Faculty Opportunities

Become a part of the faculty at Sonoran Desert Institute and experience the fulfillment of teaching what you know to others and the impact you can have on the lives of students and their educational journey. Our faculty bring years of industry-specific knowledge to the students of SDI and we would like to bring more years of industry-specific knowledge to our faculty pool to provide the best academic experience for our students. If you enjoy what you do and have a passion to teach others, look at becoming faculty with Sonoran Desert Institute where you will have the opportunity to make a difference.

Remote positions are currently available to applicants residing in: AZ, CO, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA, TN, and TX.

Adjunct Faculty Member

In this part-time role, Adjunct Faculty will integrate their educational and practical experiences into facilitating the course material within a Learning Management System. It is the responsibility of the Adjunct Faculty to create excellence in the virtual classroom by providing students with quality instruction and support as they progress through their educational journey.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Meet established faculty requirements and responsibilities
  • Provide academic interaction with students 5 days a week through posted instructor guidance, threaded discussion, and assignment feedback
  • Provide student support via email, system messaging within LMS, threaded discussion, and phone (as needed)
  • Grade and provide constructive and detailed feedback on student work to assist students in achieving academic success
  • Foster a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the classroom discussion and learning process
  • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources, and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others
  • Maintain effective and efficient record keeping
  • Collaborate with peers to enhance the instructional environment
  • Serve as consultant on the development of curricular materials as needed

Open Faculty Positions:

Firearms Fundamentals and Repair
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience in gunsmithing, armoring/firearms repair, or firearms assembly and disassembly
  • Two years or more experience teaching or training adult learners

Apply now if you are interested in this faculty position and meet the qualifications.

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Firearms Ballistics and Reloading
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience in ammunition manufacturing, bullet making, hand-loading, ballistics analysis, precision barrel manufacturing or long-range marksmanship
  • Two years or more experience teaching or training adult learners

Apply now if you are interested in this faculty position and meet the qualifications.

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Firearms Machining and Manufacturing
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience as a machinist in firearms manufacturing or general manufacturing
  • Two years or more experience teaching or training adult learners

Apply now if you are interested in this faculty position and meet the qualifications.

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Firearms Finishes and Engraving
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience in metal finishes and engraving in firearms repair, gunsmithing or firearms manufacturing
  • Two years or more experience teaching or training adult learners

Apply now if you are interested in this faculty position and meet the qualifications.

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Firearms Customizing and Woodworking
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience with stock making, custom stock fitting, woodworking or checkering in firearms repair, gunsmithing or firearms manufacturing
  • Two years or more experience teaching or training adult learners

Apply now if you are interested in this faculty position and meet the qualifications.

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Firearms Accessories
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience working with small scale thermoforming processes such as Kydex holster-making or experience in the firearms industry with demonstrated ability to build thermoformed holsters
  • Two years or more experience teaching or training adult learners

Apply now if you are interested in this faculty position and meet the qualifications.

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For years, prior to becoming a faculty member for SDI, I had diligently sought a community that shared my passion for advancing gunsmithing innovation as well as excellence in education. When I found SDI, I found that community. SDI is a higher education institution that, like me, is committed to empowering students to become innovative leaders in their companies and communities through state-of-the-art firearms industry-driven academia.

Rick Casner