I. JOB OVERVIEW Job Description Summary:
The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and sparks innovation at GW. We enable research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship and rich archival resources, tailored support for researchers at all levels, guidance for faculty who want to explore new teaching methods and technologies in the classroom, and robust support for online education. Through innovative partnerships, dynamic workshops, and team-based approaches to project management and problem solving, GWLAI fosters collaboration and provides leadership across the university to support the shared mission of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge. Having recently joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), GW is at an exciting moment in its history and trajectory, and GWLAI is a key partner in supporting the university's research and scholarly advancements and promoting discoveries and innovations made by the research community.
The Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning Excellence will lead the ongoing enhancement of GW's programs that encourage, support, and assess pedagogical practice in face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction. To this end, the incumbent will manage the Instructional Core unit comprised of:
● The Faculty Development team
that provides instruction to faculty in improving their approaches to teaching;
● The Instructional Technology Lab
(ITL) that provides support for the learning management system at GW (Blackboard) and other instructional technologies (e.g. lecture capture, student response technologies);
● The Instructional Design team
that works with GW faculty to create quality online courses;
● The Strategic Digital Learning team
that supports faculty in teaching with creative media.
GWLAI seeks a creative thought leader with management and instructional experience to lead this high-functioning unit as they enable curricular transformation at GW with pedagogically sound teaching tools and methods. The successful candidate should aspire to further elevate the prominence of the Instructional Core, boosting its recognition as a leader in promoting pedagogical excellence. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation. As a member of the GWLAI Senior Leadership Team, the incumbent will work in collaboration with other Associate Deans to leverage talents across the organization in promoting excellence in teaching and learning.
The incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
- Manages the Faculty Development team, the Instructional Technology Lab, the Instructional Design team, and the Strategic Digital Learning team;
- Creates an environment of collaboration that leads to better understanding of the value of inclusive teaching and learning initiatives across the University;
- Collaborates with the other units in GWLAI to provide comprehensive support for the teaching and research missions of the University;
- Communicates a vision and plan that includes faculty development at all teaching levels (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral) and fosters the development of policies and programming that support faculty in becoming more informed, confident, creative, and reflective teachers;
- Works with Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Chairs to identify different ways to offer customized support for their respective constituencies;
- Develops, launches, and supports existing and new online and hybrid courses and programs;
- Serves as an active participant in institution-wide learning initiatives and committees;
- Fosters growth through collaborative relationships with other distinctive teaching and learning centers throughout the region and nation;
- Keeps abreast of and communicates about changing technologies that will impact teaching and learning.
The position is based at GW's Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position. Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience, Master's degree, or higher, in a relevant area of study preferred. Relevant experience must include at least 4 years of senior leadership/executive level experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Doctoral degree required and 10 years of experience in instruction and higher education leadership.Preferred Qualifications:
Typical Hiring Range
- Five+ years of experience managing a team
- Proven track record as an administrator supporting teaching and learning activities with experience in both the face-to-face and online format
- Leadership in a higher education teaching and learning organization
- Experience in successful management of budgetary resources
- Recognition for excellence as an instructor in higher education
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
- Evidence of collaborative mindset and ability to partner with colleagues
- Experience working with faculty from multiple disciplines
- Knowledge of research, best practices, and emerging trends in teaching and learning
- Knowledge of and commitment to digital accessibility
- Contributions to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional venues and through service to higher education and the profession
Commensurate with Experience.
II. JOB DETAILS Campus Location:
Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department:
University Libraries Family
Academic Affairs Sub-Family
Academic Administration - School Stream
Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time:
Full time -> FTE 1.00 Hours Per Week:
40 Work Schedule:
Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm Will this job require the employee to work on site?
Yes Employee Onsite Status
On-campus (in person) Telework:
No Required Background Check:
Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:
Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa statusInternal Applicants Only?
No Posting Number:
S012780 Job Open Date:
01/24/2024 Job Close Date:If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:Background Screening
Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.