Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy, Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL)

Location
Villanova
Posted
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy, Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL)

Posting Number: 20171333S

Position Type: Staff

Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants

Work Schedule: FT/11 Month

Department: 107-V I T A L

Position Summary
The Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL), a University-wide center, provides and coordinates services and resources for faculty to foster student learning by supporting teaching excellence. The Associate Director of VITAL for e-Learning Pedagogy will report to the Director of VITAL and will work closely with the Director on aspects of strategic planning to support Villanova University's comprehensive e-Learning portfolio. The Associate Director will direct VITAL programs and services that lend pedagogical support to e-Learning initiatives in Villanova's undergraduate and graduate programs. The Associate Director will work with academic departments and other University offices to provide evidence-based support in the development and implementation of online and blended learning experiences consistent with the goals of Villanova University's Academic Strategic Plan.

Because Villanova's broad e-Learning portfolio includes all programs in which technology is an integral part of the pedagogical approach and/or delivery, the AD will also have cross-functional responsibilities. These responsibilities will involve participating in and sometimes leading cross-functional teams, involving personnel from offices such as the Office of the Provost, UNIT-Center for Instructional Technologies, Office of Planning and Institutional Research, Falvey Library, and Learning Support Services, to develop strategies, processes, and services that support the e-Learning portfolio across the University's undergraduate and graduate programs.

The AD is intended to have the opportunity to teach one online course per semester in his/her academic area of expertise as part of the position appointment, with approval of the VITAL director and subject to department/program scheduling needs.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promotes instructional development in teaching, course, and curriculum design of online and blended courses through individual, team-based, as well as departmental consultations.
  • Works closely with the Director to provide leadership for developing and offering new services, programs, and resources for faculty that foster student learning in e-Learning environments.
  • Initiates and organizes discussions, presentations, workshops on topics pertaining to online and blended learning, and other technology-mediated instruction, including an annual University-wide program for faculty across disciplines to share evidence-based approaches for teaching online.
  • Provides ongoing instructional support for faculty around the application of evidence-based practices when designing and implementing instructional technology and online education, ensuring quality in blended and online learning environments.
  • Serves as project manager, coordinating course development teams including faculty, instructional designers, digital media specialists for online and blended course development and implementation.
  • Partners with Villanova’s Center for Instructional Technologies to support faculty in effective instructional integration of technology and teaching in blended and online learning environments, including, planning University-wide teaching-focused events, researching, evaluating, and recommending emerging technologies and pedagogies for potential application to the institutional context.
  • Participates and assumes leadership in cross-functional teams, involving personnel from offices such as the Office of the Provost, UNIT-Center for Instructional Technologies, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management, Office of Planning and Institutional Research, Falvey Library, and Learning Support Services to facilitate the integration of processes and services that support the broad e-Learning portfolio across the University’s undergraduate and graduate curricula.
  • Designs and delivers faculty development services such as online courses, webinars, learning modules, instructional materials, and resources to support student learning in blended and online instructional settings.
  • Designs and presents programs, workshops, and other activities in the areas of e-Learning pedagogy on request for departments and colleges.
  • Provides support and leadership for teaching initiatives that respond to changes in higher education; specifically, changing educational delivery models and innovative technology use.
  • Supports faculty research on learning and teaching with technology, blended and online learning.
  • Participates in and contributes to local and national professional organizations.
  • Contributes to VITAL publications and online forums.
  • Performs additional duties and assists with special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned Master’s degree in education-related field, instructional design, instructional technology, or other relevant field required.
  • Three years as a continuing non-tenure track, tenure-track or tenured college or university faculty member and/or three years’ experience designing, managing, and assessing online, blended, and other technology-mediated instruction in higher education.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of teaching with technologies, learning theory, and instructional design.
  • In-depth knowledge of pedagogical issues related to learning, teaching, and assessment in online (synchronous and asynchronous) and blended contexts.
  • Ability to place teaching with technology within the current higher education context, e.g., documentation of student learning, student-centered learning.
  • Experience with content management systems (e.g., Blackboard), online conferencing software (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom), and multimedia.
  • Knowledge of accessibility and Universal Design principles.
  • Familiarity with research and resources on online teaching and attributes of online learning environments that facilitate deep learning.
  • Knowledge of various technology tools (e.g., tools in Blackboard LMS) and how they might be utilized to support student learning.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and strong collaborative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty members in liberal arts and sciences as well as in engineering, nursing, business, law, and professional programs.
  • Sensitivity to academic disciplinary, departmental cultures, and faculty with diverse levels of expertise in teaching in blended and/or online formats.
  • Ability to articulate to faculty the benefits and drawbacks of various teaching and/or technological approaches in online and/or blended learning environments.
  • Familiarity with a variety of disciplinary conventions and practices that may impact the teaching and learning process.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty across disciplines and career stages.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while developing collaborative relationships with academic and co-curricular departments and academic support units across the institution.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and commitment to continued professional development.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in education-related field, instructional design, instructional technology or other relevant field preferred.
  • Teaching experience in higher education including both in-person and online formats, and use of technology-enhanced teaching highly desirable. Prior experience in faculty development work preferred.


Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours
N/A

Special Message to Applicants
For the required Statement on Teaching Philosophy please focus your reflection on teaching online courses.

Posting Date: 04/11/2017

Closing Date (12am ET):

Open Until Filled:

Salary Posting Information: Competitive

Salary Band: J

Job Classification: Exempt

To apply, visit: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/11008

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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