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Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) - 27091 University Staff

University of Colorado | CU Denver
Division of Teaching Innovation & Program Strategy
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)
Position #00604525 – Requisition #27091

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

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The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Division of Teaching Innovation & Program Strategy has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning position.

The University of Colorado Denver is the state's premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state's largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

Position Emphasis:
A central goal of the University of Colorado Denver's strategic plan is to become the "university for life," providing access to educational excellence over a lifetime. Citing the fact that people are living longer and switching careers more often, the plan sets the objectives to provide lifelong learning opportunities for students of all ages. CU Denver currently provides credit, noncredit, certificate, continuing and professional education offerings, through its schools and colleges, for individuals looking to expand their skills or transition into a new area.

In alignment with the Strategic Plan objectives with respect to lifelong learning, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) will be a motivating leader who advances the use of evidence-based pedagogical practices and innovation that help students learn, persist, succeed, graduate, and ultimately thrive. The Director will provide visionary leadership and inspired direction by supporting all faculty in their roles as educators and will work diligently to move the institution forward toward achieving its strategic priorities related to student success, innovations in teaching, and creating inclusive cultures.

CETL supports these activities through structured programming that enhances instructional quality, teaching observations and consultations, grant opportunities, and other programming for teaching enhancement. The Director serves as a conduit for national research and state-of-the-art practices in teaching and learning and function as a catalyst on the CU Denver campus for new initiatives to advance excellence in teaching and learning.

The CETL is part of the Division of Teaching Innovation and Program Strategy (TIPS) and collaborates with directors of Program Development, Microcredentials, and Academic Technology and Training teams. The CETL Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy and Learning who oversees the TIPS Division.

Supervision Received: AVC, Digital Strategy and Learning

Supervision Exercised: Communications & Program Coordinator (1 FTE)

Job Responsibilities:

Faculty Development Programming (35%):
  • Organize services and resources related to teaching enhancement for all faculty so that these resources are available and accessible to downtown Denver campus constituents.
  • Design, facilitate, and evaluate pedagogically-oriented workshops that model effective and inclusive practices in teaching in higher education.
  • In collaboration with TIPS directors' team, create and implement a continuous professional development model for faculty as learners.
  • Provide one-on-one teaching consultations and observations (classroom and online) focusing on continual growth in individual teaching practice.
  • Provide mentorship and support aimed at continuous improvement for faculty as teachers
  • Coordinate and enhance existing programs currently in practice on campus, including efforts to support the creation and use of open educational resources, inclusive pedagogy trainings, workshops, and faculty Communities of Practice (CoP), among others.
  • Expand existing teaching enhancement opportunities with an eye toward engaging faculty from all schools and colleges and all ranks.

Faculty Outreach and Community Building (30%):
  • In collaboration with other units in the Digital Strategy and Learning Division, establish an advisory board to inform activities and programming.
  • Develop strong rapport and working relationships with a diverse range of educators, influencing a culture of care and shared investment in the teaching work of the institution.
  • Provide outreach to all campus faculty about opportunities and support available.
  • Collaborate with key internal partners, including the Learning Resource Center, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Internships, the Program Development team, the Academic Technology and Training team, Microcredentials team, Study Abroad, Learning Assistant Program, and First-Year Experiences to leverage the important interconnection between teaching and learning.
  • Engage the STEM Consortium, Learning Assistants Program, and other campus groups/individuals partnering on instructional quality and institutional improvement projects to provide a venue for communication, generation of grant funded projects, and production of scholarly work on higher education teaching/learning.
  • In collaboration with other institutional partners, contribute to the New Faculty Orientation.
  • In collaboration with TIPS Division directors, design and oversee maintenance of a TIPS Division website that contains accurate, updated, and timely information about CETL activities and resources.

Administration and Leadership (30%):
  • Provide excellent fiscal stewardship and manage the CETL budget.
  • Act as an advocate for teaching and learning, articulating its importance for the success of our campus.
  • Provide leadership that ensures issues of equity in teaching and learning are central to the vision, mission, and work of the CETL.
  • Engage with campus leaders in strategic planning for faculty development as it relates to academic improvement and student success.
  • Provide direct supervision and leadership to professional staff within the Center.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of CETL programs in consultation with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
  • Develop innovative projects that enhance teaching practices to positively impact student success.
  • Distribute Teaching Enhancement Grant Funds that promote the use of innovative, inclusive, and evidence-based practices in teaching and support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
  • Work individually and collaboratively with campus partners to procure internal and external funding for projects that seek to improve student outcomes by enhancing instructional or institutional practices.
  • In collaboration with TIPS Division directors, prepare an annual report of CETL programs, activities, effectiveness, challenges, and opportunities for growth.

University Responsibility (5%):
  • Represent CU Denver at local, regional and national meetings and events and make presentations to stakeholders.
  • Connect CU Denver with regional, national, and international organizations and initiatives on teaching and learning.
  • Participate in professional development to include programming related to future market and educational trends in higher education, leadership programs and other programs to expand knowledge base.
  • Serve fully on unit or university teams, committees, task forces, etc. as requested.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:
The hiring range for this position has been established at $90,000 to $123,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Minimum/Required Qualifications:
  • A master's degree in education, psychology, business, public administration, health care, educational technology, social science, liberal arts, performing and visual arts, communications, accounting, finance, library science, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Faculty member experience in a higher-education setting
  • A minimum of seven years of teaching experience in higher education
  • Extensive leadership experience collaborating on teaching and learning initiatives with faculty

Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • An earned terminal degree in any field or discipline
  • Broad-based experiences working with faculty to include five years of relatively recent, research, service activities, advising, or mentoring and coaching
  • Experience working with faculty from a range of disciplines through individual consultation focused on effective practices of teaching
  • Experience designing, facilitating, and evaluating workshops, trainings and other group events that focus on positive teaching practices in varied learning modalities and contexts
  • At least three years of relevant leadership experience including direct management of fiscal and human resources
  • Experience obtaining, facilitating, and implementing external funding, including writing grants

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate principles of diversity and inclusion into programs and practices
  • Knowledge of national and international emergent practices in higher education teaching and learning
  • Knowledge and skills in the area of program evaluation
  • Leadership experience and skills conceiving and carrying forward new initiatives to enhance teaching and improve learning
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated skills in mentoring faculty and staff colleagues
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Effective communicator in writing, public presentations, and individual or group consultations
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty from all disciplines, including-interdisciplinary partnerships
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to successfully prioritize among multiple tasks and manage multiple projects on distinct timelines

Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Jason Drysdale at [email protected] Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by September 6, 2022. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Denver Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30026 - VCASA/EVCASA Academic&Stdnt Af

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 16, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Jason Drysdale Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00604525

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