Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Auto req ID 32926BR
School/Unit Harvard Kennedy School
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function General Administration
Department The Program to Strengthen Learning and Teaching Excellence ( SLATE)
Salary Grade 057
Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Asst. Academic Dean & Director of SLATE, and working under the guidance of the Director of Professional Pedagogy, the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy will advance our efforts to provide pedagogical support and coaching to help faculty deliver the highest quality professional education. Specific duties will include, but not be limited to:
Instructional Design: Conduct consultations with faculty and the case production team to sharpen the design of new cases and simulations to heighten learning impacts. Encourage and support faculty to develop teaching plans that promote active learning and build higher order thinking skills. Provide feedback to case writers on draft teaching plans for publication and global distribution.
Pedagogical Consultations: Working under the guidance of SLATE's Director of Professional Pedagogy, provide individualized consultations to faculty to review syllabi, learning objectives, exercises and assignments. Observe class sessions and provide feedback and recommendations for individual faculty based on these observations. Conduct mid-course and end-of-semester focus groups with students and provide actionable feedback to faculty to inform curricular changes and approaches to teaching.
Pedagogical Programming: Working under the guidance of SLATE's Director of Professional Pedagogy, implement several training programs for faculty, including a two-day New Faculty Institute which focuses primarily on orienting new faculty to teaching in the unique and diverse HKS professional school environment; a series of workshops focused on teaching with the case method; and a faculty lunch teaching seminar series.
Curriculum Mapping: Conduct consultations with faculty to identify learning goals for specific class sessions within the arc of a course and conduct/oversee research to identify and curate existing cases/simulations/curricular materials for review and possible adoption by the faculty member. Advise faculty on the effective integration of new curricular materials into their courses.
Course Assistant and Teaching Fellow Training: Design and deliver pedagogical training for 100+ new Course Assistants (CAs) and Teaching Fellows (TFs) at the start of each semester. Devise methods to increase participation in these sessions, strengthen learning opportunities, and ultimately foster improved efficacy of CAs/TFs..
Research Supporting Institutional Development: Conduct primary and secondary research on teaching and learning issues relevant to SLATE's work. Follow developments in pedagogy and related fields and share relevant ideas, programs, products and services. As needed, conduct best-practices research to help SLATE identify and evaluate other types of curriculum support services we might want to consider offering. Prepare reports and presentations relating to research initiatives.
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Position summary: The Program to Strengthen Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) Initiative aims to ensure that Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty match their intellectual distinction with a mastery of classroom skills and a toolkit of tested materials, so that all participants in the HKS enterprise can make the most of every precious opportunity to learn. Reporting to the Asst. Academic Dean & Director of SLATE, the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy will work closely with HKS faculty to support the selection, design, and effective delivery of interactive curricular materials (cases, simulations, etc.). S/he will also provide individual faculty consultations, implement pedagogical programming, train course assistants & teaching fellows, and conduct institutional research in support of teaching and learning.
General purpose: The Program to Strengthen Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) Initiative aims to ensure that Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty match their intellectual distinction with a mastery of classroom skills and a toolkit of tested materials, so that all participants in the HKS enterprise can make the most of every precious opportunity to learn. With a professional staff of eleven, SLATE is a dynamic, highly collaborative team dedicated to excellence and continuous improvement. No other professional school of public service has mounted a comparably ambitious effort to promote pedagogical excellence.
As a member of the Pedagogy Team within SLATE, the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy will work closely with HKS faculty to support the selection, design, and effective delivery of interactive curricular materials (cases, simulations, etc.). S/he will also provide individual faculty consultations, implement pedagogical programming, train course assistants and teaching fellows, and support institutional research in support of teaching and learning.
HKS is a professional graduate school of public policy and public service. Its 150+ faculty are drawn both from traditional academic disciplines and from distinguished careers in government and non-profit leadership. Its 900+ degree program students range from two or three years out of college to mid-career professionals working toward Master's degrees. Nearly half the students are international, with students originating from 80+ countries. HKS also trains more than 3,000 mid- to senior-level practitioners each year in 70+ Executive Education programs.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position with a 1-year term appointment, with a strong possibility of renewal subject to funding availability.
Domestic travel may be required on occasion
Pre-Employment Screening Education
- A master's degree or higher
- Some teaching experience, preferably in higher education
- Demonstrated experience in the design of instructional materials and related class plans
- Must be a highly effective and proactive communicator (verbally and in writing)
- Must be a collaborative team player
- Candidates will ideally have experience with case method teaching, problem-based learning, and/or discussion-based teaching
- Experience with the design/teaching of simulations and games is preferred
- An understanding of the particular challenges of professional school teaching is desired