Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Job Ad
TMU invites applications for a founding Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship.
The Center will develop, manage, and sustain programs to support faculty and staff development for excellence in teaching and achievement in scholarship. The Center’s programs include pedagogical workshops, faculty- and staff-led seminars on teaching and scholarship, individual consultations with faculty and staff, the establishment of a library of electronic and print resources, and promotion of faculty and staff involvement in services such as advising and student support.
This is a twelve-month administrative/staff appointment for an individual who will also carry teaching responsibilities. Ph.D. in a discipline offered by the University is required; in consultation with the Provost, the Director will undertake 9 credits of teaching each academic year in a combination of FYE sections (6 credits) and a course in their discipline. Reporting to the Provost, the appointee will serve on the Provost’s Leadership Team and collaborate with Deans and faculty in the University’s Colleges.
- Provide leadership that champions and facilitates outstanding teaching, learning, service, scholarship, and co-curricular support by academic staff in alignment with Thomas More’s mission and identity as a Catholic Liberal Arts University.
- Chair an Advisory Council comprised of faculty and staff/academic leaders who will assist in guiding the operations and activities of the Center.
- Assist in the promotion of the Center and its activities on campus and to the community.
- Coordinate and supervise daily and ongoing activities in the Center, including oversight of an administrative assistant, instructional designers, and a grants writer/manager.
- Facilitate and promote classroom, laboratory, service learning, and scholarly innovation.
- Administer educational mini-grants and other professional opportunities (including the procurement of grants by individuals or the University).
- Develop and implement workshops and consultations to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness for faculty and staff.
- Contribute to fund raising efforts for the Center by liaising with the Office of Advancement.
- Work with Department Chairs and the Chair of Faculty Development to coordinate and facilitate a mentoring program for new faculty members
- Organize and hold forums for discussions on curriculum, student learning, and assessment of teaching.
- Organize, schedule, and host nationally-recognized guest speakers who can promote pedagogical and scholarly innovation.
- Assist in implementing and evaluating educational technologies such as Canvas LMS that enhance student engagement for all modalities of learning.
- Assist in strengthening a culture of engaged teaching and the cultivation of community partnerships.
The successful candidate will be a teacher-scholar with a strong teaching record at the university level and experience in, as well as a passion for, supporting faculty to develop as teacher-scholars and staff to develop as educators in support of teaching and learning.
We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Thomas More University aspires to be a community that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for all. Driven by the University’s mission, we challenge every member of our community to understand and act in ways that demonstrate their responsibility to others. See here for the University’s Statement on Diversity: https://www.thomasmore.edu/info-for/new-current-students/diversity-inclusion/
Please submit, in electronic format, a letter of interest which speaks to your interest in the role and relevant expertise, the names and contact details of three professional references, and a curriculum vita to Laura Custer, Director of HR, at email@example.com.