Program Chair, Graduate Learning Initiatives

Largo, MD
Apr 10, 2018
Sep 19, 2018
Full Time


Program Chair, Graduate Learning Initiatives  
The Graduate School    

12-Month Collegiate Faculty, Full-Time     
Largo, MD

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks a Program Chair for the Graduate Learning Initiatives Department within The Graduate School. UMUC is one of twelve degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM). Working adults, military personnel, and other students around the globe are achieving their academic goals through UMUC's innovative educational options, including online instruction, accelerated academic programs, and classroom-based courses taught during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Currently, more than 42,000 students attend UMUC nationally, and an additional 33,852 students attend UMUC at on site classes in more than 25 countries throughout the world; about 56,000 students are active duty military, veterans, and their families. In 2013, UMUC had over 261,000 online course enrollments.

The Graduate Learning Initiatives (GLI) Department manages the “gateway” courses students take prior to continuing in classic and project-based programs.  The UCSP 615 course serves approximately 4,000 students per academic year; the CBR_DCL_PRO 600 courses serve over 3,200 students per academic year. GLI also manages two five-week writing courses and provides administrative oversight and support for the other academic preparation courses.  GLI also manages tutoring support for graduate students, a separate role than the Program Chair position. 

The Program Chair manages the development, promotion and direction of assigned GLI courses; completes special projects related to evaluation of student learning (core competencies) and other school-wide learning; collaborates with peers in other departments on university-wide initiatives. This position reports to the Vice Dean of the Graduate Learning Initiatives Department.    


  • Participate in the continuing development, management, and promotion of GLI courses, including the core “foundation” courses, the non-credit academic preparation courses, and other GLI offerings; 
  • Employ best practices in adult and continuing education with the ability to provide direct feedback and guidance to faculty members in the areas of writing, critical thinking, statistics, leadership, teamwork, and ethics.
  • Develop courses in alignment with TGS experiential learning models, regularly update and administer course content, maintain model classrooms, schedule and staff faculty, and oversee and mentor faculty accordingly to UMUC Best Practices;
  • Work with other UMUC units to develop processes to monitor the quality of GLI courses and measure their effectiveness in terms of student learning;
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of student learning outcome assessment activities in the GLI program and other TGS programs as required;
  • Consult with TGS programs as requested to provide input into course content, design and learning assessment related to writing, critical thinking, statistics, leadership, teamwork, and ethics;
  • Program Chairs are required to teach 6 credits of on-load per year, generally related to their programs.  Overload teaching is available according to graduate school limits and when it does not interfere with the Chair's primary responsibilities. 
  • Other job-related duties may be assigned.
  • This position is located in Largo, MD


  • Terminal degree in a field related to education, teaching, curriculum development or management, with deep understanding of education/teaching principles and practices;
  • Degree must be from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • A self-starter with strong initiative and work ethic, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision and scrupulously manage details;
  • 6-8 years of professional and/or managerial work experience teaching and managing continuing or general education courses, with strong experience in writing, critical thinking, statistics, and leadership/teamwork;
  • Five years of teaching experience with excellent student evaluations, preferably online with adult, part-time students;
  • Excellent administrative, verbal and written communication skills; experience in managing diverse teams and projects.


  • Degree and experience that provides the ability to develop and maintain a range of courses that support student learning in a graduate school that focuses on management;
  • Experience with experiential learning models that includes teaching, mentoring and developing curriculum, including developmental and English Language Learner (ELL) models.


All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMUC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare.  For detailed benefits information, please visit:

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMUC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.If you are an external candidate, you will have the option to create an account after you submit your application. Passwords for external accounts must contain 8 characters including 1 uppercase letter, 1 number, and 1 special character. Please remember this password, as it will be required to apply to additional jobs.


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