI students with guided practical experiences in transforming health care.

Online Lab Course Overviews

  • Innovation Methodology (Pitching Innovation): Consult with students to implement design thinking and innovation methodologies in order to define, develop, and pitch an innovation project in their professional context..
  • Transformation (Building a Case for Transformation): Guide students in planning to refine, test, and implement their innovation project (see above), and preparing to cultivate leaders, champions, and collaborators in their vision.

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.
  • Interact with individual students, may be asynchronous, typically within 1 business day.
  • Grade (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory), using a provided rubric; task may be shared with TAs. A 72-hour 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, or health care innovation.
  • Experience as an instructor or student in courses with an online component preferred.
  • Basic web content skills.
  • A graduate degree in a related field and prior teaching experience are preferred.

The expected instructor commitment for each lab spans 8 weeks and may 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. These positions pay a stipend of $2,500 and do 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, by September 16, 2019.

Teaching Assistants

Are you interested in helping mid-career professionals learn online about health care innovation? Apply to become a teaching assistant (TA) for the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s Online Education programs. We are looking for TAs to help develop and run courses related to health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, and entrepreneurial thinking in a health care setting.

TAs assist in preparing course materials, monitoring courses, and grading work from enrolled learners. Work is performed remotely. Training and regular check-ins are provided. Typical tasks include:

Course Development

Average of 9 hours per week, not to exceed 15 hours. Project duration to be determined.

  • Assisting with gathering course assets and creating visual aids.
  • Drafting quizzes and other assessments.
  • Reviewing videos for quality and consistency.
  • Proofreading and editing captions and transcripts.

Course Delivery

Average of 5 to 7 hours per week for the duration of the course, 4 to 8 weeks.

  • Managing course announcements.
  • Supporting learners via email (with a 24-hour turnaround on responses).
  • Grading discussions and other writing assignments, using a provided rubric (within 5 days of submission).
  • Monitoring discussion forums daily and participating weekly.
  • Supporting faculty-learner interactions, e.g., attending synchronous sessions and moderating chat.
  • Identifying learner needs and directing important issues to faculty and staff.
  • Reviewing student evaluations and contributing feedback on courses’ overall effectiveness.


  • Content knowledge in a health care field and/or pedagogical experience.
  • Basic web content skills.
  • Online and library research skills.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and promptly.
  • The ability to work both independently and with a team.

Proofreading skills and experience using Canvas and PowerPoint are preferred.

Work is available during spring, summer, and fall terms. Hours will vary depending on course needs and the phase of production. Work may be carried out remotely with staff supervision.

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 (