Academic Director and Teaching Assistant Professor
The Academic Director provides academic leadership and day-to-day management of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) program. This role requires a broad understanding of the ICT industry, plus domain expertise in one or more areas of the program, such as software development, telecommunications technology, or technology management. The primary responsibilities are overall program management, with emphasis on curriculum development, faculty selection and development, and course scheduling and delivery. The Academic Director works to ensure the content of the various concentrations is current, high quality, and meets the needs of employers and students. The Academic Director also works to ensure that the curriculum in each of the concentrations integrates with the ICT foundations courses, aligns with ICT program outcomes, and is complementary where appropriate with courses in other concentrations within the ICT program. Finally, the Director develops a deep understanding of the current strengths and weaknesses of the program, and in cooperation with industry advisors and faculty, creates, plans and implements a vision for where the program should be in the future with respect to technology, industry trends, and the changing dynamics of technical education and skills-based training.
The Academic Director works closely with other members of the ICT extended team such as the academic advisor, instructional support specialists, program assistant, recruiter, and members of student services to assure quality course delivery, support student advising, address student issues, provide support to faculty, and attract new students to the program. The Academic Director is also assigned a teaching load per academic year. The role has inherent responsibility to provide advising to students concerning the program and their careers as appropriate. In addition, the Academic Director represents the college at university and community events. The position is a full-time, benefited position and is a non-tenured, appointed faculty position in the teaching series.
- The Academic Director and Teaching Professor is responsible for all content areas of the program, including the ICT foundations courses, the core concentration courses, and the elective courses in each of the following nine concentrations.
- Database Design & Administration.
- Geographic Information Systems.
- Information Systems Security.
- Mobile Application Development.
- Project Management.
- Software Design & Programming.
- Technology Management.
- Telecommunications Technology.
- Web Design & Development.
- Specific responsibilities include:
- Curriculum development and quality assessment
- Identify and lead the development of new programmatic opportunities
- Teach select courses in the ICT program
- Faculty recruitment
- Train and provide support for faculty to ensure engagement in best teaching practices and adherence to University College Baseline Faculty Expectations
- Plan and implement the annual schedule, to include faculty assignments
- Monitor course delivery and address issues
- Review and approve student applicants
- Support student advising and help address student issues
- Identify the knowledge and skills requirements for incoming students
- Investigate and help develop solutions to address gaps in preparedness of incoming students
- Develop industry relationships to ensure the curriculum is responsive to employer needs and current with respect to ICT technologies and practices
- In partnership with faculty, evaluate the program and lead program initiatives and new curriculum development
- Engage in assessment reporting to assess the extent to which the program is meeting student learning outcomes
- Sunset curriculum based on such considerations as content, enrollments, and employer demand
- Assist with student recruiting
- Identify and evaluate potential local and national industry recruiting events
- Maintain professional knowledge of key developments and trends in the ICT domain
- Contribute to strategic initiatives such as the use of technology to enhance online instruction
- Participate in College and University committees
- Provide input regarding marketing strategies, collateral, and website content
- Master's Degree in a technical or related discipline
- Eight or more years of leadership experience in the ICT industry, or equivalent academic experience
- Strong management, teamwork, and problem solving skills
- Ph.D. in a technical or related discipline
- Previous teaching experience
- Curriculum development and assessment experience
- Demonstrable expertise in current ICT technologies
- Knowledge of best practices in both face-to-face and online course delivery
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
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 click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position, please direct inquiries to Chris Nicholson at
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover Letter