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This is an interdependent position with job posting #162362 for the LSA Opportunity Hub LEO Adjunct Lecturer position.  Candidates must apply separately for both positions and be qualified for both.  

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 working in the LSA Opportunity Hub, and outlining skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please also incorporate the following:

  • how you heard about this role
  • an awareness of the role as serving students’ liberal arts and sciences education
  • covers letters should be no more than 1 page

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

Job Summary

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for an Instructional Designer in in the LSA Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives and is housed under the area of the LSA Dean’s Office. The LSA Opportunity Hub is a transformational initiative to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts education with their goals and aspirations. 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 approach to work; enjoy working in a fast-paced, evolving area; are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace; and who will actively engage in a dynamic, high-performing, collegial team environment. Candidates must prize and work to further our desire for inclusivity. We seek candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for our diverse population of LSA students, and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.


The Instructional Designer, working with the Opportunity Hub’s Learning team, will shape the design, production, and implementation of learning experiences for LSA undergraduate students. The Instructional Designer is responsible for the development and implementation of of high-quality, innovative, pedagogically sound instructional materials to support student learning in various modalities as well as the deployment of educational technology to support these efforts. The Instructional Designer will help develop and implement assessment techniques to measure the Opportunity Hub’s impact on student learning, development, and outcomes. The Instructional Designer will also teach various Applied LIberal Arts (ALA) courses, helping students develop, articulate, and act upon their talents and goals. The individual in this position will be expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills; build and maintain positive, effective relationships with key stakeholders throughout the College; handle multiple projects and priorities; and be willing and able to adapt rapidly to change. This position reports to the Learning Director.

  • Teach Opportunity Hub Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) mini courses
  • Develop instructional materials and products to assist in the technology-based re-design of courses
  • Define instructional, learning, and performance objectives to be achieved through the use of educational technology
  • Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems
  • Provide support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, and educational policies to support student learning and development
  • Design instructional aids for stand-alone or instructor-led classroom or online use
  • Develop instructional materials, such as lesson plans, handouts, and course modules
  • Develop and implement assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional technology interventions
  • Assist the Learning Director in efforts to integrate educational technology into existing Opportunity Hub programs and spearhead efforts to expand the use of educational technology in the Opportunity Hub, and in connection with college efforts.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends and current research on educational technology, student learning and development, and online/digital pedagogy
  • Actively participate in professional development activities related to instructional design and pedagogy work, as well as those that relate to the Hub mission
  • Other projects and tasks as needed

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in instructional technology, educational technology, instructional design, higher education, or related field
  • At least 5 years of related experience, including experience with instructional or pedagogical design
  • Experience teaching at the college level
  • Excellent knowledge of student development, adult learning theories, and instructional design models
  • Fluent with Google Suite (Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Meet) Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Adobe (Photoshop), Meeting Software (Skype, Bluejeans)
  • Knowledge of assessing learning outcomes and project outcomes
  • Appreciation of and ability to articulate the value of the liberal arts and sciences
  • Strong communication skills
  • Successful experience working in a collaborative, team environment
  • High level of organizational ability, including the ability to organize and coordinate a diverse workload with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities
  • Demonstrated investment in issues of equity, access and inclusion

Desired Qualifications*

  • Doctoral degree or post-master’s coursework from an accredited college or university in instructional technology, educational technology, instructional design, higher education, or related field
  • At least 7 years experience in higher education, including experience with instructional or pedagogical design in higher education
  • Experience working as an Instructional Designer or in a related position
  • Proven ability to lead teams and supervise both full time and student staff
  • Experience with following tech: Basic Programming (HTML-CSS), Adobe (Indesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver) Canvas, Video Production (Adobe Premiere)
  • Experience working with online courses and online education
  • Teaching experience, particularly at a college or university
  • Experience with gameful pedagogy

Additional Information

Due to the rapid growth of the Hub, this individual will need to be adaptable to change as it is expected this role will evolve to best serve the needs of the organization. This role will require the ability to occasionally work extended hours including early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Occasional domestic and/or international travel may be required.  

Higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.