How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
This position is interdependent with posting (#137084), ALA Lecturer. Candidates must apply for both positions. The selected candidate must also possess the education and experience to serve as an instructor.
This Learning Director is interdependent with posting 137084. Applicants must apply to both postings to be considered for the Learning Director position.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for the Learning Director in LSA’s new Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives, in the Division of of LSA Undergraduate Education. The LSA Opportunity Hub is a transformational initiative to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts education with their goals and aspirations. LSA Hub staff collaborates with campus partners to facilitate access to experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, funding, employer partnerships, and alumni mentors so students can explore challenging, diverse opportunities, discover what matters most to them in their education and beyond, and put their liberal arts education to work.
We are seeking candidates who have an innovative and flexible approach to work, enjoy working in a quickly evolving area and are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace. We invite candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for the diverse population of LSA students and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.
The Learning Director is responsible for providing a framework for student-centered curricular and co-curricular learning for the LSA Opportunity Hub with the goal of helping students connect and articulate their liberal arts education with their aspirations and goals. This position will work with the LSA Hub staff to provide strategic direction, consultation and leadership on learning goals and pedagogical practices across the LSA Hub courses and workshops. This includes the Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) courses that are associated with the LSA Opportunity Hub, which currently include ALA 125 and ALA 225. The Learning Director will facilitate the connection between the LSA Hub mission and courses across the LSA curriculum In partnership with Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Newnan Advising Center.
Learning Director Portfolio of Work:
Design, development, administration of LSA Hub learning platforms: 35%
Develop strategy for an articulated curriculum that delivers defined pedagogical outcomes across LSA Hub learning platforms.
Revise current curriculum for the Applied Liberal Arts courses 125 and 225 designed to help students reflectively prepare for and obtain internship opportunities and make meaningful connections to other aspects of their learning.
Create and implement a process for learning platform evaluation.
Coordinate and articulate current and future curriculum with a team of instructors and with campus partners.
Manage instructor assignments and course enrollments to ensure the proper number of sections are staffed.
Oversee the strategy for involving guest lectures and speakers in the courses.
Oversee the addition of new courses to the LSA Hub.
Supervise the work of instructors.
Create a shared pedagogy and language for ALA instructor team, including training for LSA Hub and LSA interested staff on methods for creating teaching goals that are tied to intended class outcomes.
Foster relationships with LSA staff as potential course instructors and session facilitators (facilitators are those staff who will teach on particular topics for one or two class sessions).
Design and implement a method for instructor professional development.
Manage evaluation and review process for instructors to include developing written criteria and procedures, conducting classroom observations, reviewing annual reports to ensure high quality of teaching across LSA Hub courses.
LSA Hub Learning practice and dissemination: 25%
Design and refine LSA Hub-based applied liberal arts practices that help students reflect on their curricular and co-curricular learning in relationship to their goals and aspirations.
Identify digital tools that foster classroom learning and asynchronous learning.
In cooperation with advising colleagues in the Newnan Advising Center and departments, create methods for raising awareness around LSA Hub course offerings across the College.
Collaborate and develop relationships with various campus departments that enhance students’ connections to career curriculum opportunities.
Use current research to guide design of learning practices.
Work closely with the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education to align LSA Hub ALA courses with ALA courses across the College.
Lead the LSA Hub process for LSA students to gain greater awareness and appreciation of the broader set of available ALA courses offered outside of the LSA Hub and how these courses fit with the LSA Hub’s mission.
Professional Development: 5%
Master’s Degree (higher education and/or the liberal arts preferred).
Training in pedagogy of instruction, including experience with defining learning goals and assessing learning outcomes for academic and co-curricular programs that focus on engaged learning.
Successful demonstration of serving and engaging a diverse student population in a teaching environment, as well as a desire, ability and enthusiasm for creating inclusive learning environments that support the needs of diverse learners.
3-5 years of experience in designing and delivering learning tools and practices in a liberal arts context with an understanding of student development theory and practice in an undergraduate context.
Exemplary oral and written communication skills.
Understanding and demonstration of integrated learning.
Demonstrated use of reflective practice in a classroom setting.
Knowledge of and experience with implementing curricular innovations.
Fundamental understanding and valuing of the liberal arts education.
Highly developed interpersonal skills with evidence of success working in team environments, across domains of faculty and staff.
The ability to train others on teaching practices and processes.
Proven abilities to multitask in a fast-paced work environment, to work well independently and collaboratively, to work across organizational boundaries and to adhere to the College’s high standards of professionalism.
Ed.D or Ph.D. in an higher education or the liberal arts.
Demonstrated experience working with faculty and university leadership in an administrative and teaching context.
Experience in curricular consultation.
Experience in curriculum related to engaged learning and/or career development.
3-5 years of experience in designing and delivering undergraduate level courses in a liberal arts context with an understanding of student development theory and practice in an undergraduate context.
Salary Range: $70,000 - 80,000 with higher salary possible for candidates who have good evidence of successful past performance and/or likely future performance
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