Job Title: Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence (0379U) #25842
Job ID: 25842
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Department ETS EducTechnology
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UC Berkeley has a unique opportunity for an experienced, charismatic, and entrepreneurial faculty development leader to serve in a newly envisioned role as our Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence. Housed within the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education's Research Teaching and Learning Services (RTL) unit and reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, the Director provides campus-level leadership related to faculty development and consulting in support of the campus mission to provide a learning experience for all our students worthy of the top-ranked public institution in the country.
Research, Teaching and Learning Services (RTL) supports Berkeley's ever-evolving teaching and research needs by providing essential, coordinated, policy-aligned tools, services, and expertise to the entire campus. The combination of teaching and research support groups under RTL improves efficiency, encourages collaboration, and creates opportunities to leverage existing resources in new and innovative ways.
The UC Berkeley campus is experiencing a renewed focus on supporting teaching and learning excellence with the implementation of its new strategic plan (https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu/). Two areas that will pose a unique opportunity for the incumbent to develop new and innovative programs and support are around the connection between teaching and research in the undergraduate curriculum and the focus in digital pedagogies to support enrollment growth and generate revenue.
The position provides leadership and operational oversight for both the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) (https://teaching.berkeley.edu/) and the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) (https://ais.berkeley.edu/). The Director also provides direction and oversight around faculty engagement broadly, is a recognized campus expert on pedagogy and is engaged in designing, conducting and supporting instructional design and instructor development programs for campus ladder and non-ladder faculty. They convene faculty and staff partners to address critical issues and develop strategies that will enhance Berkeley's teaching and learning including working with other administrative units, Dean and Chairs, and the Academic Senate to develop appropriate policy and guidance around teaching and learning issues and the incumbent directly supports the Committee on Teaching. This position actively works with faculty in developing and managing grants related to the scholarship of teaching (SOTL) and leads several external faculty development projects that generate revenue for the RTL organization.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) The CTL serves as the campus-wide nexus for supporting and engaging ladder and non-ladder faculty in efforts to enhance teaching and learning excellence and innovation. The CTL partners with the College and Schools, with the Academic Senate, and with other academic support units that contribute to the instructional mission of the campus. It also engages with a wide network of faculty leaders in promoting excellence and innovation in teaching and learning through its support for the Distinguished Teaching Award, the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Teaching Collegium, the Digital Pedagogy Fellows, the Presidential Chair Fellows and Lecturer Teaching Fellows. The CTL serves broadly as a campus change agent for academic issues related to teaching and learning. As an operating arm of the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education's office, it is well positioned to convene campus faculty and staff partners to address critical issues to enhance teaching and learning in the twenty-first century. The Director supervises the senior consultants in the CTL and provides overall oversight for the operations of the CTL.
The Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) The AIS brings together instructors, researchers, and academic support staff to foster innovation in teaching, learning and research. The Director will provide leadership for AIS programming and supervise the AIS Program Manager. The AIS offers drop-in support, in concert with its partners (library, D-Lab, bConnected, Digital Humanities, and others), for instructors and researchers from experts in research and teaching technologies and data and library resources. The AIS is a hub for rich, intellectually engaging, interdisciplinary conversations and connections. Topics are varied, timely, and relevant. Visitors come from more than 110 campus departments and organizations. The AIS hosts over 85 unique public programs a year serving over 1,350 instructors and researchers, engages in over 500 drop-in support activities and houses major campus teaching and research workshops, colloquia, faculty learning communities and training sessions.
Ph.D. in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training required; and experience in a leadership position in an organization focused on teaching and learning including program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial responsibility.
The ability to develop and conduct professional development for postsecondary faculty that will improve student learning outcomes by enhancing instructional practices and delivers that professional development in ways that will engage faculty for whom teaching is one of many responsibilities.
Demonstrated political skills to develop and maintain professional relationships and work collaboratively with campus leadership, department chairs, school/college deans, and faculty at all ranks as well as other directors and managers in academic partner units.
Excellent analytical, written, interpersonal, communication, consultation and presentation skills. Intimate experience with and understanding of the academic culture of a research university, and the ways in which this position can enhance a teaching culture within a research university and make the connections between teaching and research.
Demonstrated knowledge of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), faculty culture and disciplinary approaches to instruction, academic personnel, and relevant campus policies to ensure proper alignment of faculty development programs and services with institutional needs and evidence-based teaching practices.
Academic background and recognized expertise in a selected area of research and thorough knowledge of the broader faculty development and engagement field.
Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies including grant, and fundraising/revenue generation experience.
Salary & Benefits
Salary and benefits package will be competitive with industry for well-qualified candidates.
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Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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