Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP)

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Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP)

Date Posted: 04/27/2021
Req ID: 3936
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM:Inst. Study of Univ Pedagogy
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP) is the centre for research on teaching and learning at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). ISUP promotes the study of university pedagogy, especially the experiences of undergraduate students, through collaborative research, instruction, training, scholarship, and assessment. ISUP’s faculty and staff support the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC); the Teaching & Learning Collaboration; utmONE, utmONE Scholars, and Foundational Skills courses; and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

The Assistant Director manages the operation of ISUP, its budget, and its staff. The Assistant Director establishes priorities for the work flow of ISUP and participates in short and long-term strategic planning and oversees special projects.

The Assistant Director builds effective relationships among staff within ISUP, with academic departments, individual faculty members and other stakeholder units and groups within the university community. The Assistant Director collaborates with other university units offering similar or complementary supports or services. As directed, the Assistant Director represents the Director and ISUP both on and off campus at events, conferences, meetings, and on committees. As well, the incumbent assists in establishing communication with units studying university pedagogy at other peer institutions.

The Assistant Director engages in confidential work involving individual faculty and academic administrators regarding advancement consultations, assessment of performance, and the documentation of ISUP’s research and teaching successes. In collaboration with the Director, the Assistant Director provides leadership and coordination in the development and documentation of evidence-based pedagogical practice, including supporting ISUP’s SoTL activities.

The Assistant Director promotes the study of university pedagogy both within the university community and beyond. In addition, the incumbent values the scholarship of teaching and learning, regularly undertakes investigation of relevant issues and activities at peer institutions and oversees, maintains and interprets data on activities within ISUP. The incumbent regularly prepares reports on the activities of ISUP for both the Director and senior academic administrators. The Assistant Director serves as ISUP’s key data steward.

Minimum Qualifications

I. EDUCATION: Graduate degree required or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

II. EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years related administrative experience at a senior level in a University setting; Knowledge of the structure of the University, its policies and procedures; Demonstrated success with the implementation of new initiatives and processes; Requires a sophisticated understanding of the post-secondary environment; Experience with program development, professional learning, service delivery and evaluation of those activities in a higher education context. The incumbent must have demonstrated experience in and commitment to the support of university pedagogy in addition to the recognition of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Experience maintaining and interpreting data. Proven effective leadership and participation in committee work.

III. SKILLS: Accounting skills, with knowledge of FIS and HRIS; Ability to work with data and computing programs, specifically Word, Word Perfect, and Excel.

IV. OTHER: Demonstrated superior oral and written communication, interpersonal, decision-making, customer service orientation and organizational skills; Superior ability to work independently and to be a strategic and creative thinker; Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills, preferably in a union environment; Superior ability to exercise tact, superior judgment and diplomacy; Ability to manage a complex set of competing priorities; Ability to establish effective accounting procedures to ensure accuracy of financial data; Excellent research, writing, presentation and analytical skills; Superior attention to detail; Ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situations; Superior ability to foster a collaborative environment within ISUP as well as within the broader community; Superior ability to acquire and distill complex technical information quickly; Superior ability to work with senior administrative and academic administrators in a manner that facilitates cooperation.

Closing Date: 05/11/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 5 -- Hiring Zone: $103,334 - $120,556 -- Broadband Salary Range: $103,334 - $172,224
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

Notes: Hours of work are generally 8:45am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday with occasional overtime; Local travel is required and national travel may be required.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 5/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time