Curriculum Specialist

Job description

Job location: 3440 Market Street

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-08
Req: JR00033842
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Curriculum Specialist

Job Profile Title

Coordinator C

Job Description Summary

This position includes coordination and support for the Modern Poetry (ModPo) MOOC community, oversight for the curricular development and facilitation of associated credit course, as well as possible additional course load for the Penn LPS Online Programs. Additionally, this role will serve as course assistant for Kelly Writers House affiliated seminars . The person in this role may have the opportunity to work with marketing and administrative leadership to help support the overall degree program and community of learners.

Job Description

Key responsibilities include coordination and support for the Modern Poetry (ModPo) MOOC community as well as oversight for the curricular development and facilitation of associated credit course. A key focal area for this position will on the use of pedagogical best practices in online learning and teaching. This position requires close collaboration not only with faculty and program staff in the content area, but also with the school design & production team. Additionally, this role will serve as course assistant for Kelly Writers House affiliated seminars and serve as a role model of excellence to other instructors in the program. The person in this role may have the opportunity to work with marketing and administrative leadership to help support the overall degree program and community of learners.


Support for ModPO MOOC and Community:

Coordinate all aspects of the ModPo MOOC: support lead faculty instructor; appoint & train Community TAs; appoint, orient, coordinate activities of ModPo doctoral students and TAs, including participation in weekly webcast; work with Kelly Writers House-based tech support staff to create new videos, audio recordings, live webcasts, interaction with platform hosts (e.g. Coursera); Coordinate with KWH administration; Support ModPo.

Course assistant duties for Kelly Writers House-affiliated seminars: Act as course assistant for English 88, the ModPo-affiliated undergraduate poetry course, in odd-numbered fall semesters, meeting with students and advising, evaluating essays, etc.; act as course assistant for Representations of the Holocaust in even-numbered fall semesters; Assist w KWH Fellows seminar during each spring semester.

Curriculum Design & Instruction: Design, develop & teach a credit online course based on the ModPo MOOC in collaboration with SAS Online Learning team. Focus on the rigorous student experience & best practices in online learning. Teach three sections of the ModPo or related course - foster a positive, inclusive, and engaging community. Monitor student progress & participation and provide feedback and grades using the university systems.

Quality Oversight & Community Engagement: Serve as a role-model of excellence in online teaching. Provide assistance or coaching to other instructors in the content area (Creative Practice). Monitor course feedback and suggest recommendations for improvement to content, assessment, or facilitation strategies. Support the new LPS degree program through development of strategies and recommendations for engaging students in the Penn community.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master's degree is strongly preferred.

  • Experience in higher education

  • Experience with best practices in instructional design and/or teaching in an online format Prior use of LMS platforms such as Canvas and Coursera

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Kelly Writers House, creative writing, and Modern Poetry Prior experience managing student coursework and feedback

  • Experience with tools and technologies for building community engagement in the online environment Awareness of the production cycle for developing online multimedia content

  • Strength in building and maintaining a strong community of learning

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time