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 to provide a well-rounded 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 an online classroom. It is the responsibility of the adjunct faculty to create excellence in the online 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 in an asynchronous environment with students 5 days a week through posted instructor guidance, threaded discussion, and assignment feedback
  • Provide student support via email, phone and within the online classroom
  • 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

Firearms Technology 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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Unmanned Technology Open Faculty Positions:

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fundamentals
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years or more professional experience in flying drones for the military, commercial or public safety missions or for an industry-recognized drone pilot training organization
  • FAA 14 CFT Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command Certificate
  • 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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Introduction to Engineering Technology
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in any engineering or engineering technology discipline
  • Two years or more professional experience in general engineering technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, autonomous systems, drones, unmanned air vehicles or unmanned aerial systems
  • 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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Systems Engineering Management
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in any STEM related discipline
  • Two years or more professional experience in systems integration or systems engineering practices and managing a system engineering team
  • 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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Flight Test and Evaluation
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in any STEM related discipline
  • Two years or more professional experience in flight testing and evaluation of manned and unmanned aircraft
  • Two years or more professional experience in working with drones either in the military, commercial or public safety missions or for an industry-recognized drone pilot training organization
  • Current FAA 14 CFT Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command Certificate
  • 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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Engineering and Technology Project Management
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or project management
  • Two years or more professional experience in project management within an engineering or technology environment applying project management methodology
  • 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