Associate Vice President of Teaching & Learning
Chadron State College
Associate Vice President of Teaching & Learning
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Chadron State College in their search for an Associate Vice President of Teaching & Learning (AVPTL)
Chadron State College seeks a strategic and engaging online and faculty development professional to serve in this vital role. The ideal candidate brings proven experience in online programs and faculty training; curriculum design and assessment; and innovative pedagogy utilizing online, hybrid and face-to-face delivery methods.
The successful candidate is an outward facing, highly collaborative leader who, working across campus, brings a hands-on approach to design, monitor and maintain quality enhancements to online learning as well as organizing and fostering a climate of faculty professional development. The next AVPTL understands the future of online learning and instructional design as well as supporting the needs of a diverse group of faculty and students.
This position reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and supervises 2 Instructional Technology and Design Specialists and additional Instructional Technologists.
This position provides strategic vision, direction, development, alignment, implementation, promotion, evaluation and oversight of the Office of Teaching and Learning for the institution. This encompasses two components:
- Online Programs: creates the vision, strategic planning, and monitoring of all online education for the college; The OPE implements, supports and expands the online education programming.
- Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). The TLC provides instructional support for faculty; it organizes faculty development events that explore a variety of learning theories and pedagogical methods and administers faculty development related programs and opportunities.
- Online Programs
- Provide vision, leadership, and operational management for the marketing, support and ongoing development of technology-enabled online initiatives and academic programs
- Coordinate training sessions and develop resources to engage faculty on the use of e-learning technology and best practices in online learning
- Ensure effective support for online instruction
- Provide leadership and oversight for instructional design and quality user friendly online courses
- Partner with the academic college deans to ensure viable and relevant academic undergraduate and graduate programs for adult learners, and maintain collaborative relationship with external PDU provider
- Partner with Deans, CIO, VPAA, Department Chairs, Information Technology, Student Services, Athletics, and various committees to develop policy, procedure, and IT services to support teaching and learning programs, projects, and resources.
- Demonstrate the value of cultural competence through participation and development of diversity and inclusivity efforts
The Teaching and Learning Center
- Identify, design, coordinate, promote and deliver innovative and relevant faculty and staff professional development programs including but not limited to: workshops, or individualized instruction on course design, and active and collaborative learning strategies.
- Assist academic departments and faculty with course design and curriculum development to engage a variety of instructional delivery methods, and advance teaching and learning skills via integrated and evidence-based approach such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
- Promote faculty scholarship of teaching, learning, and engagement; Foster faculty participation in national teaching and learning conferences.
- Lead teaching and learning initiatives, including promotion of strong pedagogical approaches, high-impact practices, interdisciplinary team-taught courses, OER, appropriate and effective use of technology.
- Promote the Center as a place for networking, mentoring, and sharing of best practices among faculty.
- Nurture a community of learners, including New Faculty Orientation and mentoring for full-time and part-time instructors.
- Foster an engagement in research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
- Enhance a learner-centered environment engaged in critical self-reflection and continuous improvement.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Instructional Technology and Design Specialists
- Instructional Technologists
- Master’s Degree
- Higher education teaching experience
- Five or more years of leadership experience, such as dean-, associate dean-, or director-level appointments in one or more of the following areas related to online instruction: instructional design, instructional technology, faculty development, and teaching and learning programs.
- A general knowledge of learning theory, pedagogical methods, learner-centered environments, interdisciplinary team-taught courses, high impact practices, open educational resources (OER), course assessment, e-learning/e-pedagogy, new media production, learning management systems (e.g. Sakai, Canvas, Moodle, etc.), learning commons, academic technology resources and library services.
- Key attributes include effective and collegial leadership, strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to develop self-directed team-based leadership in others.
- In-depth knowledge in at least one of the two areas of supervision (Teaching and Learning Technology or Teaching and Learning Center).
Founded in 1911, Chadron State College is an open-admission public institution committed to teaching and learning. Chadron State College is the only four-year college serving the western half of Nebraska. The region served is the nexus of western Nebraska, High Plains, and the Frontier and Remote (FAR) communities. Chadron and other towns in the college’s service region are classified as FAR level three communities because of the distance from an area of more than 10,000 people. Only about 1.4% of the U.S. population resides in FAR level three communities. The position helps to support 95 full time faculty in addition to adjunct faculty.
Chadron State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Living in the Area:
Located in scenic northwest Nebraska, Chadron offers the vibrancy of a small college town combined with an outdoor lover’s dream with prairies, national forests and hills. The area is rich with hiking and mountain bike trails as well as beautiful parks. Chadron's cost of living is 17.9% lower than the national average.
The area offers easy access to the beauty of the high plains region, Pine Ridge National Forest and Chadron State Park, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore as well as home to the United States Forest Service managing the national forest and grasslands.
To Apply: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. You may apply directly at https://nscs.peopleadmin.com/postings/8349
Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search at: [email protected]