Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Boston College seeks a founding executive director for its new Center for Teaching Excellence to begin September 2014. The Boston College Center for Teaching Excellence will support innovative best practices in teaching by faculty and graduate students. A University that demands, values, and rewards excellence in teaching, Boston College establishes the Center to sustain and further its culture of distinction in pedagogical methods, including the effective use of technology to enhance faculty-student interaction both in and beyond the class room. The Center will sponsor events, seminars, grants programs, and awards, new and ongoing, and will cooperate with Boston College schools and departments to support their efforts to enhance and review teaching. It will house the existing Instructional Design and eTeaching Services, including its Interactive Media Lab and learning management system, as well as the Writing Fellows Program and the Apprenticeship in College Teaching Certificate Program for graduate students. Center staff will continue to consult with individual instructors about improvements in their teaching, and will bring the latest research on innovative pedagogies to the campus community. The Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence will bring a fresh vision and knowledge of national and international scholarship on teaching. He or she will manage a full-time staff of approximately fifteen, as well as grad and undergrad assistants, and will report to the Vice Provost for Faculties. He or she will collaborate with faculty technology moderators, master teachers, and advisory committees such as the University Council on Teaching and the Academic Technology Advisory Board. If appropriate and desired, the position may include a faculty appointment. The position requires an earned doctorate; a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching at the college or university level; collaborative experience working with faculty and academic administrators; a clear and impelling view of the importance of high-quality teaching and its assessment, and the ability to communicate it to a diverse audience; broad familiarity and demonstrated experience in learning management systems and a variety of educational technologies; a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in administration, preferably in a teaching and learning center that incorporates educational technology. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names of three professional references at apply.interfolio.com/24435. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.
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