Instructional Designer

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Posted with Limited AccessNoLimited Access Period Ending DateTitleInstructional DesignerPosting NumberS01225Full-Time/Part-TimeFull-timeTypical Hours Per Week38.75Regular, Temporary or TermIf temporary or term, enter anticipated end dateBenefits Eligible?YesHourly/SalariedSalariedBand/LevelSP3BHiring Minimum$61,737DepartmentProvostLocationMonterey, CA CampusHire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screeningCriminal Background Check Position Summary

Position Summary

The office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) seeks an energetic and forward-thinking instructional designer to support evolving strategic initiatives involving digital learning at Middlebury.
Reporting to the Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media, the instructional designer will work closely with faculty and staff to plan, design, and create inspiring and effective digital learning environments. The instructional designer will provide crucial support for projects, help to explore new areas of digital learning, and provide insights to strategic decision-making processes related to digital learning. The instructional designer must have experience and knowledge of instructional design principles, but should be adaptable to the evolving nature of the field and to the strategic priorities of Middlebury and the interests of faculty.
As a member of the Digital Pedagogy and Media team, the instructional designer works with all of Middlebury’s programs, including the Undergraduate College, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the Language Schools, the Schools Abroad, and the Bread Loaf School of English and Conferences. Because of this broad scope, the instructional designer must work collaboratively with other teams and provide advisement and support where needed.
The instructional designer will work closely with faculty and staff to plan, design, and create digital learning experiences and environments. S/he will leverage seminal and emerging scholarship on digital learning design to inform practices while being mindful of the unique contexts of Middlebury. The instructional designer will also help to assess projects and provide feedback to decision makers to inform future digital learning strategy. The instructional designer works to form partnerships around assessment with stakeholders such as the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research. The instructional designer will work independently and with faculty and staff teams dispersed across Middlebury’s campuses. Healthy communication strategies are essential—the instructional designer should be able to communicate effectively, with tact, empathy, and clarity. The instructional designer will also use project management strategies to prioritize projects and communicate to the Digital Pedagogy and Media team on their status.


Essential Functions

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

- Consult with faculty, staff, and students to provide ideas and guidance for digital learning projects
- Work with faculty, staff, and students to develop digital environments for learning, including discussion tools, assessments, and personal cyberinfrastructures
- Regularly read, evaluate, and share scholarship on pedagogy, design, and trends in digital learning
- Collaborate with colleagues in DLINQ, information technology, libraries, media services across Middlebury who support academic programs, and digital learning initiatives to plan, launch, and support projects
- Help to facilitate meetings, presentations, and workshops to discuss relevant topics or projects
- Track progress on projects and provide management guidance and leadership for cross-functional and cross-institutional teams
- Work with partners in offices like the Center for Teaching Learning & Research, the Office of Assessment, Libraries, and others to provide resources for teaching and learning projects. Working with a broad range of partners helps to approach teaching and learning holistically and recognizes various opportunities to collect feedback, do research, and engage in reflection to improve practice.
- Create documentation and guides related to digital learning
- Attend and present at relevant conferences to share Middlebury’s digital learning work more broadly
- Provide regular updates to the Director, the Digital Pedagogy and Media team, and DLINQ on the status of tasks and projects

General Responsibilities

- Performs other related duties as assigned.



Master’s degree required; Ph.D. preferred. The key qualification for this position is an advanced degree in any academic discipline that provides a foundation for understanding how faculty and pedagogy work, particularly in online/blended contexts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Professional-level communication and project management skills that allow the instructional designer to work independently and within teams. Ability to communicate with empathy, tact, and clarity is essential.
- Commitment to practicing intentional, thoughtful, and inclusive approaches to synchronous and asynchronous collaboration with team members and colleagues across distance.
- Sophisticated knowledge of a broad range of theoretical bases for online/digital learning and how those theories impact design, practice, and valuation of digital learning. Theories may include connected and constructivist learning paradigms, theories of andragogy, and critical theories.
- Advanced technical and administrative knowledge of learning and content management systems such as WordPress and Canvas. Clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of LMS and familiarity with approaches to digital learning that can take place outside of “walled gardens.”
- Knowledge of research methods, quantitative and qualitative assessment approaches, and evaluation on online and blended courses/programs.
- Demonstrated professional engagement through papers, presentations, and digital publication streams.
- Clear grasp of educational research on distance, online, and digital learning.
- Knowledge of the evolving landscape of educational technology, higher education, and the teaching profession will be needed in this job.
- Knowledge of copyright policies and experience in working with copyrighted materials in various digital settings. Knowledge of open licensing and OERs is desired.
- Experience with open and connected infrastructures for learning, such as Domain of One’s Own. Experience with these open cyberinfrastructures is preferred.
- Cultural sensitivity and ability to work successfully in a multicultural and open office work environment.
- Global mindset and awareness of multiple realities (linguistic, cultural, educational, etc.) within and beyond higher ed.


At least 2 years of experience with higher education-focused digital pedagogy and educational technology is required. Experience working with faculty in academic settings is important. Teaching experience, particularly in online/blended courses, is preferred.

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Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.


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    Posted: 7/17/2019
    Application Due: 9/14/2019
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