Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Thompson Rivers University

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Published
November 7, 2022
Location
Kamloops, Canada
Job Type
Closing Date
2022/12/06

Description

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President Academic, the Director is responsible for providing strong strategic and visionary leadership in the articulation and implementation of learning and teaching excellence and education innovation at TRU. The Director will work collaboratively with faculty members, chairs and deans to develop and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, scholarly teaching and evidence-based practices that support and enhance TRU's comprehensive programs, delivery modes and learners.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Vision and Leadership

  • Promotes student success by creating and supporting the development of processes and innovations that lead to learner-centred environments
  • Facilitates and supports the work of all academic units with respect to learning and teaching, renewal and developing innovative academic programs and instruction
  • Provides leadership in the implementation of the University's Strategic Priorities by providing guidance and facilitating developments related to innovative practices in learning and teaching
  • Encourages the development of interdisciplinary course and program offerings
  • Builds strong relationships and creates an effective team of colleagues within the Centre
  • Works to inspire and facilitate the faculty and staff in providing an exemplary educational experience for students
  • Recognizes diverse personal and intellectual cultures, and provides a positive and supportive environment in which people from many different backgrounds may work and study
  • Capitalizes on ideas, opportunities and connections with and among people
  • Advocates for the interests and values of the Centre across the University
  • Provides a supportive and engaging environment for diverse faculty, staff and student populations

Learning and Teaching

  • Promotes excellence and integrity in a climate that encourages faculty and staff to creatively identify and pursue teaching excellence
  • Builds and supports innovative education programs
  • Supports and facilitates the development and application of learning and educational delivery methods, where appropriate, to assist the University in carrying out its mandate
  • Fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among a wide range of disciplines to create unique opportunities for faculty development
  • Leads and facilitates curricular activities related to general education, and learning outcomes and assessment
  • Assists programs in continuous quality improvement, including through assistance with program review self-study activities
  • Supports learning and teaching activities across TRU's full spectrum of delivery options
  • Lead and manage internal grant opportunities for faculty related to learning and teaching

Scholarly Activity

  • Furthers the integration of research, scholarly or artistic work into the learning and teaching environment
  • Encourages the dissemination of best practices and current research on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Mentors TRU's Teaching Fellows, or other related initiatives, and facilitates their work with faculty members
  • Supports interdisciplinary collaborations in scholarship and teaching

Internal Relations

  • Plans and prioritizes human resource needs for the Centre, ensuring that viable hiring plans are in place and supported
  • Communicates regularly and effectively with faculty, staff and students
  • Develops effective strategies to promote academic innovation in learning and teaching across the University
  • Leads the effort to strengthen opportunities for Indigenous knowledges represented in scholarship, teaching, engagement and outreach to the community
  • Maintains an environment in which faculty and staff are able to carry out teaching of the highest quality
  • Works collaboratively with, and seeks input from, faculty and staff regarding the development and implementation of teaching innovations
  • Works collaboratively with students, faculty members and administration on University-wide initiatives to improve learning and teaching
  • Provides learning and teaching advice to faculties related to curricular revisions or development
  • Champions progressive and innovative models of learning and teaching to a broad spectrum of constituents across the University community
  • Participates in and leads related committee work including the Senate subcommittee for teaching and learning

Management

  • Ensures the effective management of resources resulting in a balanced budget
  • Manages and augments the Centre's resources through the development of strategic partnerships
  • Develops and tracks the Centre's performance metrics and indicators and provides the Associate Vice-President Academic with annual performance analysis
  • Encourages a sense of vision, energy and collegiality within the Centre

External Relations

  • Builds effective relationships with a broad spectrum of constituents including senior administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, Indigenous communities, industry and professional leaders, educational institutions, accreditation bodies and national and international groups of professional educators
  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for the Centre on campus and in the external community

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES

  • Post-secondary administrative experience as, or equivalent to, associate dean, department chair, head or director
  • PhD or equivalent is required
  • Guiding and facilitating developments related to innovative practices in learning and teaching that support the implementation of the University's Strategic Priorities
  • Understanding of multi-modal delivery of innovative educational programming
  • Supporting student success by creating and supporting the development processes and innovations that lead to high-quality learning environments
  • Facilitating and supporting the work of all academic units with respect to learning and teaching, renewal and developing innovative academic programs and instruction
  • Building, articulating and pursuing a vision through to successful delivery of objectives and outcomes
  • Advancing academic and organizational excellence in a complex environment
  • Promoting excellence and integrity in pedagogical activity and fostering a climate that encourages faculty and staff to creatively identify and pursue teaching excellence
  • Leading planning processes, managing resources and providing creative leadership to faculty and staff in an academic setting
  • Leading collaborative, cooperative and consultative efforts to create a common purpose and foster the spirit of teamwork
  • Developing an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in a post-secondary environment
  • Promoting teamwork, collaboration, consultation and partnership in a manner that is inclusive of members of the University community
  • Leading and managing collegially within a unionized environment
  • Ensuring the integration of Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms
  • Disseminating best practices and current research on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Decisively leading and managing transformative change in a complex, rapidly changing environment
  • Committing to the advancement of Indigenous peoples through post-secondary education with the ability to foster and advance a learning environment welcoming of diversity and intercultural engagement
  • Communicating effectively and persuasively with a diverse array of stakeholders
  • Developing a positive learning and work environment for students, staff and faculty
  • Fostering interdisciplinary linkages to benefit students
  • Ensuring the effective management of a balanced budget
  • Building effective linkages internally and externally to enhance and bolster the Centre's and TRU's interests
  • An excellent communicator and listener who has a high level of social and emotional intelligence
  • A natural personal manner that is welcoming, supportive and connects easily with others
  • Demonstrates vision, imagination, integrity, sound judgment, diplomacy, transparency and the ability to make difficult decisions in a manner respectful of the academy
  • An approachable and engaged champion of students and their post-secondary experience
  • Unassailable integrity and character, demonstrating honest and ethical leadership
  • Inspirational, able to motivate and excite passion in others
  • A deep commitment to, and passion for equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:
Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Careers website. External Candidates invited to interview will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview.

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Ph.D.

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