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Associate Director

Employer
New Mexico State University- Teaching Academy
Location
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Institution Type
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New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces seeks an associate director in its teaching center, the NMSU Teaching Academy. This is a full-time, 12-month position with a negotiable start date. Physical location is Las Cruces; this position may be eligible for an Alternative Work Arrangement (AWA) https://arp.nmsu.edu/6-87/, including remote work at home, with at least two weeks per year on campus.

 

We know instructors can change the world one student at a time. We believe faculty developers change the world one instructor--and many students--at a time. 

 

We are a spirited team with a sterling record, having received much recognition on and off campus. Our faculty, staff, and graduate students hold us in such high regard that they contribute generously to the Academy’s operating budget, allowing us to engage many outside speakers each year. (Staff salaries are paid for by the university with “hard money.”)

 

Our team includes the associate provost for faculty development who has also served as our director since 2003, as well as an event planner and an administrative assistant. We are a growing team because we have just inherited the job of professional development for online pedagogy. With the director and four new part-time Faculty Fellows, the Associate Director will develop a strategic plan based on two needs assessments performed this spring: one for grads and one for faculty.

 

Our Associate Director will then design and deliver innovative, inclusive, evidence-based, and technology-enhanced programming. This programming will include online short courses, workshops, and services to enrich teaching and learning, especially asynchronous, synchronous, and hyflex learning. 

 

The campus serves a culturally rich and diverse student body so we encourage individuals to apply from all backgrounds with a strong commitment to equity. We are excited to welcome a new member to our team! 

 

 

 

Job Description
 

 

Designs and delivers university-wide faculty development programming about teaching that aligns with the university strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025

 

●   Develops and leads single- and multi-session workshops and book groups as well as online short courses about teaching, especially online course design and delivery:

 

○   Co-facilitates teaching orientation for graduate and other new instructors

 

○   Possibly co-facilitates ACUE course, Effective Online Teaching Practices

 

●   Identifies and recruits internal and external presenters--works with them to develop workshops and workshop descriptions for workshops that feature:

 

○   learning objectives

 

○   active learning

 

○   inclusive teaching

 

○   evidence-based teaching
 

 

Elevates the status of teaching and learning on campus through consulting and administration

 

●   Consults individually with instructors on enhancing teaching in all modalities, especially online modalities; reviews materials such as lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, and exams as well as reviewing courses or modules upon request.

 

●   Curates and disseminates web resources for evidence-based teaching strategies 

 

●   Serves as the Academy representative on certain university-wide committees

 

●   Stays current on matters involving teaching and learning, our LMS (Canvas) and related technologies, electronic conferencing (Zoom), as well as hybrid and active learning classrooms.

 

 

 

Presents and publishes

 

●   Presents faculty development workshops at conferences 

 

●   Publishes assessments of faculty development programs at the Teaching Academy

 

●   Helps write grant proposals on faculty development issues only
 

 

Other Duties

 

●   Collaborates with the team in most matters, large and small

 

●   Helps the team develop and maintain current strategic plans, annual reports, and assessments. 

 

●     Supports the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and director of the Teaching Academy with other duties, including personnel and budget issues.
 

 

Job Qualifications

 

Education and Experience

 

●   Preferred: Ph.D. or other terminal degree

 

●   Preferred: College-level teaching experience 

 

●   Preferred: Experience working in a teaching center, including an outstanding record in:

 

○   Designing and delivering workshops and online courses about teaching, especially online teaching 

 

○   Helping faculty, postdocs, and graduate student instructors create educational opportunities that foster success among diverse populations

 

 

 

Skills

 

●      Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

 

●   Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

 

●   Ability to develop and lead single- and multi-session workshops and online courses

 

●   Advanced ability to use video conferencing and learning management systems

 

●   Commitment to professional development and continuous improvement

 

To apply, please submit

 

●   Unofficial transcripts

 

●   CV (with contact information for three references)

 

●   Letter of interest. In your two-page letter, in addition to an introductory and concluding paragraph, please devote a paragraph to each of the following in this order, explaining your accomplishments in or your vision for: 

 

○   Designing and delivering workshops or online courses about teaching, especially online teaching

 

○   Consulting with instructors one-on-one about teaching, especially online teaching

 

○   Your own teaching, especially your online teaching 

 

○   Helping instructors create educational opportunities that foster success among diverse populations

 

 

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

 

 

 

For a complete job description and to apply for position number 199501, visit: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/45998.

 

 

With questions, please contact Tara Gray, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Director, at [email protected] or at 575-646-2204.

 

 

 

About the Academy 

 

The Teaching Academy was founded in 2003; its predecessor, the Center for Educational Development, was founded in 1980. In 2003, the Center was renamed the Teaching Academy and our current director was hired.

 

 

 

The Teaching Academy supports NMSU’s strategic plan by helping NMSU educators develop extraordinary teaching lives embedded in exceptional careers. Our goals include supporting student success through teaching and learning in all modalities, enhancing careers and leadership, and fostering diversity and community. 

 

 

The Teaching Academy is member driven and donor supported. Each year more than 400 NMSU educators earn an annual membership by participating in 10 or more hours of participation in events. Members and donors are celebrated at the annual Teaching Academy Gala:  Champagne & Chocolate.

 

 

The NMSU Teaching Academy has received national and international recognition 13 times since we opened our doors in 2003. For more information, see our website.

 

 

 

About NMSU

 

We are a comprehensive research, land-grant, Hispanic-serving institution. On our Las Cruces campus (one campus of four), we have over 14,000 students and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1.  For more information see https://www.nmsu.edu/ataglance.html.

 

 

 

About Las Cruces 

 

Las Cruces, New Mexico is a vibrant city that sits at the feet of the majestic Organ Mountains. With a population of about 100,000, the city is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination.

 

 

 

Las Cruces has been ranked by Forbes as one of the best small metro areas for business and careers.  It has also received several awards including rankings from Money magazine as one of the “best college towns to retire” and from AARP as one of their “dream towns.”

 

 

 

In addition, our location brings residents into contact with historic attractions such as Old Mesilla, White Sands National Park, and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument; it also features excellent hiking and 72 holes of spectacular year-round golf. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of attractions, culture, historical sites and superb year-round weather with 350 days of sunshine per year. Las Cruces also dishes up world-class Mexican cuisine. 

 

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