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Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning

Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania
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Job Number: REQ_0000016418


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The Pennsylvania State University is seeking an Assistant Director for the College of Information Sciences and Technology's teaching development and learning enhancement programs. Reporting directly to the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, the Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Director with teaching development programming, including consultation for teaching teams of instructors and classroom assistants, design and implementation of pedagogical strategy workshops, coordination of faculty reading groups, and development of engagement models for faculty to work with the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment unit.

The Assistant Director is also responsible for the overall management of the College's learning enhancement programs (most notably, a long-standing, peer-led Learning Assistant program and a well-established peer-led Tutoring program), including program planning and development, design and delivery of online and residential training, supervision of undergraduate student leaders, observations and mentoring, coordination of events, program evaluation, and collaboration with other units across the University.

For peer-led programs, the Assistant Director recruits, hires, coordinates, and supervises advanced peer leaders and provides job training and development for new student peer leaders. Develops appropriate assessment strategies and identifies best practices in training and development. In addition, works collaboratively with faculty members and other instructional and academic support staff to develop and administer new learning enhancement programs that promote academic success (e.g., Prior Learning Assessment, study strategy series, first-year seminars, etc.). Works closely with the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; faculty; and a supportive learning community of scholars across campus in meeting program goals and in serving both residential and online students and faculty.

Typical Education and Experience Requirements:

Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Preferred Education, Experience, or Certifications:

Experience in training student staff, experience in faculty development, experience working with STEM disciplines, experience in an academic or learning support position, experience in higher education, college teaching experience, and an advanced degree in education or STEM discipline are preferred.

Additional Required Competencies:

Requires strong writing and organizational skills, understanding of instructional and learning support issues, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and computer and data management skills. Requires ability to work in a team environment and coordinate across units. Requires advanced knowledge of teaching and learning, with significant experience in learning support and faculty development. This position is responsible for training others how to teach and coach learning effectively and therefore must be able to serve as a model instructor and develop effective curricula for training programs. Advanced knowledge of current pedagogies and best practices in teaching and learning is required.

Inclusive Environment:

The College of IST is strongly committed to a diverse community and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The College of IST is committed to making good faith efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals from underrepresented minority groups including women, persons of color, diverse gender identities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We invite applicants to address their engagement in or commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity issues as aligned with the mission of the College of IST in their cover letter and resume.

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