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Educational Development Consultant (Contingent Term), Online and Blended Learning, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Job ID: 21191

Updated: September 2, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Educational Development Consultant (Contingent Term), Online and Blended Learning
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
Location: 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

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 strengthening teaching and learning cultures, communities and practices. The Institute supports the teaching development of instructors, promotes high-impact student experiences such as experiential learning, ensures the meaningful integration of learning technologies, and fosters research to better understand and improve student learning. The Taylor Institute works to facilitate conversations, build communities, link networks, and catalyze a culture of evidence-based teaching and learning across the University. Its mandate embodies the University’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 University of Calgary, and the Taylor Institute now seeks applications for a 3-year, contingent-term academic appointment as an educational development consultant (online and blended learning), with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2021 or at a mutually agreeable time. The salary range for this position is $79,325 to $95,000 per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skill and experience.

Reporting to the Academic Lead (Learning Technologies and Design) the educational development consultant will: 

  • Create, lead and evaluate educational development programs, to help advance the university’s priorities in online and blended learning
  • Lead and evaluate a 3-year program to support the development of 40-60 high-quality online courses at the University of Calgary in collaboration with the Learning Technology and Design team and Educational Leader in Residence (Online and Blended Learning), using an interdisciplinary cohort-based model
  • Coordinate and lead a team of graduate student learning technology production coaches to support online learning across disciplines
  • Connect to existing teaching and learning networks to understand and respond to the needs of academic staff across disciplines as it relates to online and blended learning
  • Develop evidence-based resources to support educational and/or curriculum development programs and knowledge mobilization, to help advance online and blended learning, including a new TI website dedicated to providing professional learning and promoting research-informed practices in online and blended learning
  • Develop a workshop series dedicated to providing professional learning and promoting research-informed practices in online and blended learning
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff across the TI and University community to support online and blended learning, including working with the Educational Leader in Residence (Online Learning) to advise on policies and procedures, and to develop an institutional plan for online and blended learning
  • Collaborate with academic units to advance online and blended learning
  • Consult with individual and small groups of academic staff to strengthen approaches to online and blended learning
  • Consult with individuals and small groups of academic staff regarding evaluating and providing evidence of teaching expertise, especially within an online and blended learning context
  • Provide leadership and guidance in the educational development activities of the TI and other academic units
  • Provide educational and/or curriculum development leadership and expertise on departmental, faculty and institution-level teaching and learning committees, action groups, and task forces, to help advance online and blended learning
  • Support a culture of collaboration and respect both within and beyond the TI
  • Actively contribute leadership and service to the TI, University and field of educational development (locally, provincially, nationally and/or internationally)
  • Engage in and advance scholarship related to online and blended learning in postsecondary education.

The ideal candidate is a growth-oriented educator with the ability to collaborate and build relationships with all levels of the university community. Applicants must have an earned doctorate (or be nearing completion of their doctorate), a minimum of 3 years of experience in teaching and educational development in postsecondary education, as well as demonstrated expertise in online and blended learning. The incumbent will have a strong track record of teaching in online and blended contexts at the university level. The successful candidate must possess a strong educational development philosophy, and a clear understanding of how to apply these principles and ideas to help strengthen teaching and learning communities, cultures and practices in post-secondary education. Applicants must have knowledge and experience related to helping educators develop and provide evidence of teaching expertise; the ability to plan, implement and evaluate educational development initiatives; and the ability to engage colleagues in meaningful dialogue and decision-making processes about teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Also essential are strong communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated interest and a record of engagement in program evaluation, the scholarship of educational development and/or teaching and learning in post-secondary education. The incumbent must also have a proven track record in building collaborations and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with university administration, academic staff, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and/or staff supporting instruction.

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 perspectives 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.

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 for this Calgary-based, English speaking position, please visit:

To apply, please submit an application online via the `Apply Now' link. Please provide an updated CV, letter of interest, and an abbreviated educational development dossier outlining your educational development philosophy, approaches and evidence of practice (15 pages maximum) related to this position.

The deadline for applications is October 9, 2020.

Questions regarding this opportunity may be addressed to Dr. Patti Dyjur, Academic Lead, Learning Technologies and Design Team, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at [email protected]

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. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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

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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