Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

Mar 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

Humboldt State University

(Job #17-21) Administrator I, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, benefited, 12-month pay plan position in the Academic Programs department. This position is an Administrator I in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information, including the extensive benefits package, can be found at

Position Summary: Humboldt State University seeks a Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning to help drive innovation and high-impact student success efforts across our campus. We find ourselves in an exciting era, and require a leader to aid in these transformative efforts. We seek an individual who is highly collaborative, creative, and committed to student learning and faculty development. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) promotes excellence in teaching and enhanced student learning, cultivates learning communities, and supports the scholarship of teaching and learning. Reporting to the Vice Provost, the Director collaborates with faculty, instructional designers, IT, and librarians to develop teaching and learning programs and services, serves as a resource for the scholarship of teaching and learning, and advances campus understanding of pedagogy and the use of learning data and assessment to improve teaching. In collaboration with the Academic Assessment Coordinator, The Director is responsible for guiding professional development resources offered in support of student success efforts by a diverse range of campus units, and working to prioritize, coordinate, implement, and evaluate professional development and educational improvement activities.

The Center for Teaching and Learning, located in the University Library, is a faculty development service that will be developed with the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning as a collaboration and co-location of Instructional Designers, Director of Academic Technology (CEEE), LMS Support (ITS), Instruction Librarians (Library), and Academic Assessment Coordinator (Office of Institutional Effectiveness). Join this outstanding team and excellent faculty at HSU in developing and transforming teaching and learning, and support exciting initiatives currently underway; Klamath Connection (Placed-Based Learning), Re- imagining First Year Experience (AASCU), HSU Strategic Plan, Course Redesign with Technology, HSU Sustainable Learning, and the Humboldt Scholars Lab.

Duties: Professional duties for this position may include:
The Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning will establish and lead the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), in support of campus efforts to transform our institution into one focused on student achievement and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Director will create a learning community around effective pedagogy, and will provide inspiration, establish aspiration, and facilitate and support learning and change across campus.

The new CTL will provide a centralized, comprehensive faculty development program that provides opportunities for growth and transformation for faculty in learning, teaching and technology, and to enhance student success as part of HSU's educational mission. As a central component of the campus strategic plan, the CTL will be integral to the establishment of and partner with the Office of Professional Development. The CTL is being established on the third floor of the library nearby the Humboldt Scholars Lab, to be opened in fall 2016. Strategic partners located nearby include; the LMS Office, the Office of Special Collections and Scholarly Communications, the Academic Assessment Coordinator, and Instructional Designers and the Director of Academic Technologies from the College of Extended Education and eLearning, and by Fall 2017, Library Instruction Faculty

Enhances campus understanding and expertise of learning and teaching:
  • Provides outstanding instruction to faculty on effective student-centered teaching and learning, teaching with technology, high-impact practices such as evidence-based teaching, teaching in all modalities, and universal learning design.
  • Supports faculty development of curricular programming that engages students and ensures learning core competencies, such as; written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking.
  • Encourages developing educational programming that actively fosters the ability to work with others, appreciation for diversity, creativity, innovation, ethical and civic responsibility, and civic engagement.
  • Provides pedagogical expertise in consultation with faculty to enhance teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning modalities.
Develops, implements, and assesses faculty development programs designed to improve student learning experience and success:
  • Plans, develops and delivers in-service programs that align with current research on effective professional development, aimed at enhancing instructors' and administrators' knowledge about what is taught and how students acquire specific content knowledge and skills.
  • Provides creative leadership across the institution in the design and broad implementation of a comprehensive program aimed at engaging faculty at all stages, including non-tenure track faculty, in innovative pedagogies, consultation, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Provides leadership and innovation for enhancing teaching and learning through the identification, evaluation, adoption, and integration of effective educational innovations into the curriculum.
Fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary program development to enhance the effectiveness of learning:
  • Supports and sustains a culture of faculty engagement and innovation in learning by creating communities of practice thatfoster dialogue among faculty regarding pedagogy.
  • Collaborates with campus to support increasing diversity in society with educational and co-curricular programs, organizational development and practices.
  • Foster embedded student learning expectations in the standards that faculty use to evaluate student work.
  • Collaborates with other campus programs to support the development of student learning skills.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Academic Technology, Instructional Designers, IT, Library, HR/APS, and others to develop seamless faculty support services and programs organized under the Center for Teaching Learning, and collaborates with the Office of Professional Development as well.
Other tasks as assigned as they relate to abilities and experience.

Minimum Qualifications: Doctoral degree (PhD or EdD) required.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and an open and collegial style.
  • Knowledge of research, best practices, and emerging trends in teaching and learning, as well as faculty scholarship and leadership.
  • Demonstrated expertise in enhancing face-to-face, hybrid, and online teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of learning theories and assessment, scholarly research practices, teaching practices, and teaching technology.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Commitment to serving the needs of diverse populations, including traditionally underrepresented students and disabled students;
  • Knowledge of pedagogy, high-impact practices, problem-based learning, and undergraduate research;
  • Experience providing instruction and consulting to faculty on effective student-centered teaching and learning, teaching with technology, and teaching in all modalities, and universal learning design.
  • Experience with developing curricular programming, educational programs with broad campus collaboration.
  • Experience with developing professional development programs for faculty that are designed to improve student learning.
  • Demonstrated success in change management leadership and support, preferably in major academic renewal projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with creating collaborative or interdisciplinary learning communities and programs to enhance effectiveness of learning.
At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizen- ship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. Evidence of degree(s), including official transcripts are required at time of hire.

General Information:
Humboldt State University (HSU) is remarkable for its emphasis on faculty engagement in both undergraduate learning and cutting edge research, and for the commitment to act on its ideals of social justice and environmental responsibility. The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility is a campus tradition that started at HSU in 1987 and has since spread to campuses around the nation.

HSU is located in Arcata, California, along Northern California's stunning Redwood Coast, 275 miles north of San Francisco. HSU is a proud member of the public California State University (CSU) system. HSU serves over 8,500 students and offers 49 Bachelor's Degree programs, 11 Master's Degree programs and numerous credentials and certificates of study across four colleges: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; Natural Resources & Sciences; Professional Studies; and E-Learning and Ex- tended Education. Our world-class faculty and staff are committed to student-centered learning, research, and community engagement. HSU has been ranked as a top Western university (U.S. News & World Report) and a “Best in the West" college (Princeton Review). HSU has also been recognized as a Green College, as well as a Military-Friendly, Vegan-Friendly, and LGBT-Friendly institution. HSU students enjoy a rich campus life through more than 180 campus clubs, access to a state-of- the-art recreational facility, nationally recognized performers and speakers, and 12 NCAA Division II athletic teams.

Humboldt State University sits adjacent to Humboldt Bay on California's gorgeous North Coast, only 30 miles south of Red- wood National Park. The natural beauty of the North Coast is world renowned with landscapes that include rugged mountains, wild rivers, breathtaking beaches, and majestic redwoods that came to be as a result of its dynamic geologic history and set- ting. Amid one of the most beautiful natural laboratories in the world, our students live and learn among ancient redwood forests, mountains, rivers, and a wide variety of easily accessible marine habitats. HSU is committed to diversity in all forms, is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and maintains strong ties to the region's Native American tribes.

HSU's hometown of Arcata has a population of more than 17,000 and is known for its vibrant and welcoming community. Local elementary and secondary schools are ranked as high performers statewide and nationally. The City of Arcata is proud of its reputation as a politically progressive community that promotes civic engagement, innovative land use planning, and environmental sustainability. Arcata was first city in the United States to have a city-owned community forest, where thou- sands of visitors every year explore the 2,000 acre enchanted ecosystem on dozens of hiking and biking trails. Downtown Arcata is the site of “The Plaza”, where locally-owned shops line bike-friendly streets that lead into adjacent neighborhoods with charming Victorian architecture and community-run gardens. Residents of Arcata organize and engage in numerous community events, including farmers markets, vibrant art and music performances, running and cycling races, numerous environ- mental and seasonal festivals and parades, and Humboldt Crabs baseball, which is the longest continually operated semi- baseball team in the United States. Only seven miles south of Arcata is the larger city of Eureka with over 27,000 residents which is the largest port city between San Francisco and Portland. Humboldt County as a whole has approximately 130,000 residents.

Application Procedure: Please note that our application process has changed! We now require application materials to be submitted electronically. If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you. Qualified applicants should submit electronically the following materials:
  • Letter of Interest;
  • HSU Employment Application
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact information for at least three professional references;
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review).
Submission of the application materials should be sent as an email attachment to: Please include your last name and the job # (17-21) in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Early response is encouraged.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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