Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Merrimack College is now accepting applications for a full time, 12-month academic administrative position of Center Director to begin January 2014.
Center Overview: The Merrimack College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) engages faculty and others in developing creative, effective, and innovative pedagogies that enhance student learning and support academic success. Drawing on a scientific understanding of how students learn, the Center adopts and develops best practices in teaching. By valuing, rewarding, and sustaining faculty members, staff and other contributors to the Merrimack experience, the Center enhances a College-wide climate of excellence in teaching and learning. The Center promotes high-impact pedagogies as tools for innovation in teaching and learning, as well as conducts and disseminates applied research on effective learning and high-quality teaching. The Center will serve as a model and resource for similar institutions, particularly within the community of small Catholic colleges and universities.
Position Overview: The Director will develop, implement, and assess a cohesive and comprehensive program that includes, but is not limited to, the following: excellence in teaching regardless of modality; the scholarship of teaching and learning; learning outcomes assessment at the course and program level; the effective use of technology in the classroom; and the expansion of the number, quality, and diversity of faculty development opportunities.
The Director will support new faculty orientation and success initiatives to assist junior faculty, as well as tailor success initiatives to meet the needs of a diversity of faculty audiences, e.g., international faculty, adjunct and part-time faculty, and faculty across the career span. The Director will also be expected to publish in the areas of SoTL, Educational Development, and/or related areas.
The Director will ensure that the Center’s programs provide a resource for professional development for faculty and others, providing formative evaluation and feedback on teaching. The Director will draw on the wealth of expertise within the Merrimack community and utilize peer review as ways of building a collegial and collaborative community of teacher-scholars.
The Director will oversee the management, staffing, budgeting, and design and implementation of programs and consultations in the Center. The Director will collaborate where appropriate with other campus offices to communicate the mission of the Center to the internal and external community.
Required Qualifications In order to build CETL’s profile nationally and beyond, the candidate is expected to bring a fresh vision to the position, knowledge of teaching and learning research, and a strong evidence-based orientation.
The candidate must be able to handle responsibilities of a confidential nature, exercise a high level of discretion and independent judgment. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent listening, speaking, writing, and collaborative skills.
The candidate will have experience managing, staffing, budgeting, designing and implementing programs and supporting faculty, as well as experience designing and leading workshops and seminars. The candidate will also demonstrate creativity and strong interpersonal skills.
The candidate is expected to posses an earned doctorate, a distinguished record of scholarly publication and teaching at the college or university level, as well as experience in assessment of learning outcomes at the classroom and program level. Successful administrative and professional development experience with faculty, preferably in a teaching/learning center is strongly desired.
Application Instructions: To guarantee consideration, application materials must be received by December 15, 2013.
Candidates should submit the following documents:
• A letter of interest addressing the applicant’s qualifications for the position
• Current curriculum vitae
• A statement of teaching philosophy
• A statement of faculty development philosophy
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