Director of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
WISCIENCE, part of the UW-Madison Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching, works with campus and community colleagues to increase the effectiveness of science education and promote the success of all STEM students, at UW-Madison and beyond. Programs and initiatives focus on undergraduate education, pre-faculty professional development, faculty and instructional staff support, and outreach to the K-12 community and the general public. The Director of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning works collaboratively with WISCIENCE staff members and campus partners to support STEM student success and to develop the teaching skills of STEM graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty/staff. The Director will serve as the program and course director for Scientific Teaching for Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows Program, First-year Seminar, Exploring Biology, and Secrets of Science, as described in the prinicpal duties.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Position Vacancy Listing
PVL # 90431
Working Title: Director of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
Official Title: ASSOC FACULTY ASSOC(D92FN) or ASST FACULTY ASSOC(D92LN)
Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. in the biological/life sciences, education, or related field required.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
-Experience with active learning pedagogies and assessment of student learning in undergraduate STEM (science, technology,
engineering, mathematics) education
-At least one year of experience as instructor of record in undergraduate science courses or equivalent experience
-Experience designing or re-designing courses
-Knowledge of current learning technologies and learning management systems
-At least one year of teaching or workshop facilitation experience in a professional development program for teaching assistants,
graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, or faculty, or equivalent experience
-Demonstrated ability to lead and participate in team projects effectively
-Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
-Strong organizational and record-keeping skills
-Strong interpersonal skills that promote diversity and inclusion
-Experience working with diverse groups
-Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
-Knowledge and understanding of the culture of a research-intensive university
-Experience teaching in a SCALE-UP or Active Learning Classroom
-Experience in program evaluation
-Experience building and maintaining partnerships across organizational boundaries
-Experience working with underrepresented students in STEM (e.g. first-year, first-generation, low-income, minority)
-Familiarity with issues and evidence-based teaching/learning approaches that are effective with underrepresented groups
-Demonstrated ability to mentor effectively in teaching and learning
-Demonstrated ability to be innovative, flexible, collaborative, resourceful, and service-oriented
45% Professional Development in Teaching
The Faculty Associate for Professional Development in Teaching and Learning will direct the WISCIENCE teaching professional
development programs, including evaluation, budget, logistics, communications, and recruiting.
Scientific Teaching for Teaching Assistants (TAs) Course Director:
Scientific Teaching for TAs (INTEGSCI 605), part of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching (WPST) professional development
program, is a course for STEM graduate students who are new teaching assistants. The goal of this 1-credit course is to prepare TAs with
basic skills in scientific teaching through theory, practice, and learning community. Participants work together to learn the core themes of
scientific teaching (active learning, assessment, and diversity) and apply them, in real time, to the courses in which the TAs are
Teaching Fellows Program Director:
The Teaching Fellows Program is also part of WPST. The Teaching Fellows (graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) take two
courses, taught by the Director, and complete a mentored teaching practicum. The first course (College Science Teaching, INTEGSCI
650) focuses on the basics of teaching and learning. The second course (Instructional Materials Design, INTEGSCI 750) supports the
design and development of materials to be used in a teaching practicum experience (INTEGSCI 850). In addition to teaching courses and
mentoring Fellows in the practicum, the Director also maintains a program alumni network.
40% First-year Seminar (FYS) Course Director
The FYS Course Director is responsible for all aspects of the first-year seminar courses taught by the Teaching Fellows, including
mentoring the Fellows, coordinating with campus partners, [the Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) program, the Summer Collegiate
Experience (SCE) program, and the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE)], assessment of student learning, and oversight of all
course logistics. The Course Director attends the FYS Administrators meetings convened by Center for the First Year Experience and is
responsible for ongoing course evaluation and development.
Exploring Biology Course Director:
Exploring Biology (INTEGSCI 100) is a two-credit discipline-based first-year seminar that serves approximately 200 students every fall
and 30 students in the summer via the Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE) program. The course introduces students interested in the
biosciences to campus, co-curricular opportunities, degree and career options, and five biology core concepts as a framework for
learning. The structure of the course is consistent, but the specific biology topics taught are developed by the Teaching Fellows and
change from semester to semester. WISCIENCE undergraduate IMPaCT Peer Leaders are part of the instructional team for Exploring
Biology, and the Course Director coordinates and mentors these Peer Leaders.
Secrets of Science Course Director:
Secrets of Science (INTEGSCI 375) is a three-credit discipline-based first-year seminar that serves approximately 20-30 students every
fall. The course utilizes the CREATE (Create, Read, Elucidate the hypothesis, Analyze and Interpret the data, and Think of the next
Experiment, http://teachcreate.org) method to introduce students to reading scientific literature and analyzing experiments and data. The
structure of the course is consistent, but specific materials are developed and taught by the Teaching Fellows and change from year to
10% Grant Writing and New Initiatives
The Director of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning is responsible for securing extramural funding to support ongoing
evaluation and refinement of existing programs and to develop new initiatives in collaboration with other members of the WISCIENCE
staff, the Collaborative for Advancing Learning & Teaching staff, and partners beyond the Collaborative and campus.
5% Other duties as assigned
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required
Employee Class: Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: JULY 01, 2017
Number of Positions: 1
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION
Application must be received by: MAY 19, 2017
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit a cover letter, a CV or resume, and a combined teaching and mentoring philosophy.
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