Assistant Director

May 25, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The staff of The Chicago Center for Teaching ( support teaching at the University of Chicago through training, resources, expertise, and current research in the acquisition and deployment of pedagogical knowledge and skills. Services are open to faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students who teach undergraduate and graduate students. Staff members from the Center also collaborate with schools, divisions, and departments to advise them on existing teaching support practices, and offer supplemental services to increase and/or assess the effectiveness of programs. The Center also employs a number of graduate student Teaching Consultants and Fellows from departments across campus. The Center reports to the Dean of the College and to the Executive Vice Provost. The Assistant Director is a key member of the CCT staff, responsible for developing and leading a number of programs and initiatives around 1) graduate student and postdoctoral teaching and professional development, and 2) diversity and inclusive teaching, as well as providing individual teaching consultations and contributing to the administrative functioning of the Center. The Assistant Director manages the Teaching@Chicago TA orientation and the Teaching Consultant Program; assists with the CCT Fellows program and the Divisional Teaching Fellows program; develops and implements campus-wide programming on diversity and inclusive teaching; administers and develops additional programs for graduate students and postdocs; and works with CCT colleagues to contribute to the functioning of the Center. The position reports to the Director for Initiatives in the Humanities and Social Sciences (though candidates from any disciplinary background will be considered) and collaborates extensively with CCT staff members, faculty, graduate students and postdocs, and other colleagues on campus. In addition, the Assistant Director will continue developing collaborative relationships with UChicagoGRAD and other units on campus to advance the teaching and professional development of graduate students and postdocs at UChicago. We seek candidates with extensive knowledge of the current research literature on teaching and learning in a variety of disciplines, especially that on inclusive teaching, and with a history of successful college-level teaching experience, and experience advancing teaching and learning in higher education.

Unit Job Summary: The scope of work for this position includes the following: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVE TEACHING INITIATIVES (30%) - Develop and manage programming on inclusive teaching, building on current offerings and proposing new initiatives - Work with UChicagoGRAD Development and Diversity Director to collaborate on diversity and inclusion programs - Attend Diversity Advisory Working Group meetings and collaborate with other units on diversity and inclusion initiatives - Collaborate on inclusive teaching programming for instructors in various units, including Chicago Academic Achievement Program, Leadership Alliance, and Mellon-Mays - Mentor and collaborate with the Race and Pedagogy Working Group - Embed inclusive teaching principles throughout CCT program offerings, including Teaching@Chicago, by continually updating CCT staff on current best practices PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT (30%) - Develop and manage ongoing programs to support graduate and postdoc teaching and professional development, including the Teaching@Chicago TA orientation; the quarterly Seminar and Workshop on Teaching Portfolios; the Teaching Consultant program; and the Excellence in Course Design Award - With CCT colleagues, assist with the development and management of the CCT Fellows and Divisional Teaching Fellows programs - Collaborate and coordinate with the career development team of UChicagoGRAD to develop and implement professional development and job market preparation programs, including the Academic Job Market series CONSULTATIONS (20%) - Meet with graduate students and postdocs one-on-one to provide teaching and professional development support as needed - Review drafts and completed versions of graduate student teaching portfolios as part of the College Teaching Certificate process - Consult with individual departments (faculty, chairs, and/or graduate students) as needed to acquire information about teaching development programs and to increase departmental involvement with CCT resources and programs ADMINISTRATIVE (20%) - Manage the hiring of new Teaching Consultants - Observe TCs and provide feedback on consultation practices, including Individual Teaching Consultation (ITC) reports and pre- and post-observation meetings - Supervise ITC coordinator - Serve as liaison between UChicagoGRAD and the CCT - Perform other administrative tasks as required

Unit Education: PhD degree required.

Unit Experience: Experience REQUIRED - 1-3 years of experience working within a center for teaching or similar organization devoted to the development of teaching and learning - College-level teaching experience as instructor of record - Strong background in the theory and practice of teaching and learning in higher education, especially in the area of inclusive teaching - Experience with program development, marketing, communications, and management - Demonstrated history of success advancing high-quality education practices among graduate students, postdocs, and/or faculty - Excellent facilitation, consultation, and collaboration skills PREFERRED - Disciplinary background in the social sciences or humanities - Facility with instructional technology - Experience in a research-intensive environment

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of program subject matter required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Supervisory skills preferred. Required Job Seeker Documents: Resume, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy.

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