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Associate Director, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, University of California-Merced

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The University of California at Merced (UC Merced) invites nominations and applications for the Associate Director of the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, an administrative position in the Office of Undergraduate Education.

The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. UC Merced was conceived to serve the needs of the rapidly-growing Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, and to increase access to the University of California system (UC System) for California’s top students. Now, with undergraduate and graduate enrollments close to 7300, UC Merced plans growth to support about 10,000 students in 2020-2021. A Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), UC Merced also serves a largely first-generation undergraduate student body. The campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management, and staff. The campus is located in Merced (population 80,000), a city within driving distance of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the Monterey coast.

The Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) advocates a union of scholarship and instruction, grounded in the academic principles of research and focused on supporting the success of a diverse student population in a research university context. To enable students to excel academically, we support a campus-wide culture that values, fosters, and rewards continuous improvement in teaching and learning.

The CETL establishes a firm foundation in support of teaching and learning through the following goals to:

Foster an enduring commitment to an evidence-based approach to improving student learning at course, program and institutional levels;

Facilitate teaching and learning-focused professional development that supports diverse pedagogical approaches and instructional experience;

Support all instructors in engaging UC Merced's diverse student population in a research university education;

Provide pedagogical support for online and hybrid classes, as well as teaching with new technologies;

Collaborate with units across the university to improve student learning.

The successful Associate Director candidate will join the intellectual and strategic leadership of CETL and will:

Shape the activities of the CETL to facilitate the work of the University’s faculty and instructional staff in providing all students with an excellent education

Contribute a broad understanding of emerging trends in higher education to campus conversations about teaching and learning

Promote and disseminate research and scholarship on student learning and university teaching, including best practices in curriculum assessment

Develop and sustain collaborative relationships within the University; working with faculty, staff, graduate students and administrators from varied disciplinary backgrounds and pedagogical traditions

Join and collaborate with a high-caliber professional staff of diverse backgrounds

Job Duties:

Work with the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning to set strategic direction, including planning, developing, and implementing short and long-range objectives; develop the strategic planning for the CETL, integrate best practices and resources available at and beyond UC Merced into the work of the CETL

Work with the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning to explore a portfolio approach to assessing faculty teaching effectiveness

Design and implement new programs in professional development in pedagogy and effective communication practices for faculty

Serve as the principal contact for faculty creating hybrid and/or online UC Merced courses. Support teaching and learning technology such as Canvas/Catcourses

Serve as a contact for individual faculty members seeking advice on matters related to teaching and conduct individual faculty coaching and faculty development meetings and/or workshops related to teaching, including effective delivery of class materials as well as conducting class observations, development and interpretation of mid-course feedback, etc.

Develop and deliver services and programs for faculty and TAs, including orientations for new faculty and workshops on course design and assessment, inclusive teaching strategies, and other related topics that meet faculty interests

Monitor emerging trends and pedagogical methods to identify and promote pedagogical methods appropriate to specific disciplinary settings and a diverse student body

Review assessment of student learning materials and course evaluations as they relate to faculty teaching effectiveness and development

Represent the CETL's work at briefings, campus visits, conferences, and other academic venues

Other tasks as assigned.

University employees' job responsibilities will continue to expand in scope and depth as the University grows in size and complexity in its programs.

Essential qualifications:

Ph.D./Ed.D. (or equivalent) and administrative experience in higher education

Evidence of effective classroom teaching experience in higher education

Outstanding, proven skills in oral and written communication

A commitment to diversity and to ensuring the success of groups historically underrepresented in higher education

Expertise in one of the following: instructional design, the science of learning, and/or faculty development

Desirable characteristics:
Experience in a teaching and learning center

Experience establishing collaborations across multiple units in a complex institution

Awareness of and commitment to inclusive teaching practices that support diverse students

Experience in either successful fundraising and grant support or a record of peer-reviewed
publications in the scholarship of teaching and learning

Experience managing complex budgets

Job location

Merced, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)