Established in 1994, Mark Morris is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to be the leading resource in nutritional education for the veterinary profession with the goal of promoting optimal companion animal health. The organization was founded in honor of Dr. Mark Morris Sr., a pioneer in the field of clinical nutrition for companion animals.
Mark Morris Institute provides pet nutrition education for veterinarians and veterinary students around the world. These educational efforts are delivered predominantly by a group of Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistsTM. Course work is presented at veterinary schools as part of the curriculum.
Mark Morris Institute also publishes two veterinary clinical nutrition textbooks. These include Small Animal Clinical Nutrition and the Quick Consult to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition.
The organization is based in Topeka, KS.
Classification Independent contractor position (1/2 FTE). Some travel required but majority of activities would be accomplished while working remotely. Compensation ranging from $30,000 – $40,000.00, commensurate with experience.
Candidate does not need to be based in Kansas.
Job Description The Instructional Designer is responsible for ensuring the strategic direction of the Mark Morris Institute is executed efficiently and effectively. The Instructional Designer will support the design and development of engaging, interactive course materials for veterinary students. The Instructional Designer works under the guidance of the MMI Board and the Chief Academic Officer and closely with MMI faculty, the MMI Program Administrator, and the Veterinary Colleges to accomplish the goals and mission of MMI.
The Instructional Designer will be responsible for the following:
Collaborate with the Chief Academic Officer and MMI Faculty to design and develop engaging, interactive and instructionally sound materials for veterinary students. Provide competency and skill based content for veterinary students utilizing engaging, interactive including digital instruction (video, webinars, podcasts, synchronous and asynchronous online courses, etc.).
Enhance MMI teaching materials to include lectures, labs, case discussions, online presentations and assessments. Convert didactic teaching materials to engaging and interactive digital instructional platforms. Support design and development of course materials (e.g. Articulate). Coordinate conversion of didactic lectures to an asynchronous online format.
In collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer, analyze survey data from academic deans, course leaders and veterinary students; utilize findings to enhance the overall MMI educational program.
Develop outcome assessments to measure overall effectiveness of the educational programs; work with the Chief Academic Officer to provide educational content that combines efficacy with cost and time efficiency.
Maintain knowledge of and competency with common Learning Management Systems in use at veterinary schools (e.g. Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas).
Develop the yearly MMI budget in conjunction with the Chief Academic Officer and Program Administrator and keep the educational program within the budget.
Support the conversion of Small Animal Clinical Nutrition and the Quick Consult and future editions of textbooks to digital media as needed.
Develop contracts with appropriate educational technology vendors and build/maintain relationships with MMI’s major donor, the Veterinary Colleges and vendors (e.g. legal, accounting, web master).
Work collegially with the Chief Academic Officer, Program Administrator, MMI Faculty, and Board of Directors.
Under the direction of the MMI Board Chair and Chief Academic Officer, develop the agenda for MMI board and attend meetings.
Please note that this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities for this position.
To Apply Submit a curriculum vitae and letter of application electronically to the MMI Executive Director, Deborah J. Davenport DVM, MS, DACVIM at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on March 12th and continue until the position is filled.
Required Education and Experience
Master’s degree in Education, Instructional Design or similar program.
Minimum 2-3 years of experience in academic programs, preferably in higher education, in adult learning or in a medical or veterinary school or other health related academic program.
Preferred Education and Experience
EdD or PhD
Management experience – academic or business
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience