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Academic Technology and Instructional Design Specialist

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, West Virginia
Commensurate with Education and Experience
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Jul 27, 2021

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Academic Technology and Instructional Design Specialist

Summary: The Academic Technology and Instructional Design Specialist will be responsible for the management and analysis of academic data to support academic planning, academic program assessment, and both internal and external reporting.  This position will oversee the day-to-day operations and administration of the academic management system including managing and problem solving the curriculum mapping, the Office of Assessment and Educational Development website, academic technologies, and curriculum evaluation processes.  This position will serve in a customer service/technology resource role for faculty and staff, addressing all academic technology-related issues or problems and providing appropriate technical support including providing appropriate referrals, if needed.  This position will support various academic technologies used for educational purposes (i.e. academic management system, learning management system, competency tracking system, etc.).  This position will develop and distribute training materials in both electronic and face-to-face forms to assist and support faculty, staff, and students with the use of these various academic technology systems.  The position will serve as a key resource in providing recommendations for effective and expanded use of academic technology by faculty and staff in achieving the systematic academic goals of the institution.  In addition, this person will participate in data sharing and fostering professional associations with peers and other departments dealing with academic data.

Specific Job Functions

Academic Technology: Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development, this position is responsible for and manages the academic technology systems for the institution.  This position will serve as the primary technical resource for academic technology systems; collaborate with the Information Technology department on setup and maintenance of academic technology systems; be responsible for designing/maintaining system interfaces including the coordination and loading of data from and between other databases throughout the institution; troubleshoot and interface with vendors as assigned; coordinate and manage specific projects related to academic technology; conduct consultations with faculty and staff on appropriate and effective use of technology to support their desired instructional activities; identify new technology to support the medical education process. 

Instructional Design: Advise faculty and administrators in curriculum development consistent with the school's philosophy, instructional goals and school level objectives.  Support instructional design for faculty teaching on-campus and distance learning courses including development of instructional strategies, course materials, assessment techniques, appropriate integration of instructional technologies and best practices.  Coordinate and implement instructional design projects from inception to completion.  Ensures compliance with instructional design guidelines.  Research and make recommendations on educational best practices, instructional resources, instructional technologies and multimedia hardware/software to support teaching and learning.  Conduct evaluation of instructional development projects, documents findings, and writes reports.  Recommend changes to processes, policies and metrics to facilitate improvement of the academic environment.

Training: Train staff, faculty, and students on the use of the academic technologies utilized by the institution.  Train faculty on appropriate instructional design principles and educational best practices.  Develop, modify, and implement training through structured formal sessions delivered in a classroom, through video networks and production, in one-on-one consultation sessions, or online.  Remain flexible to the changing priorities of a fast-paced environment.  Ensure all training is performance based.  Track trends and constantly create new and innovative training sessions.  Provide marketing of training sessions to all users.

Other: Assist Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development with projects as necessary.  Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Educational Technology, or closely related field required.  Doctorate degree in education, curriculum and instruction, academic technology or other closely related field preferred.  Ideal candidate will possess a minimum of two years of recent and related experience.  Two to five years of recent and related experience preferred.   Higher education experience required and medical education experience preferred.  Prior experience in outcomes assessment in higher education, and familiarity with academic program review and accreditation desired.   A combination of education and recent and related experience may be considered. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

This position requires advanced knowledge in the following areas:

  • Office software, data analysis software, academic management platforms, survey administration software, and web-based enterprise systems
  • Database development and management and network systems
  • Ability to design and create reports to summarize aggregate data that are visually attractive and easy to understand
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Training or teaching experience
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekend assignments

The candidate in this position must:

  • Be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and possess excellent research and communication skills (both oral and written). 
  • Possess excellent presentation, interpersonal, customer service, organizational and time management skills. 
  • Be able to work both independently and collaboratively, take initiative on and manage concurrent projects, and meet deadlines. 
  • Maintain a broad organizational perspective and relationship with other departments to carry out effectively, the internal and external relationships of the Office. 
  • Have a willingness/ability to learn new software. 
  • Have the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive or personal information. 

Position: This is a full-time, non-classified position; it is exempt from FLSA regulations concerning overtime; salary is commensurate with education and experience, plus a full state benefits package.  This position may be eligible for moving expenses. 

Not all activities of this position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and may require evening and weekend scheduling, as needed.  The weekly schedule for this position will be established between the supervisor and the employee and approved given the needs of the department and the institution. 

This position has been designated as Essential. This means that when WVSOM is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work location or to report to work to protect, recover and continue operations at WVSOM.

The search committee will begin its review of applications upon receipt and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

WVSOM Community

WVSOM is a freestanding medical school nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. WVSOM is located in "America's Coolest Small Town" (Budget Magazine 2011) just minutes from the famed Greenbrier Resort, a Five Diamond hotel and spa and host of the PGA’s annual Greenbrier Classic. WVSOM brings over 40 years of history serving the health and wellness needs of the Greenbrier Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond. The school’s small-town, rural community cherishes its connection with the college and our students are actively engaged in service outreach and support for over 40 non-profit organizations in this area.  Additionally, WVSOM faculty and staff enjoy a vibrant cultural community, which features one of only four operating Carnegie Halls in the world, as well as the state professional theatre of West Virginia. Throughout the year, employees can enjoy live plays and musicals, a broad representation of visual artists, an annual chocolate festival, a flourishing literary series, and live music events within a historic preservation area featuring 19th century architecture, unique shops and dining, and limitless outdoor recreation. This one-of-a-kind environment brings together farmers and artists, lumbermen and world-renowned musicians, holistic physicians and thrill-seeking whitewater rafters in a diverse melting pot that is truly unique!

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.


The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine.

WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.

Because of our outstanding medical education programs. Because of our latest high-tech learning tools. Because WVSOM has a sense of community togetherness and family feeling.

Reason #1: The feel of a small school with a national reputation
Our legacy of excellence has earned WVSOM national recognition for many years as a leader in the nation for family medicine, primary care and rural medicine by the highly regarded U.S. News & World Report. With a passion for providing the best osteopathic medical education, WVSOM fosters the development of caring and compassionate physicians.  WVSOM has also been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education in “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Reason #2: Education is our top priority
At WVSOM, our faculty is dedicated to our principal mission: educating osteopathic students in all areas of medicine. Because we are a free standing program—not part of a larger university—our faculty of nationally and internationally recognized PhDs, DOs and MDs are free to focus on the education of our students. Their passion for teaching and commitment to lifelong learning are the hallmarks of a WVSOM medical education.

Reason #3: Preparing students for primary care and all other specialties
WVSOM is leading the charge to elevate community-based services to a more prominent position in our nation’s health care system. With the firm medical education that we provide, students are well prepared to succeed in any field of medicine they choose to pursue.

Reason #4: Curriculum to maximize learning style
WVSOM presents a 21st century, clinically integrated approach to medical education. In the first two years, students are exposed to a variety of learning modes, including small group case presentations, lectures and laboratory experiences, and interaction with standardized patients and robots. Students learn a variety of clinical skills, and have early clinical encounters with real patients. All of these curricular activities integrate the basic sciences and their application to the patient. During years three and four, through the Statewide Campus System, students spend time in physician offices and hospitals, honing their skills with actual patients.

Reason #5: Our professors
Students at WVSOM have unprecedented access to consult with professors on an individual basis beyond the classroom setting. Open office hours, combined with the fact that most faculty members live in close proximity to campus, ensure that instructors are not just available, but eager to address questions or concerns one-on-one. Teaching is our primary objective, and we understand that learning often happens outside of classroom time.

Reason #6: A holistic approach to healing and emphasis on preventive medicine
The osteopathic philosophy of medicine provides everything students need to become a fully competent, practicing physician with a more holistic approach to the patient. While osteopathic physicians practice traditional medicine and surgery, they also focus on preventive medicine and ways to attain and maintain wellness. An osteopathic medical education provides training in OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine), a practice where physicians use their hands as another tool to diagnose and treat injury and illness.

Reason #7: Leading edge technology
WVSOM is on the forefront of innovation, providing a cutting-edge medical education. For first and second year students, wireless Internet service envelops the entire campus, ensuring 24/7 access to research sources, classroom materials and a global communications network. Each first year student receives a new, fully programmed laptop computer to utilize during their four years of study. During third and fourth year off-site rotations, students can gain access to testing, grading and evaluation forms, required reading lists and other instructional materials via WVSOM’s secure student portal.

More traditional research needs can be fulfilled in WVSOM’s modern library facility. Consisting of over 33,000 items, the library features current books, literature, scientific journals and access to over 8,000 full-text e-journals. Of special note is the osteopathic history collection and a unique index of over 23,000 osteopathic articles. The library also provides comfortable space for individual and group study with computer workstations, AV study rooms and individual cubicles.

Reason #8: Human patient simulators (robots) put real-life scenarios in students' hands
Students at WVSOM utilize human patient simulators to confront and treat real-world patient situations in a safe, controlled clinical training environment. These full-size, interactive, computerized mannequins can provide real-life simulations of more than 80 medical conditions, allowing for many different kinds of training scenarios.

With their life-like exterior and hi-tech internal components, WVSOM’s  patient simulators provide an incredibly realistic training experience for students.

With the robots, failure does not mean a bad grade; failure means a patient dies. This visceral experience enhances the learning experience and makes a lasting impression.

Reason #9: World-class anatomy lab offers hands-on learning environment
The study of human anatomy is a core component of the nationally recognized osteopathic medical education program at WVSOM. Our advanced anatomy lab features state-of-the-art equipment and ventilation systems, along with a multipurpose anatomy demonstration room to enhance the learning experience. This tactile learning environment offers a level of hands-on exposure to the human anatomy in a sterile and controlled environment that no simulator or model can provide.

Reason #10: Standardized patients training
In the medical field, effectively communicating with the patient is critical to acquiring complete medical histories, performing thorough physical exams and accurately diagnosing and treating the whole patient. In a simulated and controlled environment, actors portray patients with a specific set of medical issues and symptoms. Students must complete a comprehensive physical examination on the patient. This experience provides an invaluable opportunity to practice interview skills and develop a compassionate bedside manner.

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