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Educational Developer, Universal Design for Learning & Accessible Pedagogies

University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

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Educational Developer, Universal Design for Learning & Accessible Pedagogies

Date Posted: 09/25/2023
Req ID: 34111
Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga
Department: UTM:RG Academic Skills Centre
Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Position Number: 00048078


About us:
The university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga (UTM) has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study and is home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga. The Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy (ISUP) is the centre for research on teaching and learning at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Established in 2020, ISUP advances the study of university pedagogy. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students across UTM, we supportthe development of students’ academic skills through courses, consultations, workshops and programs. We also support faculty pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning through programming and one-on-one consultations. These offerings areinformed by our commitment to innovative, inclusive, and accessible pedagogy.

ISUP’s faculty and staff support the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC); the Teaching & Learning Collaboration; utmONE, utmONE Scholars, and Foundational Skills courses; and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Your opportunity:
Within ISUP, the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC) is a hub for academic skills development on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. The mandate of the RGASC is to support and promote teaching and learning in a range of contexts across the University of Toronto Mississauga. For students, the RGASC is a resource for developing academic skills through individual appointments and group-based initiatives that help students identify and develop the academic skills they need for success in their studies. For instructional staff and faculty, the Centre is a partner in teaching and learning activities. These activities include course and program design, implementation and assessment of a given intervention’s impact. Faculty and staff appointed to the RGASC have a range of specializations, including academic peer support, academic writing instruction, educational development, English language learning, numeracy, scientific literacy, and supplemental instruction. This diversity of experience and expertise enables the Centre to collaborate productively with partners from across the disciplines and campus, who bring with them a varied and diverse set of teaching and learning objectives.

Working with the Director RGASC, and reporting to the Senior Educational Developer for day-to-day operations, the Educational Developer, Universal Design forLearning (UDL) and Accessible Pedagogies, will work directly with faculty, librarians, and staff to support and promote the application of universal design for learning (UDL) principles in fostering inclusive pedagogical approaches, and guiding the pedagogical application of learner-centered accessible pedagogies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing components of instructional programs.
  • Fostering and maintaining networks to build capacity and collaboration.
  • Conducting detailed analysis and evaluation to inform program planning activities.
  • Evaluating learning outcomes for program development.
  • Researching curriculum and program trends and writing summary reports for instructors.
  • Advising instructors on strategies for developing and delivering curriculum.
  • Facilitating educational workshops and seminars.
  • Serving as a resource on specific issues to a group of specialists.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in education or disability studies or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of related experience.
  • Excellent understanding of universal design for learning (UDL) principles for fostering inclusive pedagogy.
  • Strong understanding of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Act and barriers to education faced by students with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systemic accessibility issues and of the legal and legislative framework related to EDI.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill, and experience with university-level instruction, program planning, facilitation, consultation, curriculum development, and faculty development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge or engagement in scholarship related to theories and practices used in educational development and/or UDL scholarship, or accessibility pedagogies and its application to the curriculum development processes, teaching and resource development.
  • The incumbent must have a passion for supporting instructors of diverse backgrounds across the humanities, social science and science disciplines; sensitivity to the professional development challengesand support needs of educators at all career stages; strong personal initiative; tact and good judgment; an ability to successfully meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent facilitation and presentation skills; strong consultative decision-making skills; strong organizational skills; proven project management skills; and an ability to working dependently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, common Learning Management Systems, and multi-media technologies.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Membership of and engagement with a relevant professional body such as Education Development Centre (EDC), the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) or SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) is an asset.
  • Experience teaching at the post-secondary level.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Communicator
  • Cooperative
  • Diplomatic
  • Organized
  • Self-directed
  • Team player

This role is currently eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, pursuant to University policies and guidelines, including but not limited to the University of Toronto’s Alternative Work Arrangements Guideline.

Closing Date: 10/10/2023, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 14 -- $88,290 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $112,911. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Veniesha Rochester

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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