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Job Title: Learning Innovation Specialist
Job ID: 28048
Location: University of Missouri - St. Louis, Center for Teaching and Learning
Reports to: Director of Learning Innovation and Design, Center for Teaching and Learning
Statement of the Position
The Center for Teaching and Learning at UMSL seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic Learning Innovation Specialist to provide instructional development, course design, teaching effectiveness, and assessment consultation services to faculty teaching face-to-face courses. We seek a colleague who has a track record for excellence in teaching, an instinct for helping faculty colleagues improve classroom-based teaching strategies, and a passion for student engagement. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position within the Center for Teaching and Learning with the opportunity to teach one course each year.
Reporting to the Director of Learning Innovation and Design, the Learning Innovation Specialist will possess an in-depth understanding of learning theory and methodologies for face-to-face courses, instructional design and active learning strategies for traditional classroom-based courses, as well as experience using a wide range of hardware and software tools to engage students. The candidate will work independently and as part of a cohesive team to develop and deliver tailored instructional coaching, guide course design and delivery, assess instructional design and learning opportunities and needs, and provide faculty with opportunities for individual training and coaching. The candidate will contribute to faculty development initiatives and support teaching, learning, and assessment in areas related to learning strategies, pedagogical approaches, and student learning outcomes. The Learning Innovation Specialist will join a collaborative team to support the teaching and learning mission of the UMSL.Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provides consultation and development for faculty in the design of classroom-based course/program curricula and pedagogies according to established best practices, including learning outcomes, curriculum alignment, learning-centered teaching strategies and assessment.
- Evaluate the instructional effectiveness of programs and courses.
- Assist the Director of Learning Innovation and Design on curriculum alignment initiatives, collection and reporting of student success data, and development of program assessment plans.
- Plan, develop, and teach faculty and staff workshops and other activities that will promote teaching, learning, and assessment in areas related to learning-centered teaching strategies.
- Conduct tailored and individualized training and instructional coaching for faculty
- Research and evaluate new and emerging learning theories and approaches and policies for potential application to instructional opportunities.
- Create and maintain documentation for faculty and staff on pedagogy, course design, tools, and techniques for teaching and learning.
- Collaborate and consult with faculty on the effective use of Web-based resources, multimedia technologies, and instructional software and systems to improve face-to-face teaching.
- Assist with faculty and graduate student orientations.
- Master’s degree. Doctorate preferred.
- Knowledge and/or experience in instructional design, instructional technology, education, or related field (with emphasis on learning strategies) required.
- Three years of progressively responsible related experience required. Two years of experience consulting with faculty in higher education on course design or working in the field of instructional/educational technology in higher education. Additional education (advanced degree) or evidence of excellence in classroom teaching may substitute for experience.
- Must be self-motivated and organized, with demonstrated written, presentation, and interpersonal communications skills.
- Skilled in all aspect of faculty development: needs assessments, design, development, teaching, implementation, and evaluation/assessment, including developing rubrics.
- Provides consultation and development for faculty in the selection and effective use of pedagogical approaches.
- Proven ability to continually adapt to and learn new procedures and approaches.
- Ability to work collaboratively within an academic community.
- Experience with faculty development and teaching.
- Experience in curriculum change or course design project management.
- Ability to solve problems in enterprising and proactive ways.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
- Ability to have an appointment in an UMSL academic department.
The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented team player who is capable of participating in collaborative instructional development processes and activities, is able to work independently, and has strong intellectual and analytical skills.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. On campus interviews expected to be scheduled after December 1.
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- Cover letter that includes the following:Instructional coaching, classroom engagement consulting, course design experience, experience using and/or teaching instructional software and classroom technologies to promote in-class student engagement, and evidence of excellence teaching in the classroom.
- Statement of Philosophy of Faculty Development.
- Names and phone numbers for three professional references, preferably from higher educational institutions.
Applicants must combine all application materials (Cover letter, CV, Statement of Philosophy of Professional Development, and list of three references with contact information) into a single pdf or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters.
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The University of Missouri, St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including; health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, vacation & sick time accrual, four personal days per year, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, pension and employee & dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefit, please visit http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.
UMSL is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
About the University of Missouri – St. Louis
This position is housed within UMSL’s Center for Teaching and Learning, the central academic-focused administrative unit providing faculty support and professional development toward improving the teaching and learning mission of the university. This position will contribute greatly to helping faculty, staff, and administration reach the goals outlined in our new Strategic Plan built on our core values of trust, inclusion, innovation, access, success, and engagement. Learn more about our strategic plan here.
UMSL enrolls nearly 17,000 undergraduate, graduate and first professional students from 48 states and more than 100 countries. Despite its international flavor, the UMSL student body comes primarily from and reflects the diversity of the St. Louis region. Providing area residents access to higher education remains a priority and a central focus in plans to meet the future needs of students. Attracting and supporting a diverse faculty is just one strategy we have to address our strategic plan goal to expand, engage and reengage our diverse student population and our diverse faculty and staff.
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