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Director, Educational Development Unit, Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning

Job ID: 17399

Updated: February 7, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research intensive post-secondary learning institutions, with over 34,000 students in 14 faculties, over 2,300 academic staff, and over 3,300 non-academic staff across five campuses.

Through their Eyes High vision, the University of Calgary has been fundamentally transformed. They have raised their global profile, enhanced the quality of undergraduate and graduate education, promoted innovation and excellence in scholarly activity, and provided significant returns to the community and economy both locally and beyond. The Eyes High 2017-2022 vision was recently updated. Launched in the 50th Anniversary year of the University, it will continue to provide the platform from which the University can leverage its momentum and aspirations. The University continues to serve as a beacon for change, for elevating excellence, and for building a strong community around a shared future vision to be recognized as a top five research university in Canada, with a strong focus on student experience, campus culture and entrepreneurial thinking.

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to enriching the quality and breadth of learning at the University of Calgary. The Institute supports the teaching development of instructors, promotes high-impact student experiences such as inquiry-based and experiential learning, ensures the meaningful integration of learning technologies, and fosters research to better understand and improve student learning. The Taylor Institute’s building at the centre of campus supports its work to facilitate conversations, build communities, link networks, and catalyze a culture of evidence-based teaching and learning across the University. It is a building for innovation, a community of colleagues and a collection of activities dedicated to better understanding and improving student learning. The Taylor Institute collaboratively gathers people from across campus to inspire and be inspired by new pedagogical thought, conversation and practice. Its mandate embodies the strategy’s three foundational commitments of sharpening focus on research and scholarship, enriching the quality and breadth of learning, and fully integrating the university with the community.

The Taylor Institute is committed to supporting the implementation of the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy, ii' taa' poh' to' p and to build relationships with people from Treaty 7 & and Metis Region III. The candidate will be committed to shifting the University and the Taylor Institute culture to increase Indigenous perspective and worldviews in teaching and learning practice. Experience supporting community dialogue and campus engagement, with universities, Indigenous communities and community stakeholders would be an asset.

The University of Calgary, and the Taylor Institute now seeks a recognized scholar and academic leader to become the Director of the Educational Development Unit, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Reporting to the Senior Director of the Taylor Institute (TI), the Director of the Educational Development Unit provides administrative, academic, and strategic leadership for faculty and staff in the educational development unit as they work to build teaching and learning capacity across the University. The Director contributes to the enhancement of educational and curriculum development programs and engages in scholarship related to educational development and teaching and learning in postsecondary education. A significant part of the work of the EDU will involve collaborating with units from across our academic community on projects that focus on the quality and breadth of learning at the University of Calgary. This is a tenure-track or tenured academic position where the incumbent will engage in scholarly activities and provide administrative leadership for the educational development unit. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019. The salary range for this position is $103,020 to $147,911 per annum.

Specifically, the Director of the Educational Development Unit will:

  • Lead the strategic vision for the educational development unit within the TI
  • Establish annual action plans and priorities for the EDU to help operationalize the TI strategic priorities and related plans
  • Provide overall management of staff in the EDU, including hiring, and conducting and ensuring performance management processes are complete for all AUPE and MAPS staff
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director on recruitment, workload assignments, annual performance and merit reviews, and hiring processes for academic staff in the EDU
  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of educational development programs and activities, such as teaching and learning certificates, annual conference, workshops, teaching awards program, curriculum review and development, and the Teaching Scholars program
  • Ensure that EDU staff have access to the necessary support to enable them to contribute fully and develop their skills and experience
  • Contribute expertise to governance processes and in the development of policies and procedures with respect to teaching and learning
  • Connect and actively contribute to the teaching and learning work within academic units
  • Oversee the evaluation of EDU programs and activities, ensuring quality and impact
  • Report annually on strategic progress and achievement of the goals and priorities communicated in the EDU action plan
  • Collaborate with TI Leadership and the Communications and Marketing Lead to complete an annual report
  • Oversee and allocate EDU budget priorities, monitoring expenditures, and ensuring compliance with University financial regulations
  • Support a culture of collaboration and respect both within and beyond the EDU
  • Actively contribute leadership and service to the TI, University and field of educational development (locally, provincially, nationally and/or internationally)
  • Engage in scholarship related to educational development and teaching and learning in postsecondary education
  • Collaborate with the TI leadership team to establish strategic priorities

The ideal candidate is a growth-oriented leader with the ability to collaborate and build relationships with all levels of the university community. The Director of the Educational Development Unit will have an earned doctorate and a national and/or international reputation as a distinguished leader and educational developer in postsecondary education. The incumbent will have a strong track record of teaching excellence at the university level, and demonstrated success managing staff in an academic environment. The successful candidate will have a mindset of curiosity and discovery with the confidence to take risks that can lead to innovation in teaching and research. The incumbent must also have a proven track record in building collaborations, mentorship, and student engagement; a demonstrated ability to work effectively with the external community including other universities, as well as the internal community including university administration, academic staff, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff supporting instruction, and international/national scholars.

Ranked the most livable city in North America, 3rd most ethnically diverse city in Canada, and possessing one of the youngest populations of major cities in Canada, Calgary is home to the University of Calgary, world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that support healthy lifestyles. Calgary is a city of leaders—in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. With the highest concentration of entrepreneurs and Canadian head offices in Canada, Calgary ranked 2nd in Canada’s Best Places to do Business. Situated in the sunny foothills of Canada's majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with unspoiled, resource-rich natural environment.

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package please visit: www.ucalgary.ca/hr/academic_benefits_pension .

To apply, please email your CV, cover letter, and educational development dossier for this position online via the ‘Apply Now’ link.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, contact Natasha Kenny, Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at nakenny@ucalgary.ca

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

 

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

 

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  

 

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