The Associate Director for Digital Learning and Research provides direction and planning for research and academic technology services that support the teaching, learning, and scholarship of Hamilton’s faculty, students, and staff. The director leads a team of research librarians, educational technologists, instructional designers, and student tutors. This position especially supports faculty in introducing and infusing existing and innovative digital technologies in their teaching, learning, and research. The director works collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, students, academic support partners, institutional committees, and regional and national consortia to develop, enhance, and assess academic technologies and research services that support the academic program. The director stays abreast of current and emerging trends and implements best practices in areas of responsibility, assuring that Hamilton’s services are efficient and responsive to the evolving needs of faculty, students, and staff.
Manage all aspects of research, educational technology, and instructional design services, including allocation of resources, prioritization of projects, hiring, supervising, motivating, training, evaluating, and providing for the professional development of team members.
Provide operational leadership of LITS programs, services, and initiatives to support teaching, learning, research, and scholarship for faculty, students, and staff.
Oversee and support team members who provide:
Information and digital fluency, course development, instructional design services, technology integration services;
Digital media production support, Research and Design Studio offerings, LITS peer tutoring services;
Administration and support of the LMS, library databases, and other applications to deliver course support in a digital learning environment;
Scholarly communication, open access, and collection development initiatives.
Provide structured opportunity for the professional development of team members which supports best practices in research, teaching, and learning.
Lead the team in assessment efforts.
Actively participate in assigned campus-wide committees.
Lead a team composed of research librarians, educational technologists, instructional designers, and student tutors in providing a wide range of academic services that support the teaching, learning, and scholarship of Hamilton’s faculty, students, and staff.
Support faculty in infusing digital technologies and research skills in their teaching and learning.
In alignment with the College’s strategic plan, provide institutional vision and strategy for academic technologies and research services.
Serve with other Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) team leaders to implement strategic direction in support of Hamilton College’s academic mission.
Collaborations, Connections, and Outreach
Create strong cross-campus partnerships with the Academic Resource Centers to collaborate on programming that aligns with Hamilton’s learning goals and works to embed information and digital fluencies into the academic program.
Collaborate with team members, faculty, and other campus partners to introduce and support innovative technologies into teaching, learning, and research at Hamilton.
Promote the visibility of Research & Instructional Design services to the campus and in regional/national communities.
Keep abreast of current and emerging trends, issues and best practices in areas of responsibility and share broadly within LITS.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Advanced degree or certification in related field preferred.
Strong technology background and record of implementing technological innovation in support of teaching, learning, and research at an institution of higher education.
Demonstrated leadership experience.
Supervisory experience, including hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluating.
Five years of experience in an academic library, post-secondary instruction, or educational technology preferred.
Familiarity with higher education assessment techniques preferred.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.
Service orientation; demonstrated exemplary manner in dealing with the public.
Ability to work independently and set priorities for own work and that of others.
Cognitive flexibility, adaptability, and enthusiasm for ongoing professional growth.
Ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing; ability to collaborate.
Focus and attention to detail; excellent time management.
Demonstrated commitment in working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
About Hamilton College
Hamilton is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded liberal arts colleges.
Named for its first trustee, American statesman Alexander Hamilton, it is distinguished by a rigorous open curriculum, a need-blind admission policy that ensures access to talented students with limited financial means, a deeply committed faculty, and a focus on preparing students for lives of meaning and purpose.
Hamilton graduates can be found making important contributions in every professional field, and because of the College’s contribution to their success, alumni remain enthusiastically loyal.