Position Openings: Instructional Consultants at CRLT – Focus on Large Foundational Courses

The University of Michigan is engaged in a major, presidential initiative to support and transform foundational courses - those large courses that introduce students to a major or discipline. To this end, in January 2018, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) launched the Foundational Course Initiative (FCI). In the FCI, CRLT consultants spend three years working with instructional teams to reimagine these courses and promote the success of all students. Our vision is that University of Michigan’s Foundational Courses will be nationally recognized as a leading model for teaching and learning at scale and that they will play an important role in recruiting a diverse student body, supporting them all equitably, and creating the inclusive community we aspire to for our third century. The work of the Foundational Course Initiative is highly collaborative and team-based. It provides opportunities for motivated individuals to develop and implement new knowledge about teaching and learning through the learning laboratory provided by teaching at scale at University of Michigan.

For this round of FCI expansion, CRLT seeks to welcome four new colleagues to our growing team. We hope to recruit individuals with training and work experience in at least one of the following four focus areas:

  1. evidence-based instructional design in face-to-face and blended contexts
  2. assessment of student learning and learning analytics
  3. student support and creation of an inclusive and equitable classroom climate
  4. selection and implementation of technologies to support teaching and learning at scale

Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in faculty development are encouraged to apply.

Listed below are some examples of the responsibilities of the successful candidate:

  • Working closely with faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and other department stakeholders, along with CRLT colleagues, to study, understand, and revise large courses, and enhance student learning and experience in these courses
  • Consulting and strategizing with instructional teams about pedagogical and climate goals and needs specific to their team, course, and departmental context
  • Contributing expertise in one of the four focus areas (instructional design, assessment and analytics, student support or instructional technology) to CRLT and to the collaborative course design teams
  • Developing and implementing innovative programs and activities for the support and improvement of teaching and learning in the large course environment
  • Collecting, compiling and/or analyzing data on the student educational experience, for publication as appropriate
  • Collaborating with colleagues within CRLT and across the University of Michigan to implement and support instructional methods appropriate for a diverse student body

Starting date: As soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a three-year term appointment with possibility of renewal.

Job requirements: A completed Master’s degree; college teaching experience and experience working with students of diverse backgrounds and identities; faculty and/or Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) development experience; proven ability to collaborate in a decentralized and distributed work environment; a successful record of program development and implementation in one of the four focus areas (instructional design, assessment and analytics, student support or instructional technology); ability to work effectively in settings of social and intellectual diversity; interpersonal skills that result in respectful and productive interactions and collaborations with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, and administrators, strong oral and written communication skills; exceptional organizational and management skills with the ability to set own deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks, and sensitivity to teaching and learning needs at a major research university.

Desired qualifications: A completed Ph.D. degree, familiarity with current trends in education at scale, particularly in the undergraduate arena. Familiarity with the literature on instructional design, assessment and analytics, student support and inclusive teaching and/or instructional technology. Experience designing and delivering programs for a diverse set of university-based stakeholders (undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff). Familiarity with the literature on faculty and GSI development and learning improvement, including course development and design. Familiarity with the teaching and learning environment at the University of Michigan.

To apply: http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/160958/instructional_consultant_focus_on_large_foundational_courses

  • In your cover letter, please specify which of the four focus areas you wish to be considered for: instructional design, assessment and analytics, student support or instructional technology.
  • Submit a CV and cover letter (bundled as a single document) at http://www.umich.edu/~jobs/ (UM Jobs posting number 160958).
  • To learn more about the Foundational Course Initiative, visit http://crlt.umich.edu/fci
  • For questions, contact Meg Bakewell, Director, FCI (734-764-0505, crltfciteam@umich.edu)

 CRLT, founded in 1962, was the first university teaching center. CRLT provides comprehensive curricular and instructional development programs and is dedicated to the support and advancement of teaching and learning at the University of Michigan. CRLT instructional consultants partner with faculty members, graduate student instructors, the academic administration, and students in all nineteen UM schools and colleges to promote a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports differences, and encourages instructional environments in which diverse students can learn and excel. We are a highly collaborative and productive group, and we look forward to welcoming new staff to our team.  For information about CRLT, visit http://www.crlt.umich.edu.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.