Managing Director, The Office of Teaching and Learning

University of Denver - Denver, CO (30+ days ago)4.3


The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) at the University of Denver invites applications for the position of Managing Director.

Located within the University Academic Programs unit of the Office of the Provost, the current mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning is to improve student learning across the University by fostering innovation and strengthening practices in teaching, course design, curriculum development, and assessment. The OTL staff supports faculty by advancing skills in course design, pedagogy, and academic assessment.

The range of OTL’s effort is from direct assistance to individual faculty to providing leadership for teaching excellence, innovation, and inquiry efforts on campus. The creation and implementation of new programs and services to promote and support deep and active learning within and across disciplines through evidence-based practices, educational technologies, and research on teaching and learning is a characteristic of the Office, whether within the OTL or as part of larger campus initiatives. The OTL participates in the development and implementation of institution-wide teaching and learning initiatives related to the university strategic plan, which currently include experiential learning, whole student development, and inclusive teaching practices (http://impact.du.edu/). We seek a highly organized, creative, and collaborative individual with experience in higher education to help lead a team which engages these issues.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the OTL Faculty Director, the Managing Director oversees teaching-related initiatives and promotes a culture that practices, values, and rewards excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment at the university. The Managing Director, working in collaboration with the OTL staff and DU faculty, collaborates with individuals, academic departments, and academic support units to foster capacity and community around teaching and to promote an institutional culture that values effective teaching and meaningful learning. In collaboration with the Faculty Director, the director provides leadership and vision for the continuous improvement of teaching, learning, and assessment at the University of Denver.

Essential Functions

The Managing Director will be expected to collaborate with OTL staff to:

Oversee direct support to faculty and develop support for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to enhance understanding and practice of a variety of pedagogical approaches aimed at enhancing teaching effectiveness, curriculum changes, course design, learning technology, learning environments, and assessment strategies
Ensure the quality, diversity, and number of teaching development opportunities to include consulting services, workshops, seminars, forums for collaboration, faculty learning communities and other forms of professional development that are offered within the OTL, online and in the divisions
Conduct comprehensive assessments of the professional development and support needs of faculty, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows across all divisions; collaborate with faculty and administration to identify the resulting priorities, and create appropriate programming to address those priorities
Collect, analyze, and use data effectively to inform OTL work; provide an annual report and assessment of the programs and activities of the OTL
Enhance the internal and external communication of the profile and scope of OTL’s supports and services
Coach, mentor and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and providing professional development planning and opportunities to encourage employee contribution, goal setting, feedback, and performance development planning
Facilitate and support campus collaborations in the scholarship of teaching and learning; stay abreast of literature on teaching and learning and network with national groups and individuals
Remain current with trends, research-based practices, models of teaching and learning as well as share literature and ideas with the DU community
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and program development skills
Direct daily operations for the OTL including office management, program planning, budget/fiscal planning and coordination with other divisions relevant to the work of the Center

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of student-centered learning and learning theories, outcomes-based curricular design, program development, assessment of learning outcomes, and technology enhanced teaching and learning grounded in educational research
Demonstrated ability to provide collaborative leadership and management skills, and to work collaboratively with other administrative academic units
Demonstrated understanding of principles and practices of learning-centered and inclusive approaches to teaching across disciplines
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a diverse group of students, faculty, administrators and staff both individually and in group settings, including writing, presenting, and one-to-one interactions

Required Qualifications

PhD or terminal degree in education and/or a related discipline
An excellent record of teaching experience at the college or university level
Successful administrative and professional development experience with faculty, preferably in a teaching/learning center
Experience in innovating new projects, proposals, and initiatives, to successful adoption and sustainability
Experience with direct responsibility for managing personnel and budget

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of professional development with a focus on teaching and learning (publications, presentations, certifications, etc.)
Evidence of promoting best practices and models of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
A background indicating a commitment to diversity and inclusion broadly defined

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 15, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:
Letter of application addressing qualifications and interest for this position
Current Curriculum Vitae
A 500-word statement on your philosophy of faculty professional development related to teaching and learning

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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