Associate Dean, Innovative Teaching & Learning

Washington, DC
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is a catalyst, a spark to generate new ideas and new possibilities. Responsive to the changing landscape of information and education, being sensitive both to traditional and emergent modes of communication, we bring together diverse constituents of faculty, students, and staff in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community to support research, teaching and learning. As part of the larger George Washington University, we are a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens.

The Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Learning will oversee the ongoing enhancement of GW's programs in pedagogical innovation, both face-to-face and online. To this end, the Associate Dean will oversee the STEM lab (STEMWorks) that provides support to students and faculty in learning and teaching quantitative concepts and scientific reasoning; the eDesign shop for online course creation; the Instructional technology lab, that provides support for the learning management system at GW (Blackboard) and other faculty technologies (e.g. lecture capture, student response technologies); and the University Teaching and Learning Center. GW seeks a creative thought leader with strong management skills and experience as an instructor with online education to integrate these units into a university wide resources collaborative and system that will lead to curricular transformation with pedagogically sound digital teaching tools. It is also desirable for the successful candidate to teach a course during each academic year. This position will report directly to the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, working closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Libraries and Academic Innovation.
The incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

  • Manages the University Teaching and Learning Center (UTLC), the STEMWorks Lab, the Instructional Technology Lab (ITL), and the eDesign shop.
  • Creates an environment of collaboration that leads to better understanding of the value of teaching and learning initiatives across the university. This dialogue will inform the strategic vision, goals, and initiatives in support of the highest possible aspirations for the University which is striving to become a national and international leader in teaching and learning in higher education.
  • Develops a vision and strategic plan that includes faculty development at all teaching levels (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral) and fosters the development of policies and programming that support faculty to become more informed, confident, creative, and reflective teachers.
  • Collaborates with Academic Affairs in the development of a landscape of programming support for faculty that includes both breadth of pedagogical approaches as well as depth of engagement in specific approaches (including supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning).
  • Works with Deans, Associate Deans and Department Chairs to identify different ways to offer customized support for their respective constituencies.
  • Provides leadership in cultivating an engaged, supportive environment for STEM-related teaching and learning that advances successful student outcomes and effective learning experiences across the curriculum.
  • Is responsible for the development, launch, and support of existing and new online and blended courses and programs.
  • Serves as an active participant in institution-wide online learning initiatives and committees, and form a collaborative relationship with academic schools to support their curricular objectives.
  • Oversees the campus' Learning Management System (Blackboard) and related technology resources used for teaching and learning activities.

The position is based at GW's Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Advanced degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 12 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
  • Doctorate degree required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • An innovator, collaborator, and strategist with a deep understanding of both the opportunities and challenges that are emerging in the rapidly evolving teaching and learning landscape.
  • A proven track record as an administrator, substantive experience as a teacher of a discipline within higher education including online education, a strong appreciation of the faculty role in a research university, and the ability to gain the confidence of faculty in order to catalyze support and enthusiasm for advancing the educational mission of the university.
  • 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.
  • A seasoned leader with the skill to elevate the visibility of the areas under her/his purview and serve as a partner for campus-wide priorities.
  • Possess a vision for fostering an environment of pedagogical innovation, including online learning.
  • Experience in successful management of significant budget resources and operations, including technology and highly-skilled professional staff; capacity to lead an effective, high-performing organization, including creating and implementing long-range plans; an ability to manage, motivate, and develop synergies and a sense of team among the staff and with the faculty.
  • Knowledge of current best practices for effective teaching and learning; knowledge of learning analytics; ability to provide leadership in pedagogical innovation that leverages cutting edge methodologies.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and creativity necessary for success in position.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: University Libraries Family Academic Affairs Sub-Family Academic Administration - School Stream Executive Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday- Friday; 8:30am-5:30pm Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006278 Job Open Date: 04/18/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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    Applicant Documents
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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents
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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae


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