Director of Simulation Innovations and Applications

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-21
Req: R0021250

The School of Education and Human Development (EHD) at the University of Virginia is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month salaried position to serve as the Director of Simulation Innovations and Applications within the EHD. The incumbent will help to develop and lead the delivery of a set of services within the EHD that includes supports and technical assistance to faculty engaged in teaching and research involving mixed-reality simulation. This includes the pre-service teacher training programs within the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education which provides training and guided practice to student teachers in a simulated classroom environment using the Mursion simulator. Using this platform, participants interact with student and adult avatars in virtual classrooms and offices, as a way to develop their applied and leadership skills. Other degree programs within the school (e.g., administration and supervision, clinical psychology) are similarly planning for expanded use of the simulator for graduate level training. There are also a number of research teams actively engaged in sponsored research projects that use simulation (e.g., SimLab, ACTS project), many of which are conducted in collaboration with faculty in engineering and data sciences. Through this position, we seek to expand the range and level of supports and services available to the faculty, students, and staff within the EHD to meet the growing need for support related to applications of simulation. This includes training and technical assistance in the use of simulation for teaching and/or research purposes across a broader range of applications (e.g., common teaching/leadership scenarios, interventions with vulnerable populations, coaching and consultation, and clinical training). Simulation is a quickly evolving field, therefore, the Director should also stay abreast of recent developments in the field of simulation and help infuse those innovations into the programming and supports offered within the EHD.


The Director will lead and innovate, in addition to overseeing and implementing a range of activities related to simulation, including collaborate with EHD faculty to write and manage custom-designed simulation scenarios; manage the simulation specialists’ (actors), as well as graduate assistant(s) who support the simulator; coordinate with the parent company of the simulation software (e.g., Mursion Inc., or other vendors) on software/system initiatives and external program expansion; revise or redesign platform scenarios/content as needed to meet user needs; and provide consultation and technical assistance to faculty, students, and staff seeking to use simulation for research or teaching purposes. This person will support other AI-focused collaborations and help identify opportunities to accelerate the pace of research and diffusion of innovations in simulation science. This person will also work with faculty to prepare elements of grant proposals focused on conducting research and programmatic innovations related to simulation, and contribute to progress reports and other related scholarly activities as requested. As the program continues to be integrated into EHD coursework and research programs, the director will evaluate the program’s effectiveness in meeting desired outcomes and needs for support.


  • A master’s degree in learning science, education technology, curriculum, instruction, or a related field is required. A doctorate is preferred.
  • Experience with online instruction is preferred, as is work with novice teachers and adult learners across settings.
  • Experience in conducting educational research and evaluation and proposing and receiving extramural funding are also preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership, mentoring, collaboration, and communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to design thoughtful curriculum and capacity for working across multiple stakeholders is preferred.
  • Ability to strategically plan and offer a range of services and supports to meet the growing need for simulation supports across multiple EHD departments, is essential.
  • Finally, an explicit commitment to diversity and of advancing understanding and outcomes for underrepresented groups and a demonstrated ability to promote culturally relevant experiences in a professional and engaging manner are essential.


Review of applications will begin February 10, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘'Director of Simulation Innovations and Applications". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Julie Cohen, Associate Professor of Education. For questions about the application process, please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 1/22/2021
Application Due: 3/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time