Instructional and Learning Technologist for the Sciences

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Instructional and Learning Technologist for the Sciences
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is building a diverse academic community of highly qualified students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is fundamentally important to the character and mission of Whitman College. Diversity enriches our community and enhances intellectual and personal growth. Whitman is an equal opportunity employer.


Our department delivers both technological services and collaborative, strategic thinking/implementation to the Whitman community. We organize ourselves into five interconnected teams: Client Services, Enterprise Technology, Technology Infrastructure, Instructional and Learning Technology, and Information Security. Throughout our collective efforts, we constantly strive to make things (even) better, perform with integrity by doing the right thing, listen and speak with care, stay hungry with curiosity, and not forget to have fun in what we do.

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As part of Technology Services, our group's “bread and butter” is working closely with faculty to help them enhance and/or augment their pedagogical and scholarly goals through the effective application of technology. We passionately pursue this broad spectrum of activities in everything from helping faculty with day-to-day computing to supporting long term projects; from technical support of events, to examining and piloting exciting new uses of technology.


This position works to augment and enhance instruction and learning through technology, for both students and faculty, specifically in the Sciences (Division 3). As a member of the Instructional and Learning Technology group of Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS), this position collaborates with other IT members to provide an information technology environment that is consistent with the goals and needs of Whitman College students, faculty, and staff.


The principal responsibility of the Instructional and Learning Technologist for the Sciences is to work with, collaborate, and support faculty in the academic departments of the Sciences (Division 3). Responsibilities and duties include:

  1. Consulting, exploring, planning, researching, goal setting, troubleshooting, maintaining, documenting, training, and assessing the effective and/or innovative applications of technology to meet with pedagogical and scholarly pursuits.
  2. Collaborating with other WCTS staff, library, students, and campus constituents to identify, design, develop, implement, maintain, and assess instructional and learning uses of technology.
  3. Working jointly with other WCTS staff to maintain and develop computer lab and collaborative learning spaces, taking a lead role on assigned labs.
  4. Participating in the planning, designing, and conducting of institutional development projects and professional development and learning vehicles (e.g. seminars, initiatives, screencasts, etc.) for campus constituents.
  5. Participating in preparing and disseminating information (e.g. documentation, handouts, newsletter) regarding WCTS services.
  6. Fostering connections with professional contacts in other colleges, associations, organizations, and companies concerning instructional technology.
  7. Providing auxiliary assistance to Client Services' desktop and application support.
  8. Performing other essential duties as assigned.


Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Requisite skills to maintain and support an information system.
  • Proficiency with Windows, Mac OS, and mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, etc.). Knowledge of Linux and/or Unix a plus.
  • Requisite skills in support and usage of multimedia applications for presentation/publication, graphics, audio, video, digitization of analog materials, and social media interaction.
  • Experience supporting and using data management and visualization applications (e.g. SAS, SPSS, FileMaker Pro, SQL, ArcGIS, Digital Asset Management applications).
  • Experience supporting and using Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle).
  • Experience in deploying and supporting cloud-based software (e.g. AWS AppStream) and software as service applications.
  • Experience in providing technical support for workstations that interface with scientific instruments.

Instruction and Learning:
  • Familiarity with established and emerging instructional needs and methodologies in the Sciences.
  • Passion for and dedication to the role of instructional and learning technologies in higher education.
  • A proven ability to make technical issues understandable diverse audiences.
  • The ability to match technical opportunities to college goals.

  • Demonstrated commitment to participatory management and a strong service orientation.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to establish and maintain collaborative and collegial working relationships in a diverse and multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.
  • Marked ability to work independently AND in teams.
  • Demonstrated excellence in visual and new media communication and composition.
  • A proven ability to translate challenges into opportunities and work comfortably in a changing, multi-tasked, and sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Valuation and understanding of the benefits of failure.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong, creative, and analytical approaches to problem solving.
  • Willingness to work on evenings and weekends.

  • Bachelor's degree (emphasis/major in education, technology, or other relevant field preferred)
  • A minimum of two years' experience in instructional technology and/or computer user support in a networked computing environment
  • Satisfactory clearance of background check

  • Advanced degree in education, instructional design, or other relevant field to the Sciences
  • Experience working in an educational environment

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