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Director, 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (25032)

Employer
University of Central Oklahoma
Location
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034
Closing date
Jul 7, 2021
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Job DetailsLevel UndisclosedJob Location Main Campus - Edmond, OKRemote Type N/APosition Type StaffEducation Level Graduate DegreeSalary Range $61,646.00 - $61,646.00 Salary/yearTravel Percentage UndisclosedJob Shift UndisclosedJob Category UndisclosedDescription Position Overview:

The Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) seeks a Director for its 21st Century Pedagogy Institute, one of the units housed within CETTL. 21CPI works primarily to support faculty in their face-to-face teaching and in Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) research and publishing. We seek an innovative thinker/doer excited about supporting faculty in their role helping students learn. The Director is responsible for creating events each semester for faculty to demonstrate their teaching effectiveness. This position is directly supported by the CETTL administrative assistant, who also works with the other CETTL units.

With its focus on Transformative Learning (TL), UCO sees CETTL's role as critically important in helping faculty help students learn in ways that are mindfully designed to trigger student and faculty critical reflections and realizations about not only Discipline Knowledge (one of UCO's Central Six Tenets of TL), but also about Global and Cultural Competencies; Health and Wellness; Leadership; Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities; and Service Learning and Civic Engagement—the other five Tenets.

The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Importantly, the 21CPI Director's role includes envisioning new/different/better ways to accomplish the outcomes sought from the activities described below.

Director will work closely with the Executive Director, CETTL, UCO faculty and staff, and the 21CPI Advisory Board to serve all UCO faculty as they help UCO students learn and develop in transformative ways. The position supports the evidence-based process developed by faculty and the Advisory Board, Faculty Learning Outcomes, which address pedagogy, scholarship, and professional practice.

With Transformative Learning as UCO's approach to teaching and learning, the Director will collaborate often and substantively with the personnel and operations of UCO's Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) initiative, which is how UCO operationalizes TL.

Assist the CETTL Executive Director with CETTL initiatives (including ability to assume the lead role at times in planning and execution): new faculty orientation and training; the annual Collegium on College Teaching Practice; the annual Transformative Learning Conference (a national/international conference for practitioner-focused TL, resuming F2F in 2022); the Transformative Teacher-Scholar blog; faculty workshops & book groups; online faculty development curriculum for adjuncts; 21CPI blog and website; summer workshops with Fulbright Scholar international faculty; new faculty cross-college mentoring program; assessment of faculty development effectiveness; grant writing for CETTL and UCO projects; and other CETTL initiatives. The Director also plays a lead role in finding suitable speakers and workshop leaders for faculty-driven topics. The Director liaises with:

  • UCO’s Center for eLearning & Connected Environments (CeCE);
  • Technology Resource Center (TRC);
  • Division of Enrollment & Student Success (faculty often work with our Student Affairs colleagues for student learning and development: Service Learning & Civic Engagement, outside-of-class projects & activities, etc.)
  • Educators' Leadership Academy (a CETTL unit)
  • Journal of Transformative Learning
  • Office of Inclusive Community
  • The Continuous Cultural Competence initiative

The Director leads the 21CPI Advisory Board, comprised of UCO faculty and staff, and works with faculty as they propose topics for, and facilitate, learning communities, book groups, and so on, and as faculty engage with 21CPI and CETTL. The 21CPI Director must work in faculty-centric ways that connect to and honor faculty sensibilities, needs, challenges, aspirations, etc. Balanced with this is CETTL’s commitment to the learning-centered paradigm (Barr & Tagg, 1995) as an approach to teaching. The 21CPI Director must work to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity as part of how CETTL operates — this is a value in word and action and is how we interact among ourselves in CETTL. It is what we aspire to model for the institution, higher education, and society. CETTL aligns with UCO's institutional commitment to, and support of, this approach to working with others. Promote best practices in Transformative Teaching and Learning. Assist in writing CETTL materials for print and the CETTL website. Present workshops and other events and activities that help faculty help students learn. Liaise with the Inclusive Community Advocate concerning the university's Continuous Cultural Competence development required of all employees. Support faculty as they work to employ multiple instructional strategies which create Transformative Learning environments; for example; active learning, Inquiry-guided learning, service learning, flipped classroom processes, contemplative pedagogy, others. Support faculty as they engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) by assisting faculty who conduct SoTL research, write articles to share results, and present findings at SoTL and/or discipline based academic conferences. Consult individually and in groups with the faculty about creating and maximizing Transformative Learning activities and environments, instructional effectiveness, SoTL, and other faculty development topics. Conduct invited classroom observations and subsequent consultations with faculty about their teaching strategies and techniques. Network with other institutions offering faculty development and SoTL support. Performs other related duties assigned.

Qualifications Qualifications Required:

Terminal degree in education, psychology, or a related discipline plus college teaching experience AND demonstrable deep knowledge of research and practice on teaching, learning, assessment of learning outcomes, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in higher education. Terminal degrees in non-related disciplines are acceptable if the candidate possesses at least five years of college teaching experience and can demonstrate deep knowledge of the topics described above. Ability to construct and manage budgets and to work with the CETTL administrative assistant to organize and maintain the operations of the office. Familiarity with faculty development and SoTL resources and literature.
Three or more years of progressively more responsible work experience in higher education faculty development, instructional design, learning outcomes assessment, and/or related activities.

Qualifications Preferred:

Pedagogical technology experience: virtual learning tools, Learning Management System, etc. Familiarity with web communication technology: web site content production, navigating web sites, content upload, etc.

Will this employee supervise others?

Yes

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Organization

The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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MISSION

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.

VISION

UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.

CALL TO ACTION

The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by Portfolio.com. From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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