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  • Submit a cover letter and CV (bundled as a single .pdf) to: (Search under “Keywords” using posting number 170001).
  • For questions, contact Matt Kaplan,, 734-763-0159.

Job Summary

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching seeks to welcome a senior staff member to join CRLT’s Senior Leadership Team and to lead the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI). FCI facilitates the redesign of large courses that serve as introductions to a major or a discipline. The initiative aims to create a 21st-century model for education at scale that promotes equity and the success of the broad diversity of students who take these courses. This is an excellent opportunity to join the nation’s first teaching center and to lead a team of motivated professionals in a high-impact university-wide initiative funded by the President’s Office. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. and have extensive experience in educational development and course redesign efforts in a major research university setting, as well as supervisory experience. Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in faculty development are strongly encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate will have the following core responsibilities:

  • Serving on the CRLT Senior Leadership Team, which provides overall vision and strategic direction for CRLT
  • Providing strategic vision and direction for the initiative, which involves collaborations between instructional teams and the FCI team, a group of professionals with expertise in pedagogy, technology, assessment, and student support, to envision and implement redesigned large introductory courses that facilitate robust learning about the major or discipline and inspire students to succeed and persist
  • Supervising and mentoring a staff of 10 within FCI, including identifying professional development needs and strategizing about navigating relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Hiring additional team members  
  • Liaising with departments for recruiting new courses to FCI and reporting on continuing projects, including drafting Memoranda of Understanding between FCI and departments that define the scope of the course redesign efforts
  • Collaborating closely with the project’s faculty lead and with the FCI Faculty Advisory Board to provide strategic direction and overall vision for the initiative
  • Planning and strategizing with the FCI team about individual FCI course redesign projects from initiation to the design, implementation, and assessment of specific data-informed instructional innovations
  • Overseeing the planning and design of an annual course design institute to onboard courses into FCI
  • Collaborating on management of FCI budget with CRLT’s Business Manager
  • Leading efforts to institutionalize FCI, including overseeing overall program evaluation and communication of results

Other duties include the following:

  • Liaising with other CRLT areas
  • Liaising with other units at U-M that collaborate on the support of FCI course redesign efforts
  • Participating in national efforts to use data to inform student success in gateway courses
  • Making presentations to stakeholder groups at the departmental, school/college, and university-wide levels
  • Presenting on and representing the project at national meetings

Starting date: As soon as possible

Required Qualifications*

  • Extensive knowledge of key elements of the course redesign process, especially in large courses, including familiarity with evidence-based practices for course design, inclusive teaching, assessment and analytics, and the integration of instructional technology
  • At least 5 years of experience in educational development or related experience, working at a teaching center or in a similar position designing and implementing programs for the improvement of teaching and student learning
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a motivated group of professionals, including supervising, managing workloads, facilitating effective team functioning, and supporting professional development
  • A record of successful teaching at the college or university level
  • A record of success consulting around teaching, and/or managing the administration of large courses
  • Extensive familiarity with the educational development literature, including STEM reform, course design, equity and inclusion, and institutional change
  • A record of success managing complex, long-term projects
  • Demonstrated skill at navigating the complex dynamics that affect teaching and learning at a major research university
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to leverage qualitative and quantitative analysis in service of assessing programs and courses, including verbal and visual presentation of results to multiple audiences
  • Earned doctoral degree

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with institution-level course redesign or other major change initiatives
  • Familiarity with the University of Michigan context

Additional Information

CRLT, founded in 1962, was the first university teaching center.  CRLT provides a comprehensive array of curriculum and instructional development activities and is dedicated to the support and advancement of evidence based learning and teaching practices and the professional development of all members of the campus teaching community. CRLT partners with faculty members, graduate student instructors, academic administrators, and postdocs in all nineteen UM schools and colleges to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and creates learning environments in which diverse students and instructors can excel.  We are a highly collaborative and productive group, and we look forward to welcoming new staff to our team.  For information about CRLT, visit

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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