Academic Director, Online Masters of Education Program

San Diego, California
May 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



Academic Director, Online Masters of Education Program

Department: Department of Learning and Teaching
Admin Full-Time
Job# IRC23839

Job Description:

Since Fall 2013, the University of San Diego has offered a fully online Master's of Education degree program designed for experienced educators interested in advancing their knowledge and practice through the integration of innovative pedagogies and inclusive and equitable instructional design. The program offers specializations in Literacy and Digital Learning, School Leadership, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), Inclusive Education and Universal Design for Learning, and Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to their specialization coursework, all students in the program will take a series of rigorous core courses in educational research methods, social justice and educational equity, and cognition and learning. The program culminates in a capstone seminar in which all candidates complete a classroom-focused action research project. There are three start dates through the year where students are admitted into the program. Courses run for seven week periods.

The position requires both administrative and faculty skills to manage the online courses, supervise admissions, coordinate faculty course assignments, and teach courses online. The program is housed within the Department of Learning and Teaching (DLT). The program director would be expected to work with the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) unit at USD. The position is supported by a designated administrative assistant.

Program Development/Management
•Facilitate program coordination between the Department of Learning and Teaching (DLT) and Professional and Continuing Education (PCE), including course scheduling and registration, and faculty assignments
•Build and maintain a strong collaborative relationship with the extended program team (course developers, program coordinator, program marketer, and enrollment advisors housed in PCE.) Coordinate program reviews and facilitate faculty discussion and implementation of course and program improvements.
•Provide leadership in accreditation (WASC and CAEP), program evaluation and review and Assessment.
•Oversee the monitoring and updating of the online MEd website.
•Oversee maintenance of student and alumni database for research and tracking purposes, organize, with assistance of executive assistant, surveys and group feedback sessions with students and alums to support continuous program improvement.
•Develop and oversee dissemination of program materials including brochures, newsletters, and other promotional materials.

•Teach three courses per year.

Instructional Leadership and Support
•Attend faculty and department meetings and participate in department committees where appropriate.
•Stay up-to-date on best practices in program design and instructional practices in online education.
•Provide leadership in supporting faculty professional learning around online teaching and learning practices and models.

Student Advisement and Support
•Oversee coordination of admissions and applications reviews for online M.Ed. program.
•Oversee coordination of the academic advising for students enrolled in online M.Ed. programs, including oversight of maintenance of handbooks and email list serves.
•Oversee monitoring of student progress to provide support, mentoring and intervention on students' academic progress when needed.

Additional Opportunities
The online M.Ed. director would be able to attend faculty events and qualify to participate in SOLES Global Study Courses.

This is a full-time, temporary, benefit-based position with an anticipated start date of July 15, 2017 and assignment end date of August 31, 2018. Assignment is renewable on a year-to-year basis.

•Doctoral degree in Education or a related field strongly preferred; can be substituted for a Master's degree with equivalent teaching experience in higher education
•Administrative experience
•Online teaching experience; expertise with technology and its application in educational settings
•Ability to work with others to create a collaborative learning community that is responsive to student and faculty needs
•Teaching experience in K-12 education and/or teacher education

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus.For more information,

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. A complete application will include (1) letter of intent, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) three letters of reference. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Suzanne Stolz If you have any other questions or difficulties, please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

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