Located along Florida’s I-4 High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly opened its doors in August 2014 as the state’s 12th university and the only one dedicated to core subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM education). The non-traditional academic environment focuses on applied learning, specifically in technology and engineering. Small class sizes give faculty the opportunity to work closely with high-caliber students, and the most advanced technology, including a Supercomputer, 3D printing lab, media lab and nanotechnology lab, sets Florida Poly apart from other state universities. Florida Poly’s innovative approach to higher education allows students to learn strong fundamentals within a traditional university department structure, while giving them opportunities to apply their learning through research and projects in emerging high-tech concentrations like Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Machine Intelligence and more. The University partners closely with industry leading firms, and faculty members are rewarded for more than just publishing. Industry involvement, problem solving, and the commercialization of technology and research through start-ups and small businesses are encouraged.
Director for Teaching and Learning
Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, the newly developed position of Director for Teaching and Learning will work in close collaboration with faculty, staff, and a steering committee to provide training and resources on best practices in pedagogy, course design, development, and delivery methods. The position involves analyzing classroom practices, and assessing teaching and learning needs at the course, program, and institutional levels. The Director will need to play an active role in reaching out to the campus community, acting as a leader for pedagogical innovation at the institution and providing the support to enable such a change.
The Director will also be responsible for developing Florida Poly’s Center for Excellence in STEM Education devoted to advancing successful, evidence-based practices in teaching and learning, fostering the scholarship of teaching and learning, and creating a professional development program designed to promote pedagogical experimentation, creative delivery methods, and quality instruction.
The Director should promote a campus culture that values and recognizes the importance of teaching excellence and student learning.
Include but are not limited to the following:
Collaboration and Consultation
- Collaborate with program faculty, faculty assembly, and other academic leaders and committees on quality improvement processes that enhances the design and planning of curricula, course delivery, learning environments, and faculty development.
- Provide pedagogical and instructional design consultation and support services to assist faculty to deliver effective instruction.
- Meet individually with faculty and staff to analyze classroom practices; assess teaching and learning needs at the course, program, and institutional levels; and share evidence-based approaches to course design, instruction, educational technology, and Engineering Learning.
- Collaborate with Institutional Effectiveness to implement quality assessment of programs.
- Serve as coordinator for Academic Integrity inquires.
- Survey faculty for areas of interest and need in professional development, maintain data regarding faculty involvement, satisfaction, and use of services.
- Organize, plan, and lead faculty development opportunities including workshops, retreats, brown bag series, guest speakers, and best pedagogical practices for online and blended learning environments.
- Develop a faculty peer mentor program.
- Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge about current research on professional development for STEM faculty and programs that support faculty, learning sciences research, and the educational development literature, as well as what peer universities are offering.
- Facilitate and support campus collaborations in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Offer programming activities for the Faculty Orientation and Development Series.
Candidates should have
- Significant experience and success as an academic leader in the field of faculty development, student services (student academic success), and/or instructional technology.
- A successful college-level teaching record.
- Exceptional communication and administrative skills and the ability to work cooperatively and strategically across functions, levels, and disciplines.
- Ability to drive change and implement new programs and services utilizing best practices in teaching and learning.
- Master's degree in a STEM-based or related educational field (e.g., curriculum & instruction, faculty development, instructional design, etc.).
- Ph.D. in a closely related field such as engineering education, science education, curriculum & instruction, educational psychology, or instructional design.
- Academic administrative experience.
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An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire.
Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.
All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.
This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.