Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho seeks a dynamic and collaborative Director to lead the newly formed Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Reporting to the Vice Provost for Faculty, the Director will foster a culture of instructional excellence, innovation, and scholarship; develop a multi-faceted program of support for faculty at all phases of their career; assist in the development, delivery, and continuous improvement of high quality learning experiences in all modalities; and build communities of practice that advance teaching and learning. Under the leadership of the Director, the Center will partner with other related University units to provide a collaborative and supportive environment; assist faculty with course development and delivery in both the classroom and online; and implement a collaborative classroom observation, feedback, and mentoring program to support faculty seeking in-class advice and input. Organizationally, the Director oversees five full-time employees: two instructional designers, two media and technology staff, and an administrative assistant.
Required qualifications include an earned terminal degree and eligibility for an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure; significant scholarly accomplishments as a faculty member; evidence of successful university teaching; highly developed teaching skills; and ability to work successfully with faculty, department administrators, deans, and staff. Preferred qualifications include evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills; current knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in teaching and learning; excellent organizational, analytical, and program development skills; ability to work effectively in settings of social and intellectual diversity; knowledge and skills to provide data-driven evidence of quality of teaching; and experience in scholarly and creative work in pedagogy.
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers more than 11,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as “higher research activity,” University researchers attract research grants and contract over $100 million in expenditures each year. Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, Vandal athletic teams are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s tennis.
Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. In 2016 Moscow was named one of the top 50 ‘Best College Towns in America’ by College Rank for its access to outdoor recreation, vibrant downtown, and cultural attractions. The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive.
The Invitation for Application, Confidential Conversation, or Nomination
The University of Idaho is pleased to partner with the search firm Strategic Search Advantage. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit - http://apptrkr.com/981818
To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of application to the website above. The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualities. Send your application materials to me at the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, April 7, 2017.
To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below.
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Thank you for your consideration,
Gary R. Rhoads, Search Consultant
Strategic Search Advantage
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.