Central Washington University — Executive Director of Interactive Instruction and Innovative Delivery

Central Washington University invites expressions of interest, nominations and applications for the Executive Director of Interactive Instruction and Innovative Delivery.

Central Washington University (CWU) is one of three state-supported comprehensive universities in Washington State.  The University enrolls approximately 12,000 students and employs about 1,300 faculty and staff. Average class size is 25, with a faculty-student ratio of 17:1; more than a third of first-year students were people of color in fall 2017.  The University holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Extended Programs. The ED works collaboratively and collegially with all levels of the university community. He or she will work collaboratively with campus divisions and all university center campuses in designing, implementing, and delivering multimodal instruction, support services, and related programming.  The Executive Director organizes the programmatic development of multimodal initiatives that support the numerous modes of courses outlined in the Multimodal Task Force Report, including online, synchronous distance education, hybrid, competency-based, and flexible course scheduling. The ED also participates in quality assurance assessments of online programming, oversees instructional design teams, leads multimodal learning support teams, provides direction to the Multimodal Education Center, facilitates faculty learning communities of practice, coordinates online learning grants, online teaching certification, and conference travel awards, and serves as representative on university and state-wide committees, as appropriate.   

Mulitmodal Education Center
The Multimodal Education Center (MEC) embraces the vision that Technology Empowers Learning. Instructional and multimedia technologies, support, and training are provided for all CWU students, faculty, and staff to create opportunities for exploration of emerging technologies, digital media, and innovative learning spaces.

MEC is a proud participant and collaborator with faculty members in fostering technology-enhanced teaching and learning. Multimodal Learning provides opportunities for faculty to share best practices, research, and resources on the use of instructional technologies and innovative pedagogies.

For more information please click here:  http://www.cwu.edu/multimodal-education/teaching-innovation-showcase. 

In this role, the Executive Director will:

  • Create strategies, direction, and goals for multimodal learning initiatives;
  • Work across functional areas to leverage resources to implement strategic goals;
  • Foster a vision and current knowledge of teaching excellence grounded in educational research and expertise;
  • Analyze data related to retention, success rates, student progression, and institutional surveys in order to identify areas of improvement for quality assurance of online learning;
  • Participate with senior leaderships to establish strategic plans and objectives and cultivates the support for the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Maintains relationships with district, state, and national peers to share resources and best Consult, train, and serve as a resource person to the faculty, in the design, development, evaluation and revision of teaching, learning, programs, curriculum, and assessment needs;
  • Assist in staff development on instructional applications of technologies and instructional methods;
  • Facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations;
  • Identify, communicate and promote best practices for applying innovative and effective teaching and learning theories and instructional technologies through faculty learning communities;
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to faculty in the design, development, and delivery of engaging, interactive and instructionally-sound materials and activities that address various learning styles and are accessible to all students including those with disabilities;

For a full list of responsibilities please review the Position Profile at:  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution;
  • Teaching experience in higher education;
  • Experience in multimodal instruction, assessment, and programming;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communication, presentation, and listening skills; 
  • Excellent organizational and management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to accomplish tasks and projects; and
  • Demonstrated ability to build peer relationships and collaborate in the implementation of effective solutions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applied experience with implementing continuous improvement processes.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to uncertainty and constant changes; and
  • Ability to embrace and promote a diverse environment.

Application Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. 

Applicants must submit: 

  • Cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position;
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae;
  • List of five (5) references with one being a person who was a direct report; one being a peer; and one being a supervisor; and two others.  This list should include names and contact information including a current email address and phone number.  
  • All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. Nominations should include the name and contact information for the nominee.
  • References will not be contacted until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. 
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Applications, letters of nomination, and inquiries should be submitted to:

Jan M. Asnicar, Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
Email: j.asnicar@storbeckpimentel.com 

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Central Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer