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Instructional Designer

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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The Center for Transformative Teaching (CTT) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff. By creating an environment where employees’ differences are respected and valued, we can better serve the many departments and programs on campus we partner with. At the CTT, we believe that a welcoming and inclusive work environment promotes collaboration so that all individuals can attain their fullest potential. 

As an Instructional Designer, you will support the mission of the CTT by providing teaching, course design, and related technology consultations to faculty for in-person, blended, and online learning environments. Your position will require working collaboratively with the other instructional designers on the team to implement CTT priorities, programs, and initiatives. You will have opportunities to implement evidence-based teaching strategies for successful and inclusive student learning experiences. You will also collaborate with program, college, and other University units on projects that advance teaching innovation and excellence. 

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree plus one or more years’ experience in a combination of teaching, instructional design, educational technologies, course development, or related areas. Experience working with learning management systems, and course design and development. Excellent organizational, communication, and team collaboration skills. Knowledge of learning theories, instructional design, and inclusive pedagogy.

In-depth understanding of and the ability to articulate instructional design, pedagogical principles, and related technology solutions to teaching and learning in face-to-face environments and/or online. Knowledge of inclusive and equitable course design, teaching practices, and learning environments. Ability to work respectfully and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to build consensus. Ability to maintain professional-level communications with a wide range of faculty, administrators, and colleagues. Ability to coordinate projects, working collaboratively with others to resolve problems. Ability effectively to write in an expository style, develop and give presentations, and communicate teaching strategies during consultations. Ability to design and deliver face-to-face and online workshops on a wide variety of current and/or innovative pedagogic topics. Ability to identify the needs and requirements of schools, colleges, and departments for workshops and other professional development activities. Ability to objectively evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of instructional materials and to communicate this evaluation to others. Ability to complete multiple assignments in accordance with established priorities and time schedules. Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with faculty, supervisor, content experts, team members, and co-workers. Ability to work harmoniously and productively in a team environment. Ability to proactively develop and maintain faculty and client relationships. Ability to represent effectively the CTT in various professional contexts. Solid knowledge of learning theory, teaching methodology, and curriculum development. Advanced skills with University-supported teaching technologies, such as the LMS. Ability to design and coordinate complex projects, establish timelines, assign tasks, solve conflicts, coordinate small and large working teams, follow budget and resource guidelines.

Preferred qualifications: The ideal candidate may have a Master’s degree. Two or more years’ experience in a combination of teaching, instructional design, educational technologies, course development, or related areas. Experience within a post-secondary environment. Successful experience with project management, multimedia development, and development in Canvas LMS. Knowledge of one or more specialist pedagogies or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Proficient in using communication and presentation technologies such as Zoom, PowerPoint, lecture capturing software, etc. Knowledge of one or more specialist pedagogies or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Proficient in using communication and presentation technologies such as Zoom, PowerPoint, lecture capturing software, etc.

Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review begins August 23, 2021. View requisition at to apply. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an EO/AA employer and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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