Instructional Designer - College of Social Work

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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The University of Tennessee College of Social Work has an opening for an Instructional Designer. This position is a pivotal role within the College and supports the instructional design needs by leading the development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses. This position is responsible for designing faculty professional development related to teaching and learning strategies and creating multimedia components. This position collaborates with other CSW subject matter experts in the development and delivery of courses and provides pedagogical and learning theory expertise for course development, implementation, and evaluation.

The following job functions include, but are not limited to:

Lead the Development and Delivery of Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

·       Apply tested instructional design theories, practices, and methods.

·       Provide in-house support for the University LMS, while coordinating with UTK Office of Informational Technology for more serious issues.

·       Quality Assessment and Improvement reviews.

·       Create engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention and transfer in collaboration with faculty and administrators with expertise in curricular content.

Create Multimedia Components

·       Build and design courses in the Canvas Course Management System and create and deliver media rich course materials (i.e. lecturers, podcasts, video and audio recordings).

·       Develop and lead implementation of instructional technology solutions for course design and instructional needs and innovation, including keeping abreast of current technology-related trends or emerging ideas.

·       Ensure learning experiences comply with Universal Design for Learning best practices and are accessibility complaint.

·       Research computer hardware and software for multimedia production and computer-based media equipment that supports faculty instructional needs.

Design and Deliver Professional Development related to Teaching and Learning

·       Coordinate with Office of Teaching and Learning, or other campus centers or groups, to explore training opportunities, partnerships, and emerging initiatives that will support the faculty in the analysis, design, development, implantation, and evaluation of effective and inclusive learning practices.

·       Design, implement, and manage curricular and instructional strategies to promote program improvement, assess course and field based learning for required competencies, and align courses with overall accreditation standards.

·       Analyze the feasibility of and develop new accountability systems and enhancements to existing systems for instructional design and assessment, ensuring that the system design fits the needs of the users.




Applicants must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited school. Doctoral degree preferred.


·       Five years of relevant experience.

·       Expertise using effective instructional design strategies that are informed by program assessment to guide program improvement.

·       Knowledge of evidence-based theories and practices of instructional design and technology.

·       Strong leadership, management, and problem-solving skills.

·       Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

·       Demonstrated experience identifying pedagogical needs and supporting faculty on a variety of curriculum and instructional technology projects.

·       Demonstrated experience in anti-racist, anti-oppressive, inclusive educational programming.

·       Demonstrated ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.

·       Adept at managing priorities and meeting deadlines.

·       Ability to communicate with faculty, staff, students, and outside vendors at a high level, including communication of complex technical concepts and information to a wide range of users to guide program improvement decisions.

·       Ability to generate and use statistics to summarize program assessment findings and inform strategies for program improvement.

·       Solid knowledge of course development software and at least one Learning Management System

·       Visual design skills (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator) and ability to storyboard

·       Knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3

·       Ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts/video scripts

·       Ability to critically reason and apply reasoning to pedagogical problems.

·       Ability to communicate technical/complex information both verbally and in writing.

·       Ability to establish and maintain cooperation, understanding, trust, and credibility with others.

·       Ability to take initiative and accomplish projects with little supervision

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday.  Occasional evenings, weekends, or holidays.  Some travel is required.

Application Process: The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Interested individuals should provide a 1) cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required minimum qualification, 2) a resume, and 3) complete contact information for 3 professional references.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Social Work Research & Pub Svc
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 7, 2023, 7:04:17 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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