Faculty Developer Position - Widener University

Posted on December 17, 2008

Widener University has been nationally recognized for our innovative practices in experiential learning and active scholarship. We seek a dynamic Director for the Office of Pedagogical Support to serve as a consultant to faculty, a collaborator in pedagogical design, and a conduit for support and resources. The office is integral to a comprehensive, multidimensional model of a continuum of support for faculty as part of our mission and strategic commitments to academic excellence and civic engagement. The Director will provide consultative services for faculty innovation in curriculum design, pedagogy, and assessment; assist faculty in effective use of technology for instruction and its delivery; coordinate programs promoting scholarly activity and recognition; and support diversity, leadership, collaboration, service learning, faculty mentoring and other strategic priorities related to exemplary teaching, learning, and assessment. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain the exciting work already being done by Widener faculty, staff, and administrators while serving as a partner in holistic and lifelong faculty development at all career stages.

The position is administrative with a faculty appointment; the individual filling the position will be expected to teach one to three courses a year. The Director will be situated organizationally within the Office of the Provost.

The desired candidate will have:

  • the initiative and drive to advance a new paradigm for an Office of Pedagogical Support and see it into realization
  • the capacity to build relationships and collaborate with constituencies across campus
  • the ability to communicate effectively in multiple modalities
  • the organizational skills and creativity to plan and execute innovative faculty development activities
  • the competency in using technology tools and in helping others (from novice to expert) integrate appropriate tools in teaching, learning, and assessment
  • the expertise necessary in research and best practices for the scholarship of teaching

Qualifications: Candidates must have a doctoral degree and strong evidence of exemplary college teaching experience, as well as at least three years of faculty development experience that includes: planning and implementing faculty activities addressing innovative teaching, learning, and assessment; consultative services for faculty innovation in curriculum design and pedagogy; effective use and integration of technology; and support for diversity, leadership, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and other strategic initiatives related to teaching and learning.

Interested candidates may submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, references (including phone numbers and email addresses), and salary requirements to mrlehman@mail.widener.edu. Review of applications will begin in early January 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.