The University of Denver — Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning

The University of Denver seeks a Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning
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Location: Denver, Colorado

The Position:
Under the supervision of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs/Faculty Director, the Director of OTL oversees teaching-related initiatives and promotes a culture that practices, values, and rewards excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment at the university. The OTL director, together with the faculty director, provides leadership and vision for the continuous improvement of teaching, learning, and assessment at the University of Denver.

Essential Duties:
The OTL Director, a full-time staff member, will be expected to collaborate with OTL staff to:

  • Work and collaborate with a diverse range of faculty and other DU community members to build capacity and community around teaching and promote an institutional culture that values effective teaching and meaningful learning. 
  • Build and sustain initiatives that promote excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment across DU and that are grounded in current research and evidence-based practices.
  • Collaborate and lead in a manner that builds and supports diversity and inclusion in the OTL and campus-wide.
  • Represent the OTL, and act as a thought leader, at all levels of the university.
  • Provide direct support to faculty to enhance understanding and practice of a variety of pedagogical approaches aimed at enhancing teaching effectiveness, curriculum changes, course design, learning technology, learning environments, and assessment strategies.
  • Steward change management processes and build organizational resilience.
  • Mentor, motivate and support the career development of OTL staff and team. 
  • Manage OTL office functions, including staff meetings, budget/fiscal planning, people management, program planning and assessment, and alignment of staff with OTL and institutional goals and priorities. 
  • Collect, analyze, and use data effectively to inform OTL work; provide an annual report and assessment of the programs and activities of the OTL. 
  • Facilitate processes focusing on continuous improvement and benchmarking that culminate in an external review of the OTL in two years.
  • Enhance the internal and external communication of the profile and scope of OTL’s supports and services.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D., Ed.D. or other terminal degree from an accredited institution. 
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in higher education.
  • An understanding of research-based best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Successful administrative and professional development experience with faculty, preferably in a teaching/learning center.
  • Experience in innovating new projects, proposals, and initiatives, to successful adoption and sustainability.
  • Experience with direct responsibility for managing personnel and budget.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in education would distinguish the candidate.
  • Evidence of professional development with a focus on teaching and learning (publications, presentations, certifications, etc.).
  • A record of excellent teaching experience at the college or university level.
  • A background indicating a commitment to diversity and inclusion broadly defined. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of student-centered learning and learning theories, outcomes-based curricular design, program development, assessment of learning outcomes, and technology-enhanced teaching and learning grounded in educational research.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide collaborative leadership and management skills, and to work collaboratively with other administrative academic units.
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles and practices of learning-centered and inclusive approaches to teaching across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a diverse group of students, faculty, administrators, and staff both individually and in group settings, including writing, presenting, and one-to-one interactions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and program development skills.
  • Recognize and advance the role of online pedagogy as it facilitates the evolving role of online learning in higher education.

About the Institution:
The University of Denver enrolls approximately 12,000 graduates and undergraduates with average class sizes under 21 students and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Individual attention combined with urban connections has historically provided a wealth of professional opportunities for students, many of whom choose to stay in Denver after graduation. 

About the Office of Teaching and Learning:
Located in the faculty affairs unit of the Office of the Provost, the current mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is to improve student learning across the University by fostering innovation and strengthening practices in teaching, course design, curriculum development, and assessment. The OTL staff supports faculty by advancing skills in course design, pedagogy, and academic assessment.

The range of OTL’s effort is from direct assistance to individual faculty to providing leadership for teaching excellence, innovation, and inquiry efforts on campus. The creation and implementation of new programs and services to promote and support deep and active learning within and across disciplines through evidence-based practices, educational technologies, and research on teaching and learning is a characteristic of the Office, whether within the OTL or as part of larger campus initiatives. 

The OTL participates in the development and implementation of institution-wide teaching and learning initiatives related to the university strategic plan, which currently include experiential learning, whole student development, and inclusive teaching practices. See DU seeks a highly organized, creative, and collaborative individual with experience in higher education to help lead a team which engages these issues.

Professor Kate Willink will be appointed as Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs on July 1, 2019. She will also continue to serve as Faculty Director during the upcoming academic year. 

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by July 21, 2019, will be given first consideration. Please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position. To apply online, go to:

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The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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