| Cornell University seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Executive Director for its new Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI). The Executive Director will join Dr. Thom-Levy and a seasoned group of instructional professionals, committed staff and faculty in creating and supporting initiatives to enhance learning experiences for all Cornell students by supporting faculty excellence and innovation in teaching.|
The new Executive Director will be an innovator, collaborator, and strategist with a deep understanding of both the opportunities and challenges that are emerging in the rapidly evolving teaching and learning landscape. The successful candidate will possess a proven track record as an administrator, substantive experience as a teacher of a discipline within higher education, a strong appreciation of the faculty role in a research university, and the ability to gain the confidence of faculty in order to catalyze support and enthusiasm for advancing the educational mission of the university. She or he will have a proven track record of successfully managing change and collaborating with a broad set of organizational leaders and constituents across academic and administrative units.
Extend the reach of the Center for Teaching Innovation, build partnerships with faculty and support a culture of cohesion, collaboration and continuous improvement
The Executive Director will be a seasoned leader with the skill to elevate the visibility of CTI, serve as a partner for campus-wide priorities, and create an effective dialogue among many university constituents. The Executive Director will create an environment of collaboration that leads to better understanding of the value of learning and teaching initiatives across the university. This dialogue will inform the Executive Director's strategic vision, goals, and initiatives in support of the highest possible aspirations for a center that is striving to become a national and international leader in learning and teaching in higher education.
Working in tandem with the Provost's Fellow for Pedagogical Innovation, the Executive Director will serve as an ambassador to the deans and faculty, who are willing and eager to forge partnerships in this space. In doing so, the Executive Director will build a collegial environment that inspires new faculty participation in the work of the center and continues to engage those with a prior history of involvement. The Executive Director will also collaborate proactively with key administrative leaders to promote and support a culture of exceptional learning and teaching across campus and units.
Provide leadership and support for the mission of the institution
The Executive Director will lead important conversations about what CTI's objectives mean in meeting Cornell's mission, driving a vision that can be fostered at a major research university. She or he will create a vision for faculty development at all teaching levels (graduate, postdoctoral, and undergraduate) and foster the development of programming that supports faculty and staff to become more informed, confident, creative, and reflective teachers.
Enhance Cornell's approach to learning and teaching technology
It will be essential that the Executive Director possesses a vision for what technology can do to support learning and teaching, fostering an environment in which many think about big ideas, new technology, and emerging trends and how to use these to produce an environment of pedagogical innovation. She or he will serve as an active participant in institution-wide digital/online learning initiatives and committees, and form a collaborative relationship with key units to integrate projects and support the use of technology that will enhance the classroom learning experience. The Executive Director will collaborate on pedagogical innovations that will leverage state-of-the-art instructional technologies. The Executive Director will lead a center that helps prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to teach in the 21st century, partner with faculty to integrate proven and emerging technologies into pedagogy and course design, and increase students' participation, comfort, and competence in technology-enhanced education.
Establish a new environment for teaching and learning
A major building renovation will soon be underway, heralding a new beginning for the Center for Teaching Innovation in connecting with various teams focused on teaching innovation, instructional design and learning support. Renovations in the Computing and Communications Center will house state of the art facilities to set the stage for an exciting new era of education, scholarship, and service.
A priority for the Executive Director will be to bring people together to create vibrant dynamic space where faculty and staff will be able to work on fresh, new approaches to teaching and learning. Through the establishment of this place of convergence, the Executive Director will work to create a high visibility for the center and broad awareness among the faculty and other constituents. The awareness will be enhanced through a renewed web presence and development of a wide range of systems and tools to support teaching excellence, including webinars and online workshops. Integral to this process will also be the opportunity to review expectations of this work and rethink how teams are constituted.
Record of administrative experience and achievement: Experience in successful management of significant budget resources and operations, including technology and highly-skilled professional staff; a history of success in obtaining and managing grants; capacity to lead an effective, high-performing organization, including creating and implementing long-range plans; an ability to manage, motivate, and develop synergies and a sense of team among the staff and with the faculty.
Knowledge of best practices in the field: Commitment to optimal student learning; prior experience with program design, facilitation, and evaluation; deep knowledge of the literature on learning and teaching in higher education including theories and practice of learning and teaching, student and faculty development, and instructional and cultural change; knowledge of trends and issues related to assessment of student learning outcomes in higher education.
Technological sophistication: Knowledge of current best practices in the use of technology for effective learning and teaching; demonstrated ability in classroom, electronic, and computer technology; knowledge of learning analytics; ability to integrate technology with instruction; ability to provide leadership in pedagogical innovation that leverages cutting edge instructional technologies and systems. Cornell provides a range of courses and programs online, and Cornell colleges and schools support innovative pedagogical initiatives that utilize online learning technologies. The provost's office offers opportunities for faculty to develop and design online learning experiences both for Cornell students and for massive, open student audiences through Cornell's edX MOOCs—CornellX.
Academic credentials and scholarship: The minimum requirements of the position include a Master's degree and five to seven years of related experience. Strongly preferred qualifications include the following: a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a field of the university's academic work, a successful record of teaching a subject or discipline in higher education, and experience in a university level research setting. A strong background in a specific academic field and/or the research and scholarship of learning and teaching are also highly desired.
Proven effectiveness and expertise in change management in a complex
environment: A deep appreciation for and an ability to articulate successfully the educational benefits of teaching innovation; significant professional experience managing the complex interplay of programmatic, cultural, and systemic issues; a record of developing successful teaching innovation programs for faculty; the ability to creatively solve problems; bring credibility, creativity, and relevant experience to bear when advancing initiatives.
Exceptional personal qualities: Excellent interpersonal skills including strong written and oral communication; ability to work in close partnership with the deans and faculty; skills to be an articulate advocate for the learning mission of the institution; passion, initiative and flexibility; sensitivity to the multiple missions of a major research university; a track record of fostering collaboration and lasting partnerships; and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.
Procedure for Candidacy:
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 14, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Cornell University's consultants Charlene Aguilar and Concetta Stewart at Cornell-EDCTI@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.
University Job Title:Administrator VI
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Jennie Babcock
Number of Openings:1
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