First Year Odyssey Faculty Development Specialist

Athens, Clarke County
Feb 24, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

The University of Georgia (UGA) seeks a knowledgeable faculty developer to design, develop, and lead instructional development efforts in support of the university’s First Year Odyssey (FYO) program and other instructional initiatives related to the success of first year students, such as Complete College Georgia.  This position will reside within the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and will collaborate closely with the committee guiding the FYO Initiative. The CTL is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction whose central mission is to provide campus-wide leadership, collaboration, and support on matters related to instruction. (


The FYO program is the cornerstone of the university’s SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and consists of a broad array of seminars designed for first year students.  These seminars are taught by faculty from across the university.  FYO seminars are designed to introduce students to the academic life of the university by enabling them to engage with faculty and other first-year students in small class environments.  Through this process, students learn about research, teaching, and service, as well as the topic of the seminar.  The FYO Faculty Development Specialist will offer programming, workshops, consulting, and other forms of faculty and instructional development in support of the FYO program.  The FYO Faculty Development Specialist will also engage in the development of faculty development programming for other mission critical instructional initiatives, including Complete College Georgia.

More information regarding FYO at UGA can be found at


Position Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Ensure broad faculty understanding of the goals of the FYO Program as well as the requirements associated with teaching in the FYO Program;
  • Promote the adoption of learner-centered teaching and learning practices;
  • Develop and lead faculty development workshops and events designed to foster exemplary pedagogical practices in seminar settings across all FYO seminars;
  • Provide one-on-one consulting to individual faculty members teaching FYO Seminars;
  • Foster faculty adoption of instructional strategies, assignments, and tools that enable the FYO Program to collect assessment data required by SACS;
  • Participate in faculty development efforts associated with related university initiatives, including Complete College Georgia;
  • Participate as an active member of the FYO Planning Committee;
  • Teach an FYO Seminar at least once a year; and
  • Function in a year-round (CY) academic program planning and management capacity.


Minimum Required Qualifications

The required qualifications for the successful candidate for the First Year Odyssey Faculty Development Specialist position are

  • a terminal degree;
  • two or more years experience teaching first year college students;
  • experience delivering faculty development programming;
  • experience designing and grading writing assignments;
  • knowledge of multiple and varied instructional strategies and their application in the higher education classroom; and
  • evidence of the ability to communicate effectively across a range of stakeholders, such as faculty members, staff, administrators, students and external agencies.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications for the ideal candidate for this position include the following:

  • practical, applied knowledge regarding student development theory and college transition issues;
  • knowledge of SACS accreditation processes, specifically Quality Enhancement Plans (QEP);
  • experience designing, developing, and leading university-wide professional development activities;
  • evidence of an active research agenda associated with teaching and learning; and
  • evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative atmosphere.


Application Process and Deadline

Those wishing to apply for this position should e-mail a cover letter, current C.V., and the names and contact information of three references to - all application materials must be received by March 31, 2014.  Ideally, the selected candidate for this position would start in July 2014 or earlier.



Those with questions regarding this position should contact

Dr. C. Edward Watson


Center for Teaching and Learning

University of Georgia

Athens, GA  30602



About UGA

UGA, a land-grant/sea-grant university, is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in Georgia. The University enrolls 35,000 students, and is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta.  The University of Georgia is ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges. Athens is located in an area of great natural beauty, and the campus and community offer many cultural and recreational opportunities. Additional information about the University of Georgia, the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, and the Center for Teaching and Learning is available at,, and

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Institution