Educational Developer

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Feb 22, 2022
Jul 02, 2022
Full Time
Educational Developer: Hybrid Pedagogy Focus, Stearns Center for Teaching and LearningAs part of a set of institutional commitments to transformative, inclusive, accessible, high-impact learning, George Mason University's Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for an Educational Developer with a specialization in hybrid and cross-modal pedagogies, course design, and faculty development. This position will provide broad support for faculty as they continue to adapt their teaching to take advantage of opportunities to combine in-room, synchronous video, and asynchronous online learning environments, and thus to support Mason's "Portfolio of Choice" goal of engaging students in whatever course modality-or combination of modalities-best supports their 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. About the Position:Pandemic teaching in the past two years has sped up the transition from categorizing college courses as either "in person" or "online" to understanding that good teaching requires faculty to strategically integrate modalities to best enable student engagement and learning. This position will provide faculty-development leadership for the creation, implementation, and assessment of programs for faculty to develop and hone skills for teaching across multiple modalities. The position will liaise with our instructional design team members who are responsible for building asynchronous courses, and will focus on extending best practices in online course design to larger cohorts of faculty who are constructing cross-modal courses. 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. Responsibilities:In partnership with the Stearns Center team, develop, implement, and assess programs to enhance "hybrid" teaching-from "in-classroom" or "on-video" courses that lean gently on an asynchronous LMS to fully flipped or alternating-modality courses that regularly cross modalities-at all course levels and among all instructor types (graduate instructor, adjunct faculty, and full-time faculty);Develop and share accessible resources to help faculty improve the design and implementation of inclusive, engaging, aligned courses that integrate multiple learning modalities;Collaborate with college and school leaders in designing and assessing local support for faculty that is related to hybrid and cross-modal teaching; andProvide hybrid-teaching resources that integrate with ongoing Stearns Center initiatives (e.g., Continuing Professional Development workshops, Course ReDesign Academies, Faculty Orientations, Writing Across the Curriculum, Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, and Anti-Racist and Inclusive Excellence programming). Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. or Ed.D., or any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Ph.D. or Ed.D;Some (generally at least two years) college-level teaching experience; and Some (generally at least two years) leadership or strong active role in hybrid or online faculty development programming.Expected Qualifications:The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the following: Demonstrated success working with faculty on teaching and learning approaches in relation to issues of hybrid and/or cross-modal course design; Knowledge and understanding of current professional development approaches specifically around the development, implementation, and assessment of hybrid and/or cross-modal courses; 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 teaching in multiple and/or blended modalities; Demonstrated expertise in promoting teaching effectiveness and quality course design in undergraduate and graduate programs;General knowledge and understanding of current educational practices in faculty and graduate student development, teaching, and assessment;Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain collaborative and confidential relationships; andWe 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: designing and/or leading structured, cohort-based learning experiences for faculty; designing and teaching fully flipped or alternating-modality courses; research or assessment projects directly related to issues of cross-modal course design; and/or teaching in health science, technology, and/or business/management courses. 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 and program expansion on our Korea campus, innovative international initiatives, and more. George Mason is 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. The university is committed to a principle of "access to excellence," and is engaged in several university initiatives to create pathways of engagement and success for all of our students. 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. 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 in close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay and two hours from the ocean.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA34Jz at ; complete and submit the online application; then upload a cover letter, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of at least 3 references. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

"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! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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