Director of Learning Spaces and Technologies

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Posted with Limited AccessNoLimited Access Period Ending DateTitleDirector of Learning Spaces and TechnologiesPosting NumberS01480Full-Time/Part-TimeFull-timeTypical Hours Per Week38.75Regular, Temporary or TermRegularIf temporary or term, enter anticipated end dateBenefits Eligible?YesHourly/SalariedSalariedGradeMG3BHiring Minimum$78,907.40DepartmentOffice of Digital Learning and InquiryLocationMiddlebury, VT CampusHire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screeningCriminal Background CheckPosition Summary

The director of learning spaces and technologies promotes the creation and integration of established and emerging learning infrastructures in support of the curricular and scholarly practices of our community. With a focus on connecting learning environments to the strategic goals of Middlebury, the director engages a diverse range of collaborators across Middlebury including faculty, staff, students to articulate a vision for Middlebury’s digital and physical learning spaces, and works with the digital learning and inquiry (DLINQ) leadership team to enact that vision. In collaboration with the DLINQ leadership team, the director promotes a vision for Middlebury’s digital and physical learning spaces that embodies values of inclusion and anti-racism.

Working in close partnership with faculty and staff across the Libraries; Information Technology Services; the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research; MiddData and META Lab; and elsewhere across Middlebury, the director ensures that faculty and students across Middlebury have access to and support for tools and spaces for research, teaching, and learning.

The director works with faculty across all Middlebury programs to support learning space and learning technology needs in alignment with Middlebury’s strategic goals. This means evaluating existing spaces/tools, speaking with faculty and students about unmet needs or exclusionary barriers and creating plans for improvements. This work requires creative problem-solving and an understanding of teaching and learning research to help address instructional and inclusion issues.
This position reports to the associate provost for digital learning and is a member of the DLINQ leadership team.

Essential Functions

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

Earliest anticipated start date is December 7, 2020.

- Establishing requirements for learning and research infrastructure and tools, creating workflows to support educational programs within those environments, and overseeing a broad range of projects that involve tools like GIS and text mining databases, annotation, online courses, open web practices, and platforms like open access publishing and digital archives, and emerging interdisciplinary movements like the digital humanities.
- Co-creating a vision for Middlebury’s Domain of One’s Own initiative (MiddCreate), helping advance the goals of that open learning infrastructure (and others) for teaching and research at Middlebury.
- Collaborating with faculty on projects that involve updates or new infrastructures/spaces/tools, in collaboration with instructional designers in the Digital Pedagogy and Media team.
- Proposing and designing creative solutions to pedagogical issues faced in physical and digital learning spaces and working with the appropriate campus partners, especially Information Technology Services, to build and test those solutions.
- Participating in planning, implementation, and assessment of new classroom designs, and serving as an advisor to the Space Committee, as well as a member of the Academic Space Advisory Committee.
- Participating in planning efforts to align infrastructure, systems, and support structures to support academic programs.
- Conducting research to evaluate how learning spaces and infrastructures are used across all programs, disseminating that research to campus partners, and using the research to inform recommendations and strategies for improving physical and digital campus spaces.
- Collaborating with colleagues in Facilities, the Disability Resource Center, and others to create and advance accessible physical and digital infrastructures that are inclusive of diverse learners.

General Responsibilities

- Communicating about the group’s work via websites, emails, and other forms of communication.
- Working collaboratively with other units in this group to meet strategic goals.
- Working collaboratively with the exploratory initiatives/partnerships and digital pedagogy/media groups to identify opportunities for exploration, creative problem solving, and partnership.
- Reporting regularly to the Associate Provost to provide updates, requests, and helpful information.
- Performing other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s and graduate degree required. Terminal degree strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Professional-level interpersonal communication, collaboration, supervision, project management, and facilitation skills.
- Ability to work with and manage a team of specialists across the country; ability to adopt an institution-wide mindset and work with constituents across a global network of programs and campuses.
- Ability to communicate with empathy, tact, and clarity.
- Knowledge of and experience with equity- and justice-centered design approaches to facilitation and innovation processes in educational contexts.
- Knowledge of and experience with open education initiatives. Demonstrated advocate for open practices, resources, and infrastructures in support of more inclusive and accessible education.
- Experience with open and connected infrastructures for learning, such as Domain of One’s Own.
- Knowledge of and experience with accessibility and inclusion initiatives within learning environments in higher education
- Demonstrated facility with current and experimental technologies commonly used in digital humanities projects.
- Substantial theoretical and practical knowledge regarding blended or hybrid learning in the academic environment, classroom and educational technologies; an awareness of how digital tools, techniques, and resources are best acquired, described, preserved, and delivered to students and faculty to support learning, teaching and research.
- Demonstrated experience with digital learning technology infrastructures including video asset platforms such as Panopto, web publishing platforms such as Wordpress, learning management systems (LMS) such as Canvas, Moodle, or Blackboard. Clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of LMS and familiarity with approaches to digital learning that can take place outside of “walled gardens.”
- Familiarity with theory and research on learning environments and with best practices in learning space design.
- Professional engagement through papers, presentations, and digital publication streams (e.g., blogs, Twitter).
- Knowledge of the evolving landscape of educational technology and its intersections with higher education and the teaching profession.
- Project management and organizational experience.


At least 5 years supporting digital learning and curricular technology initiatives in higher education. At least 8 years of experience managing teams of specialists, preferably in higher education environments. Experience working in complex organizational situations with institutional and external partners is preferred. Experience partnering with academic departments and faculty on a wide range of projects is required. Teaching experience, preferably within a higher education context, strongly preferred.

Physical DemandsClose DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

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

Earliest anticipated start date is December 7, 2020.

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Posted: 10/10/2020
Application Due: 1/8/2021
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