Educational Developer

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience
Posted
Nov 03, 2021
Closes
Dec 05, 2021
Ref
FAC8492
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
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Educational Developer, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

The George Mason University Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for an Educational Developer with a specialization in STEM education and faculty development. The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning is part of a set of institutional commitments to transformative, inclusive, high-impact learning. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academically and culturally inclusive environment.

Position Description:


This position will support the development, implementation, and assessment of programs for faculty with a particular focus on support for teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, computing, and math. This position will also support the Center's growing structures for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Discipline-Based Educational Research (SoTL/DBER), including providing leadership and vision for our annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference. Finally, this position will support the ongoing activities and mission of the Stearns Center. The position will report to the Director for Teaching Excellence within the Stearns Center.

This position will be integrally involved in supporting equity-focused campus-wide programs such as our current Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence initiative and our Transformative Education Quality Enhancement Program .

Major Responsibilities:


  • In partnership with the Stearns Center team, develop, implement, and assess programs to enhance STEM faculty learning about course design, student engagement and assessment, and curricular alignment at all course levels, across course modalities (in-person, hybrid, and online), and among all instructor types (graduate instructor, adjunct faculty, and full-time faculty);
  • Provide leadership for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL/DBER) programming in the Center, from individual consultations to faculty learning communities, and guide the team that supports the annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference;
  • Develop and share resources to improve high-impact, inclusive, innovative teaching and learning in STEM disciplines; and
  • Provide STEM-focused resources to integrate with ongoing Stearns Center initiatives (e.g., Continuing Professional Development workshops, Course ReDesign Academies, Faculty Orientations, Online Course Design, Writing Across the Curriculum, Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence programming, and Community-Engaged Learning programs).


Required Qualifications:


  • A Ph.D. or Ed.D. is required, with at least one field of formal study being STEM-related; and
  • At least two years of college-level teaching experience is required.


Expected Qualifications:


The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrated success working with faculty on teaching and learning approaches;
  • Specialized knowledge and understanding of current professional development approaches around the development, implementation, and assessment of STEM courses and pedagogies;
  • Knowledge of and experience in best practices for designing, implementing, and presenting and/or publishing SoTL/DBER projects;
  • A strong commitment to educational excellence and to new ideas and approaches for strengthening teaching and student learning;
  • A record of teaching excellence as an instructional faculty member, including experience in a STEM field;
  • Demonstrated expertise in promoting teaching effectiveness and inclusive practices in undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • General knowledge and understanding of current educational practices in faculty and graduate student development, teaching, and assessment across the curriculum;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain collaborative and confidential relationships;
  • Demonstrated success with project and/or events management; and
  • We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, inquisitive, detail-oriented, creative, ethical, and prepared to thrive in our busy, diverse, and collaborative environment.


Preferred Qualifications:


Candidates will be particularly competitive for this position if they have experience/expertise in one or more of the following: planning, implementing, leading, and/or assessing extended faculty development programming; teaching in a range of STEM-related courses; teaching and learning relevant to our newly expanded College of Engineering and Computing; conducting and publishing SoTL research; supporting efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into curricular and co-curricular initiatives; and/or facilitating learning across multiple course modalities.

George Mason University:


George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. As the largest public, comprehensive public university in Virginia, with nearly 40,000 students, 78 undergraduate majors, 94 master's programs, 38 doctoral programs, and a law school, Mason continues to expand on all fronts essential to a leading global university, i.e., academic programs and programming, new construction on all three of our Virginia campuses, innovative international initiatives, and more. We're also home to one of the country's most diverse student populations: our undergraduate student body is majority-minority, and upwards of 80 languages can be heard on campus at any given time.

George Mason's Fairfax and Arlington campuses are a short metro ride away from Washington, D.C.'s public museums, the Library of Congress, and a thriving arts and theater scene. Mason is a leading partner in supporting the new Amazon headquarters in Alexandria as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia's Tech Talent Investment Program. Community members can also experience wonderful theater, opera, and dance at our Center for the Arts (Fairfax campus) and Hylton Performing Arts Center (Science and Technology campus). For outdoor enthusiasts, the campus is near the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chesapeake Bay and two hours from the ocean.
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For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA87Az at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of at least 3 references. Review of applications will begin November 11 and continue until the position is filled.
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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .
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