Monday, July 27, 2020

Faculty Development Specialist, University of Rhode Island

Would you like an opportunity to join a dynamic faculty development team? The University of Rhode Island's Office for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning is seeking a new faculty development specialist who will work directly with our faculty to advance excellence in teaching and learning.  More information about our current programs and services can be found here:

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D or Ed.D by the time of appointment, a minimum of two years experience in faculty development with a preferred focus on STEM fields, strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrated experience in working with diverse groups.  For a detailed description and requirements please see the job posting here: All application materials must be submitted through our website. 

Full consideration will be given to applications received by August 21, 2020
For additional information, please feel free to contact our ATL executive director, Dr. Diane Goldsmith

Job Title     Specialist II, Faculty Development
Position Number     108127
FTE     1.00
FLSA     Exempt
Position Type     Professional Staff
Union     PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc
Pay Grade Level     12
Pay Grade Range     $58,317 - $88,662
Status     Calendar Year, Full-time, Permanent
Department     Provost Initiatives
Contact Phone/Extension    
Contact Email    
Physical Demands    
Campus Location     Kingston
Grant Funded     No
Extension Contingency Notes    
Job Description Summary    

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by August 21, 2020. Second consideration may be given to applications received by September 18, 2020. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (September 18, 2020) may not be given full consideration.


Work directly with members of the university faculty to advance excellence in teaching and learning by offering a combination of workshops, seminars, and consultations. Use expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning to help faculty members identify a range of evidence-based practices that are appropriate for their specific teaching contexts. Help faculty members collect and analyze direct and indirect measures of student learning for the purpose of improving course design and instructional techniques. Collaborate with other staff in the Office of Advancement of Teaching and Learning (ATL) in strategic planning efforts and in the design of appropriate assessment methods for those efforts.
Duties and Responsibilities    


Consult with individuals, faculty groups, and academic units about teaching and learning concerns. This may include conducting classroom observations, collecting midterm feedback, facilitating focus groups, and surveying current or former students.

With the other Specialist, Faculty Development, plan, advertise, conduct, and evaluate workshops, seminars, and other events for faculty members and other relevant campus stakeholders.

Create, find, and disseminate resources related to university teaching and learning.

In collaboration with the other offices in ATL, oversee the design and maintenance of an instructional development website.

Work with various university committees on teaching-related issues.

Work closely with the Offices of Online Education and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation to assist in efforts to integrate technology and student learning outcomes assessment into teaching and learning.

Assist in and help others to write, grant proposals for external funding of special instructional improvement initiatives. Implement initiatives that support faculty participation in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Serve as project manager for special faculty development initiatives (e.g. active learning, gateway courses, multi-cultural initiatives, general education).


Perform other duties as required.


Personal computer and printers; word processing, database management, spreadsheet and presentation software, learning management systems and classroom technology.
Required Qualifications    


1. Ph.D., Ed.D or terminal degree at the time of appointment (Fall 2020).

2. Minimum of two years of experience related to faculty development.

3. Demonstrated experience in a minimum of two of the following areas: consulting with post-secondary faculty about teaching and learning issues, designing and conducting workshops on college teaching and learning, conducting teaching observations and providing constructive feedback, implementing inclusive education strategies, conducting scholarship of teaching and learning or discipline-based educational research, training others in a variety of instructional and assessment methodologies, assessing academic programs and redesigning curriculum, and/or systematic course design.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of practical teaching principles and relevant learning theories.

5. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

6. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

7. Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups/populations.
Preferred Qualifications    


1. Demonstrated college teaching experience in a STEM related discipline.

2. Demonstrated experience teaching large enrollment classes.

Environmental Conditions    

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Posting Date     07/27/2020
Closing Date    
Special Instructions to Applicants    

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter.

(#2) Resume.

(#3) “Other Document” – the names and contact information of three professional references.
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