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Director, Center for Teaching and Learning (1794)

Job description

Pratt Institute seeks a founding Director of a planned Center for Teaching and Learning, scheduled to open its doors for the Fall 2018 semester.

The Center for Teaching and Learning will advance, support, and sustain a strong and inclusive culture of teaching and learning across the Institute, serving all of Pratt's faculty. As it contributes to quality teaching within and across disciplines at Pratt-in our studios as well as in our classrooms-the Center will also help to ensure that we serve our students as well as we possibly can, and that we achieve equitable outcomes for all.

Ideally, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be a place that supports faculty in the generation and nurturing of ideas related to teaching and learning (including assessment for learning), as well as a practical resource that offers programs and tools related to pedagogy, curriculum development, learning research and more.

Located on a historic 25-acre landscaped campus in the culturally diverse Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, Pratt is internationally recognized. Its six Schools-Art, Design, Architecture, Information, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Continuing & Professional Studies-enroll approximately 5,000 students a year from around the world. Approximately 1/3 of Pratt's students are international. Pratt's faculty is equally diverse, with 1000+ members from across the United States and around the world: approximately 150 full-time, tenure track and tenured faculty, and 850 part-time faculty, represented by UFCT 1460. We are committed to developing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community, and to shaping an environment for teaching, learning, research, creative and professional work that advances this vision.


Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the founding Director will be a proven leader who can advance teaching and learning, including assessment for learning, at the Institute, with particular attention to the needs-and opportunities-offered by Pratt's expertise in art and design fields. The Director will have a demonstrated knowledge of research on teaching, learning and assessment; meaningful experience in the areas of faculty and/or organizational development, and a strong record of teaching in higher education. Working with partners across campus, and drawing on current research in relevant fields, the Director will shape and implement a mission for the Center that establishes it as a vital, trusted source of energy and support for teaching, learning and assessment at Pratt. Developing faculty leadership for teaching, learning and assessment is expected to be a critical part of its operations.


Equity and Excellence

  • Support research-based programming for inclusive pedagogies that support Pratt's diverse multi-lingual and multinational student body.
  • Promote student, faculty and institutional learning through assessment that is tied to equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students.

Institutional Culture and Priorities

  • Align the Center's programs with institutional culture, with the priorities of the Institute's comprehensive Strategic Plan and with its Diversity Strategic Plan
  • Draw on and seek to advance current research on learning (cognitive, affective, etc.) in the context of the Center's programming, with attention to learning in the variety of settings in which learning occurs at Pratt: studio, classroom, internships, etc.
  • Draw on and seek to advance current research on professional development of faculty and on organizational change, in the context of the Center's programming
  • Support a collaborative approach to assessment for learning that reaches across disciplines and departments.


  • Shape a vision and develop programming to serve the needs of Pratt's large, diverse and highly professionalized faculty, whose members are leaders in their various disciplines, strengthening partnerships among individuals, departments, schools, and administrators to design programs that meet the varied needs of Pratt's faculty.
  • Cultivate a broad base of invested and knowledgeable partners for the Center that includes faculty, staff and graduate students who can work with the Director to advance and continue to develop the Center's mission / programs over time

Essential Qualifications

  • Terminal degree (eg. PhD, MFA, other) or equivalent, with at least 3-5 years of relevant work experience in the areas of teaching, learning and/or assessment in higher education.
  • Experience working with faculty in creative fields
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence
  • Experience in the areas of faculty and/or organizational development.
  • Knowledge of the scholarship of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Experience with program planning and assessment for learning practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of faculty, staff and students.
  • Experience with inclusive pedagogies and equity-based programming.
  • Experience with the application of educational technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Demonstrated managerial and operational experience, including the ability to set and manage a budget, to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to delegate responsibility
  • Strong communication skills - verbal, written and visual.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated teaching excellence, with experience in studio-based pedagogies.
  • Experience and knowledge of the research and practice in teaching and learning in all fields represented at Pratt, including art and design fields.
  • Experience and knowledge of research-based approaches to curriculum development and pedagogy that support and sustain inclusion and equity.
  • Experience and knowledge of curriculum development and pedagogies that support the learning of students with diverse linguistic backgrounds.
  • Experience with the design, implementation, and assessment of professional development programs, preferably in a leadership role.


Please submit your cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please also submit a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your current institute and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt.





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Job No: 1794
Posted: 1/11/2018
Application Due: 3/12/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable