The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified candidate to fill Manager of Learning Design position in the University Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Manager will be a thought-leader charged with working with an outstanding faculty to develop innovative and engaging learning experiences. This position leads a critical service area in the Center, which includes consulting, training, and support for faculty in all aspects of their teaching.
The Manager serves as a senior member of a team of seasoned Teaching Consultants, who collaborate with faculty to plan, implement, and evaluate educational projects in traditional, hybrid and online learning environments.
In collaboration with the Teaching Consultants and Pitt faculty, the Manager will use and promote evidence-based pedagogical strategies and educational technologies to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate academically-rigorous curricula, course design, and traditional and alternative student assessments (e.g., exam questions, graded projects, rubrics for grading assignments).
The Manager is responsible for working with the team to develop and deliver robust and innovative faculty learning programs, including workshops, seminars, special events and popular faculty learning communities that span the academic year. This individual will work independently to manage projects with the team and to lead consultations. Some individual consulting is part of the role as well.
The Manager will also be involved with assessment of faculty teaching practices (both in the classroom and online) for the purpose of helping faculty to enhance and improve their teaching.
The position is responsible for day-to-day operations and supervision of a team of about six consultants. The incumbent will ensure adequate allocation of resources and training, conduct ongoing performance reviews, provide constructive feedback, and facilitate staff growth and overall team morale.
While the University Center for Teaching and Learning is a central organization serving the entire Pitt community, the Manager is required to closely collaborate with discipline-based teaching centers across campus to exchange ideas and share best practices, playing a leadership role in creating communities of practice across the institution. This position influences instructional practice and protocol across the institution.
The Manager serves as a member of the Center's Management Team, and advises on key issues related to teaching and pedagogy, as well as participates in strategic and operation planning, staff development and other activities.
- A master's degree is required, a doctoral degree is preferred, in instructional design, education or a related field. - Eight or more years of progressively responsible instructional design/development experience in a higher education institution in a high-impact, growth, and results-oriented position(s). Direct experience working with faculty is required. - A minimum of five years of direct supervisory experience is necessary, and must include a track record of mentoring staff from diverse backgrounds. - Teaching experience at the college/university level is required. - Deep expertise and experience in teaching and learning, including curriculum and instructional design, including the development of instructional materials, learning theory and instructional theory and the associated literature research, and trends, and faculty development initiatives. - Broad knowledge of current and emerging instructional and educational technologies and online learning is necessary for success. - Strong communication skills are expected, including the ability to write clearly and effectively, make compelling presentations and represent the University in public forums. This role requires outstanding interpersonal communication skills. - Demonstrable successful project management experience is required. - A commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Advanced knowledge of learning theory and instructional theory is required with practical application of this knowledge to teaching/learning in higher education. Knowledge and application of both current and innovative teaching methods/strategies and instructional technology for higher education (both for classroom and distance education) is essential. Must be familiar with the literature in educational research. Must be familiar with, and experienced in, implementing best practices from the literature in a practical (classroom) setting.