Executive Director Center for Teaching & Learning

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Job Title Executive Director Center for Teaching & Learning FLSA Status Exempt Posted Salary Range Employment Status Full Time Department Academic Affairs Department Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in assigned field of expertise; and 5 years of related experience.

Licensing Requirements: None

Purpose of Job

Reporting to the Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs of Alcorn State University, the Executive Director for Alcorn State University’s Center for Teaching & Learning will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for said Center, as well as leadership responsibility for its strategic mission execution as it relates to staff, programs, budget, and expansion. The inaugural director will be a proven scholar and practitioner who can advance teaching and learning praxis, including assessment, adult learning theory and digital praxis. The candidate would possess strong technological proficiency, deep knowledge regarding digital pedagogy; proficiency across a variety of learning management platforms, and collaborative skills to work with faculty in classroom course development, departmental educational program development, and organizational development. The overall strategic responsibility for the Center for Teaching & Learning will include, but is not limited to, innovative adult learning program development, scholarship of teaching, digital pedagogy, community outreach and engagement (i.e. service learning), advertising and branding, as well as fundraising. The director will work with partners across campus and draw on current research to shape and implement the Center along with its ongoing series of workshops, institutes, conferences, webinars, and short courses, which position the Center as a credible source of innovation, energy, and support for faculty development, teaching, learning and assessment. Thus, the director assists faculty in the development of course shells, learning content, faculty-published teaching materials/books. The director will be to undertake curriculum development and research by incorporating MOOCs, open source, freeware to improve the affordability of higher education for students. The director will possess the ability to assess the rigors of the teaching and learning processes and implement best practices to manifest continuous improvement aligned with institutional, school, program mission/goals. Finally, the director creates, collaborates, and curates the university’s growing library of free online courses in a variety of subjects, which can be audited free or purchased as a short-course or certificate-course.

Scope of Responsibilities

Leadership and Management
Ensure programmatic excellence, rigorous program assessment/evaluation, and consistent quality of andragogy.
The Director will participate in strategic planning and program development.
The director will assist with special projects such as conferences, workshops, executive roundtables, and a summer enhancement programs.
Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
Actively engage and energize the Center’s volunteers, board members and event committees as well as partnering organizations and funders; also welcome and engage Alcorn State University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community constituents.
Develop, maintain, and build a significant Advisory Board with strategic direction for both ongoing.
Develop modules, courses, and e-manuals to cultivate faculty leadership for scholarly research in teaching, learning and assessment.
Drafts general information concerning the Center and its policies and procedures.
Establish relationships with regional, state, and local teaching and learning entities for the purpose of leveraging synergies that yield mutually beneficial relationships.
Ensure ongoing program excellence that serves as a model for teacher preparedness in Southwest Mississippi.
Facilitate the University’s emphasis on service learning and the internationalization of the curriculum.
Generate proposals for external funding and expand local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and enlarge Center’s regional and national outreach.
Deepen and refine all aspects of communication especially in the areas of Web presence, social media, and external relations with local communities.
The position is also responsible for promoting the profile of the Center to the broader community.
Set up and oversee ongoing public relations effort to advertise the Center’s programs and activities with an emphasis on publicizing the positive experiences of learners.

Essential Job Functions

-Assure that the Center has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
-Implement a strategic plan for growth, funding expansion, and Center development while working in close collaboration with all stakeholders.
-Responsible for the Center’s consistent achievement of its mission and budgetary, fundraising, and financial objectives.
-Identify appropriate external resources to build capacity in the creation and sustaining the Center.
-Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Advisory Board and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Provost.
-Cultivate a broad base of knowledgeable partners for the Center that includes faculty, staff and under/graduate students who can work with the Director to advance and continue to develop the Center’s mission / programs over time.
-Promote active and broad participation by volunteers, supporters, and contributors in all areas of the organization’s work.
-Will assess curricular offerings and assist in building educational content delivery plans for a variety of learners.
-Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with University, federal, state and local regulations.
-Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
-Responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.


-Rich Experience of the research and practice in teaching and learning in HBCU land-grant institution.
-Demonstrate teaching excellence, with experience in digital-based pedagogies;
-Research and evaluate emerging learning technologies as they apply to instruction, participate in strategic planning, recommend and promote best practices for teaching and learning;
Provide leadership and support for emerging learning technologies and online education through faculty professional development and instructional design;
-Support a collaborative approach to assessment for learning that reaches across disciplines and departments;
-Advise, assist, and support faculty and staff in the development and maintenance of online programs and courses;
-Experience and knowledge of curriculum development and pedagogies that support the learning of students with diverse linguistic backgrounds;
-Develop, coordinate and assist in collaborative training for online education cohorts, new faculty orientation, and other instructional professional development programs;
-Experience and knowledge of research-based approaches to curriculum development and pedagogy that support and sustain inclusion and equity;
-Coordinate faculty review of programs and courses with application of principles of continuous improvement;
-Advise and assist faculty in designing online courses using instructional technologies and pedagogy, and in the use of the online LMS for all courses;
-Work with institutional directors to implement an assessment process for online and web-based courses to assist faculty in the assessment of core competencies and to transform all courses in support of the Center’s mission;
-Work collaboratively with the Distance Learning director to coordinate online education, faculty learning communities, and provide individual faculty consultation and research;
-Supervise teaching and learning support staff;
-Make frequent oral and written communication with college employees, students, and vendors, presents information on-line and in face-to-face settings, and enter data and written communications in electronic format in a timely manner.
-Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field andragogy, teaching, and learning;
-Responsible for promotional literature, websites, and social media updates;
-Promote and facilitates research proposals, grant opportunities, funding competitions in the advancement of teaching and learning;
-Coordinates special and marquee events appropriate to the Center’s teaching and learning mission;
-Holds regular meetings with key stakeholders to share information and ideas, streamline processes and procedures, and take sustainable action.

Punctuality is highly regarded and expected. The director is expected to be available throughout the year during the normal business hours, and may occasionally have work obligations during evenings and weekends.


Terminal degree in Curriculum Design, Professional Development, Online Education, Education, or a related field (eg. PhD, MFA, other) or equivalent, with at least 5-7 years of relevant work experience in the areas of teaching, learning and/or assessment in higher education
Experience as an instructional faculty member in higher education, including online instruction
Documented evidence of technological expertise in an educational setting, or a combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of this position
Experience designing online and hybrid curriculum
Possess a strong track record of teaching in higher education
Experience administering complex projects and monitoring budgets
Ability to work effectively with professionals in an academic setting
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
Strong communication skills – verbal, written and visual
Peer-reviewed publication track record in the area of teaching and learning or the scholarship of teaching

Licensing and Certifications Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Ability to prioritize assignments
Knowledge of BANNER processes and scripts
Ability to work independently
Program management/directorship experience
Ability to work cooperatively with a team environment
Ability to build consensus among various and varied entities, organizations, groups, leaders, volunteers, etc.
Knowledge of relevant higher education laws (e.g., FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, etc.)

Physical Requirements

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas No Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds Not Required Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds Not Required Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds Not Required Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds Not Required Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds Not Required Travel Occasionally Extended Work Hours Occasionally Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S480 Number of Vacancies 1 Location Lorman Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date 09/14/2018 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes EEO Statement

EEO Statement:
Alcorn State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational programs, activities, services, admissions, or employment practices. The following offices are designated to handle inquires and/or complaints regarding non-discriminatory policies and procedures of Alcorn State University:
Complaints, inquiries, or specific requests in regard to Title IX and Section 504 directives should be made to: Title IX Office, Walter Washington Administration Bldg., Room 519A, Lorman, MS, 39096, (601) 877-6700.
Complaints, inquiries, or requests in regard to non-discrimination in employment practices should be made to: Human Resources Department, Walter Washington Administration Bldg., Room 107, Lorman, MS, 39096, (601) 877-6188
Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to ADA/ADAAA compliance in employment practices should also be made to the department of human resources.

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Professional)
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    Posted: 2/19/2019
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