Friday, November 18, 2016

Assistant Director for Faculty Development, University of South Alabama

Assistant Director for Faculty Development
Mission: The University of South Alabama (USA) is a regional, public, research university that serves Mobile and the Gulf coast area with programs in areas such as arts and sciences, education, health care, business and engineering. As the teaching and learning center for USA, the Innovation in Learning Center (ILC) promotes a culture of collaborative support for effective teaching and enhanced student learning in traditional, web-enhanced, blended and fully online instructional environments. More information is available at

The Position: The ILC is seeking an experienced, inspiring colleague to join our team. We support faculty development, course development, distance learning and instructional technologies across the University. Current ILC programs focus on supporting faculty in both teaching and scholarship roles. The ILC manages USAonline, the University’s learning management system. The Active Learning Initiative at South Alabama (ALISA) is engaged in a multi-year partnership with faculty and departments to redesign challenging courses. The ILC is currently laying the foundation for Faculty Learning Communities with the launch of the SoTL Studio, a grant program to support the scholarship of teaching and learning. Quality Matters review is another means through which faculty and departments can meet high standards for online and blended teaching and learning. The Assistant Director for Faculty Development will be a valuable member of our professional staff and will bring strengths that complement multiple ILC areas listed above. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director, Innovation in Learning Center and USAonline.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Works with the Executive Director to plan and coordinate schedule of ILC faculty development events

· Plans, designs and leads workshops and seminars that promote ILC’s mission

· Proactively works with academic deans, department heads and directors of instructional support units to identify, development and implement faculty development activities

· Provides individual faculty teaching consultations and supports specialized teaching support programs of the ILC

· Organizes Faculty Development Day, a one-day set of instructional workshops, typically held once each semester

· Works with the Executive Director to coordinate New Faculty Orientation

· Works with the Executive Director to plan and coordinate the South Alabama Conference on Teaching and Learning, including identifying and recruiting keynote speakers, sponsors and faculty presenters

· Stays current on the literature related to faculty professional development, instructional technology and the scholarship of teaching and learning

· Conducts scholarly activities related to the work of the ILC, through scholarly conference presentations and publications as appropriate

· Supports the Executive Director in grant proposal writing as appropriate to support specialized initiatives at the University

· Provides guidance, management and leadership for the Graduate Assistants of the ILC

· Contributes to annual assessment of ILC programs

· Demonstrates regular and prompt attendance during normal work hours and scheduled events

· Participates in appropriate University committees when appointed

· Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director

Minimum Requirements:

· Doctoral degree in a field directly related to the work of the ILC, such as Education, STEM, Humanities or Social Sciences

· Four years of directly related professional experience with at least two of those years supporting faculty development programs in higher education

Preferred Requirements:

· Experience as a full time faculty member in higher education

· Experience in higher education including classroom instruction

· Evidence of innovative teaching in higher education especially with current learning technologies

· Prior experience working in a university center for teaching and learning

· Evidence of obtaining funding for instructional innovation


To apply, submit a current CV, a detailed cover letter outlining the candidate’s experience and how they fit the duties and responsibilities of the position, and a list of three professional references. Applications should be submitted through the following website:

Review of applications will commence on November 28, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.