The Director for Teaching and Learning Excellence is responsible for leading efforts to grow faculty development, support engaged learning pedagogies, and build a plan for a future Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL).
In support of high-impact, engaged and experiential learning opportunities for students, the Director will build and support an expanded teaching and learning infrastructure in the form of faculty-designed, faculty-led teaching and learning initiatives to increase professional learning opportunities for faculty and, in turn, improve classroom experiences and outcomes for students.
This position will lead MBU towards an enhanced focus on teaching and learning and be crucial to ensuring that faculty can intentionally design courses and programs to include high-impact practices. In the longer term, this role will ensure that faculty will have access to ongoing development to enhance pedagogy, deepen learning, and utilize new techniques. To do this work, the faculty director will engage faculty in discussions, workshops, reading groups, workgroups, Fellows programs, and development opportunities. The faculty director will also showcase the excellent teaching already happening at MBU, promote a university-wide culture of teaching and learning, and foster continued innovation that will benefit MBU students.
This is a twelve-month administrative appointment with teaching responsibilities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with administration, faculty and staff, the Director will:
- Provide leadership to advancing teaching and learning initiatives.
- Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
- Collaborate with partners across the University in initiatives that support teaching, learning, and student success.
- Facilitate reading and discussion groups on professional topics related to pedagogy, student outcomes and other educational initiatives, and provide one-on-one and small group coaching.
- Develop a teaching academy for new faculty; providing support for a first-year faculty seminar; designing, developing, and implementing regular workshops on timely topics for faculty.
- Organize events highlighting faculty expertise in areas pertaining to pedagogy, supporting development and assessment of courses and instructors.
- Design and oversee professional development programs to enhance teaching effectiveness.
- Provide support and resources for faculty to improve instructional strategies and curriculum design.
- Promote culturally relevant and inclusive teaching practices and the development of diverse curricula.
- Encourage the use of technology and innovative pedagogical approaches.
- Collaborate with faculty and curriculum committees to enhance the quality and relevance of academic programs.
- Stay updated on best practices in curriculum design and assessment.
- Implement assessment strategies to evaluate teaching and learning outcomes.
- Use data to make informed decisions for program improvement.
- Monitor and report on the effectiveness of teaching and learning initiatives.
- Work closely with the Chief Academic Officer/EVPAA, Deans, Associate Deans, AVP of Learning Experience, and MBU Online team to ensure consistency of practice, particularly in the collection of student learning data.
- A terminal degree (doctoral degree preferred), significant experience as a faculty member at the undergraduate level, and in a residential liberal arts setting.
- Expertise in research-based teaching practices, experience designing and leading initiatives in academic settings, and experience with developing strong partnerships and cultivating a collective vision.
- The successful candidate should have extensive knowledge of effective strategies to promote student success within higher education and within (a) specific discipline(s).
- Proven success in working with faculty in one-on-one and in group settings, demonstrated skill in collaboration, knowledge of assessment of student learning and curricular outcomes, commitment to inclusive pedagogies, and familiarity with scholarship of teaching and learning.
- A comfort with and demonstrated commitment to diversity and fostering a collaborative multicultural environment.
- Ability to work independently, attend to multiple projects simultaneously, and to deliver accurate results and meet deadlines.
- Intellectual vigor and a professional reputation to merit credibility and respect with a wide range of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially in a complex organization.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
We strongly encourage internal candidates to apply.
Job location: In person, on the main campus in Staunton
To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Cameron Shirley, Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at email@example.com by December 31, 2023.