Job Requisition Number: 26420. UC Berkeley seeks an experienced, charismatic, and entrepreneurial 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 and reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, the Director provides campus-level leadership related to faculty development and teaching, in support of the campus mission to provide all students a learning experience worthy of the top-ranked public institution in the country.
UC Berkeley is experiencing a renewed focus on teaching and learning excellence with the implementation of our new strategic plan (https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu/). Particular areas in the undergraduate curriculum that pose a unique opportunity for this position to influence include: (a) discovery and interdisciplinary learning and (b) fostering digital pedagogies for student success and increased enrollment.
As a member of the leadership team for Research Teaching and Learning Services (RTL), the Director supports and advocates for instructors, working in close collaboration with campus experts on academic technology, digital learning, and research services within the unit. 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 position provides leadership, direction, staff supervision, and operational oversight for 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 a vision 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 all faculty.
The incumbent directly supports the Committee on Teaching and convenes faculty and staff partners to address critical issues and develop strategies to strengthen teaching and learning at Berkeley, including working with Deans, Chairs, and the Academic Senate to develop appropriate policy and guidance. This position also works with faculty to develop and manage grants related to teaching and learning and leads 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 faculty to enhance teaching and learning excellence and innovation from course to curriculum. The CTL partners with Colleges 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 and promotes excellence and innovation in teaching and learning by supporting the Distinguished Teaching Award, the College of Letters and Sciences Teaching Excellence Colloquium for new faculty, the Digital Pedagogy Fellows, the Presidential Chair Fellows, Lecturer Teaching Fellows, Graduate Student Assessment Fellows, and Instructional Improvement Grants. Broadly, the CTL serves as a campus change agent for academic issues related to teaching and learning.
The Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) The AIS is a hub for rich, intellectually engaging, interdisciplinary conversations and connections, bringing instructors, researchers, and academic support staff together to advance their teaching, learning and research. In partnership with the Library, RTL consultants and other campus academic units, the AIS offers drop-in support and consultations for multiple teaching and research-related services. The AIS also hosts more than 100 workshops, dialogues, trainings, colloquia, and other public programs each year, serving more than 3,000 people from over 200 departments and faculty-serving groups. Topics are varied, timely, and relevant, touching on everything from the management of large-enrollment classes, equity and inclusion, accessibility, active learning, technology-enhanced teaching, high-performance computing, data science, to digital literacy.
The AIS and CTL work closely together to provide essential support, training, ideas, and inspiration for all levels of instruction across the campus and curriculum.•Ph.D. in a related area and/or equivalent training and leadership experience in an organization focused on teaching and learning, including program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial responsibility. •Demonstrated experience developing and conducting professional development for postsecondary faculty that improves student learning outcomes; enhances instructional and curricular practices; and engages faculty for whom teaching is one of many responsibilities. •Proven ability 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. •Intimate understanding of the academic environment of a research university and experience creating a teaching culture within a research university setting. •Thorough understanding of evidence-based teaching practices, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), the science of learning, and current trends and issues in teaching. Active participation in professional networks and proven ability to align programs and services with institutional needs and best practices in higher education. •Experience managing staff consultants and developing innovative programs. •Experience teaching at a postsecondary institution. •Excellent analytical, written, interpersonal, communication, consultation, and presentation skills. •Preferred: experience building collaborations between academia, industry and/or governmental agencies and with grant writing/fundraising/revenue generation.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.