Associate Dean, Inclusive Teaching and Learning Environments
GENERAL SUMMARY The Associate Dean of Inclusive Teaching and Learning Environments gives expression to the Walden University mission and vision through the development of an inclusive teaching and learning culture purposefully imagined, designed, supported and delivered to ensure that learning is accessible for all students. Our goal is to create a teaching and learning environment that allows everyone engaged in the learning process to flourish in ways that demonstrate appreciation and acknowledgement of the diverse backgrounds Walden's working adult professionals bring to our classrooms. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Strategy Development, Implementation and Monitoring
Partner closely with academic and HR leadership to develop
long-term and short-term operational and strategic plans to support
the learning needs of all students, plans which are tightly aligned
with the university's strategic plans and include benchmarks,
assessments, follow-up, and modeled accountability.
Engage in assessment of the university teaching and learning
climate as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This
includes the development of metrics, such as the Equity Scorecard
model, by which to gauge success in areas of inclusive teaching and
Collaborate with academic leadership and the Product Strategy,
Innovation and Design team and other appropriate departments to
support the intentional integration of culturally relevant
pedagogical, andragogical and heutagogical practices into the
college curricula and programs.
Faculty, Staff and Leadership Development and Retention
- Through the annual planning cycle, prioritize the activities within each of these categories to ensure continuous advancement in each of the areas set forth in this job description, consistent with the overarching goals of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
- Ensure that relevant teaching strategies (responsive to this data) to support students with diverse learning needs are accessible to faculty in their classes.
- Provide guidance and support to individuals, departments and programs in identifying policies, practices and other factors that result in inequitable outcomes and explore and implement evidence-based practices and interventions which lead to equitable outcomes.
- Develop recommended learning paths and content for faculty, academic staff and leaders at all levels.
- Coordinate the development, dissemination and continual improvement of best practices to support leaders' and faculty's ability to create and sustain inclusive teaching and learning environments; coordinate the provision of reference texts, resources and professional journals for faculty.
- Provide staff and faculty with professional learning opportunities including coaching, lesson demonstrations, reflective practice and the sharing of contemporary pedagogical practice to develop their capacity and confidence in the development of strategies to meet diverse learning needs.
- Keep self and academic leadership up to date with current educational issues relevant to diverse learning needs, through networking, and membership with professional associations
- Partner with the offices of institutional effectiveness and institutional research to integrate disaggregated data and an equity mindset into all internal research, planning implementation and assessment processes, including annual campus climate surveys, and development and tracking of success indicators;
- Coordinate and align the work of academic equity committees, programs and initiatives
- Develop programs which encourage relevant, courageous and respectful campus dialogue and foster awareness and appreciation of the value of diversity and inclusion, and empowers individuals to take action in their respective roles.