Educational Development Consultant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
University of Calgary
TThe 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 full-time tenure track academic appointment as an educational development consultant in the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.
Reporting to the Senior Director of the Taylor Institute (TI), the educational development consultant will:
• Create, lead and evaluate educational development programs, including the academic, postdoctoral and graduate student certificates in university teaching and learning
• Administer and provide educational development leadership and expertise for institutional-level programs and initiatives (e.g. Teaching Academy, University of Calgary Teaching Awards, University of Calgary
Teaching Scholars, Curriculum review and Quality Assurance Processes, University of Calgary Post-Secondary Conference on Learning and Teaching)
• Develop evidence-based resources to support educational development programs and knowledge mobilization
• Consult with individual and small groups of academic staff to strengthen teaching and learning approaches
• Consult with individuals and small groups of academic staff regarding evaluating and providing evidence of teaching expertise
• Collaborate with academic units to advance teaching and learning cultures, communities and practices
• Provide leadership and guidance in the educational development activities of the TI and other academic units
• Provide educational development leadership and expertise on departmental, faculty and institution-level teaching and learning committees, action groups, and task forces
• 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 scholarship related to educational development and/or teaching and 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 and a minimum of 5 years of educational development experience in postsecondary education. The incumbent will have a strong track record of teaching excellence 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, as well as demonstrated interest and a record of engagement in 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. Demonstrated expertise related to one or more of the University of Calgary’s Strategic Priorities in: Experiential Learning (including work-integrated learning, community-engaged teaching and learning, and undergraduate research), Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity, Indigenous perspectives, Online and Blended Learning, and Mental Health and Well-being will be considered an asset.
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 is 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 welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified peoples, including Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.
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. The salary wage range is $80,000 and $105,000 Canadian dollars per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience.
To apply, please submit your 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 online via the `Apply Now’ link.
To explore this exciting opportunity further, contact Natasha Kenny, Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at tiSrDirector@ucalgary.ca.