University Center for Teaching and Learning - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (19004560)
The University of Pittsburgh seeks an experienced leader for our Teaching Support team (known as the Teaching Commons,) who has a proven track record of providing innovative teaching support, successful use of instructional and learning technologies, and a broad range of faculty development programs. This position offers a tremendous opportunity for someone who is passionate about teaching and learning, and who wants to contribute in a meaningful way to assuring the highest quality of learning opportunities at a major research university. The Director of the Teaching Commons role is a senior leadership position within The University Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Teaching Center reports to the Provost and provides central support for teaching, online learning, educational technology, learning space design, classroom technologies, and media services. The Center is also home to the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching, and the University of Pittsburgh Testing Center. The position provides leadership and operational oversight for the teaching support and consulting unit, the Teaching Commons, which includes individual faculty consulting, course and learning design, and curriculum development, as well as focused initiatives around assessment of teaching, active learning in large enrollment courses, diversity in the curriculum, graduate student teaching, applied research, and faculty development and engagement. Several new initiatives fall under the director's purview, including the Center for Mentoring, the Center for Communication, and the Center for Diversity in the Curriculum.
The director is also responsible for the coordination of several activities on behalf of the Office of the Provost, such as New Faculty Orientation, annual Innovation in Education awards, and the annual Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Curriculum awards program. While the University Center for Teaching and Learning is a central organization serving the entire Pitt community, the Director of the Teaching Commons is required to closely collaborate with discipline-based teaching centers across campus to exchange ideas and share best practices, playing a leadership role in creating communities of practice across the institution.
The position reports to the Director of the University Center for Teaching and Learning, serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Center's Management Team, and advises on key issues related to teaching and pedagogy. The Director participates in strategic and operational planning, staff development and other activities. The position is highly visible on campus, and requires the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, deans, other senior administrators, students and staff. A broad understanding of current practices in university-level teaching, learning sciences, and educational technology, typically gained through experience at multiple institutions and leadership roles in national professional organizations, is critical to this role. Depending upon candidate interests and qualifications and University needs, there may be opportunities for the holder of this position to be affiliated with and/or teach in the University's School of Education.
Position Requirements: * A minimum of ten years' experience in instructional design, teaching, and instructional technology, with a significant portion of that time having been spent in a leadership role. * Strong leadership skills
o Effective communication and presentation skills o Passion and commitment o Ability to motivate and inspire staff o A commitment to diversity and inclusion
* Strong educational technology and media skills o Experience with Blackboard, Canvas or similar LMS o Experience with current tools and strategies to support learning (e.g. OER, learning analytics, mobile learning, virtual reality, games, etc.) * Teaching experience at the college or university level * Significant management experience that includes: o Supervision of individuals, including performance management o Planning and reporting o Managing budgets o Recruiting, hiring, motivating and developing staff * Significant project management experience that includes: o the ability to meet and manage multiple deadlines o fostering teamwork among disparate groups o use of tools for organizing, tracking and reporting * A Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, or a terminal degree in another discipline and equivalent experience in teaching and learning leadership is required. Doctoral degree is preferred. * Experience with SoTL research is highly desirable.
Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, or terminal degree in another discipline and equivalent experience in teaching and learning leadership is required. Doctoral degree is preferred.
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position: (a) A minimum of 10 years relevant professional experience; (b) Experience teaching at the university level; (c) Demonstrated knowledge of function and application of instructional technologies in higher education; (d) Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design and learning theory and practice; (e) Demonstrated knowledge of project management practices and methodologies as well as a history of successful project implementations; ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals and objectives; (f) Experience managing staff across multiple projects and activities; (g) Experience managing budgets; (h) Experience with Canvas or Blackboard, or other comparable learning management system.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Administrator.IV
Minimum Education Level Required: Master's
Minimum Experience Level Required: 10+ years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00
Hiring Range: TBD Based on qualifications
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter
Optional Documents: Not Applicable
Internal Number: 19004560
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.