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Instructional Designer

University of West Georgia
UWG Recruiting Location

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Job Title: Instructional Designer
Location: UWG Recruiting Location
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 233837
About Us

Welcome to one of the most dynamic universities in the nation.

Since 1906, UWG has been home to those who are eager to take their own path, learn, and grow. With more than 13,400 students and 85+ programs, we've come a long way since then. Today, we're a regional powerhouse with locations in Carrollton, Douglasville, and Newnan, Georgia, making a difference in the lives of our students, our neighbors, and the world. The one thing that's never changed: Amazing things happen when you Go West.

Becoming UWG
Becoming is about what we grow to be. UWG is positioning for Success in the 21st Century, introducing Strategic Priorities to help shape a comprehensive blueprint for our university. Relevance, Competitiveness and Placemaking serve as the pillars for the future of the institution. Learn more at

UWG Commitment Statement
Dedicating ourselves to the curation of a first-choice university.

Job Summary

The Instructional Designer reports directly to the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, working with the CTL team, university faculty, and other members of the UWG community to provide assistance with designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating courses primarily in UWG’s Learning Management System (LMS). The Instructional Designer is expected to stay well-versed in research into existing and emerging instructional design technologies and methodologies, especially those relating to online education, and thus makes well-informed recommendations for new solutions as appropriate to the CTL Director. The Instructional Designer consults with and assists faculty to develop instructional strategies, activities, and materials that optimize learning and assessment in their courses. The Instructional Designer provides training, instructional design, and LMS-related and other support for faculty and staff as assigned by the Director and collects and analyzes related outcomes-based data.

  • Consult and assist faculty with a wide variety of pedagogical and andragogical instructional strategies, activities, and materials in order to optimize learning quality and assessment by incorporating research-based practices
  • Provide in-person (one-on-one and group) and telecommunication-based training, instructional design, and other support for faculty and staff
  • Build or integrate web-based learning resources—specifically, CourseDen (UWG’s instance of the LMS, Brightspace by Desire2Learn), LMS-integrated tools, productivity software, conferencing tools, websites, blogs, and other web applications—into courses
  • Researches and recommends educational best practices, instructional resources, instructional technologies, and multimedia hardware/software to support teaching and learning, addressing copyright concerns and ADA-compliance issues
  • Monitors, documents, tracks, and reports on work performed in this position, along with the outcomes thereof
  • Monitors and shares developments in technologies, practices, and theory through research and professional activities, along with research into emerging instructional design technologies and methodologies, especially those relating to online education accessibility, quality, evaluation, and equity.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education or instructional design / technology / media or related subject
  • Two years of related experience in a faculty development unit, corporate training unit, or information systems/technologies unit
Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialist’s degree (or equivalent) or doctorate from an accredited higher education institution in instructional design, instructional technology, or instructional media or in a field related to educational development
  • Experience in training higher education faculty in the areas of academic web accessibility and technology enhanced instruction
  • Experience in testing technology enhanced learning environments, especially for accessibility issues/guidelines
  • Experience in collecting and analyzing data and generating reports to ensure institutional effectiveness
  • Quality Matters’ “Applying the QM Rubric” Certification (APPQMR)—or equivalent (e.g., OSCQR)
  • Experience in developing and/or teaching online courses in higher education
  • Experience with graphic design and video production
Proposed Salary

$47,868 - $58,632/annual

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Ability to attend to multiple tasks or projects concurrently, meeting assigned deadlines
  • Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, Adobe products, and similar


  • Knowledge and understanding of both current practices and emerging trends in the field of instructional technology, course design, and distance learning delivery, especially in higher education
  • Knowledge of foundational learning science, pedagogical, and instructional design research;


  • Broad base of knowledge and skills in operating a variety of software applications used in multimedia, courseware development, and distributed learning products
  • Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem-solving, independent judgment, organization, correct use of verbal and written communication, time management, project management, and presentation skills
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-up
  • Strong customer service skills and respectful etiquette
Conditions of Employment

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.

It is always the policy of the University of West Georgia Police Department to provide to the public an annual campus security report and comply with the federal law known as the Clery Act.

Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Just west of Atlanta, the University of West Georgia is a second home for more than 1,800 faculty and staff members dedicated to transforming lives and changing perspectives. With over 13,700 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 90 programs of study, we¿re a university of anything¿s possible. We embrace diversity. We value community. We drive growth. We engage as students, faculty and staff and work collectively to be the best comprehensive university in America, sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.

Join our pack and get a front seat to history in the making. Special things happen when you Go West. Come see for yourself.

For more information about UWG, visit

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The University of West Georgia is a leading residential, doctoral comprehensive university that offers a broad undergraduate and graduate curriculum based on a liberal arts foundation. UWG enrolls more than 10,600 students, including an active international student population from more than 80 countries.university_of_west_georgia1.jpg

The university takes its mission of "Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment" seriously and is nationally recognized for the access to research opportunities and technology it provides to undergraduates. It has been named a Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review for five years in a row and one of America's Best Value Colleges for 2007 and 2008.

university_of_west_georgia2.jpgUWG currently offers 109 programs of study, including 56 bachelor's and 40 master's and specialist degrees, two doctorates and 11 certificates, as well as Georgia's only Honors College. A third doctoral degree and a new master's degree have been approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision will begin in the summer of 2009, and a Masters in Arts in Criminology will begin in Fall 2008. Gifted high-school-age students can earn high school and college credit through the Advanced Academy of Georgia, one of only 15 U.S. residential college-early-entrance programs.university_of_west_georgia3.jpg

The Graduate School has one of the highest percentages of students enrolled in graduate classes in the University System. Undergraduates have nationally acclaimed access to research opportunities, and instruction is enhanced by faculty member research that is supported by more than $2.2 million in grants.

Only 50 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia, UWG offers a complete college experience featuring residence hall living, intercollegiate athletics and more than 100 student organizations on a beautiful, wooded 375-acre campus.



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