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Instructional Designer (17263)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Faculty Affairs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus)
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Instructional Designer supports the pedagogy initiative for the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL). This position aligns with CTRL’s mission of inspiring, mentoring, and celebrating faculty by facilitating the innovative and evidence-based approaches in teaching, research & learning. Responsibilities include providing one-on-one consultations and workshops and researching and promoting emerging pedagogical innovations. This position is responsible for conducting one-on-one consultations and group trainings for AU faculty (tenure-line, term, and adjunct). In addition, the position serves, as appropriate, as a liaison to other university offices at AU, and to build working relationships with educational leaders in relevant fields at relevant professional organizations at other colleges and universities. This position will work directly with key CTRL staff members, the Provost’s Office, and relevant staff and faculty advisors.

Essential Functions
  1. Provide one-on-one and group consultations with faculty, develop and hold workshops to assist faculty in all aspects of teaching including, but not limited to, syllabus development, aligning learning outcomes with assessments, and incorporating innovative and evidence-based pedagogies.
  2. Collaborates with AU faculty members to design and carryout faculty-driven projects related to teaching, research & learning.
  3. Promotes inclusive pedagogy and universal design in learning in teaching, research & learning.
  4. Creates, manages, evaluates, or participates in additional projects and/or initiatives enhancing use of emerging trends in teaching, research & learning.
  5. Collaborates with staff in CTRL in the design, development, and implementation of training initiatives, events, and programs related to teaching, research & learning.
  6. Researches, learns to use, and creates recommendations on emergent educational technologies, online learning trends and innovative pedagogical practices related to teaching, research & learning. Explores and pursues opportunities for external funding for initiatives within the position’s portfolio.
  7. Conducts evaluation of initiatives in which the position has played a lead role.
  8. Supports the recruitment, hiring, scheduling and performance evaluation of 2–5 part time student consultants.
  9. Other duties as assigned

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full time
  • Project Leader/Advisor B
  • Exempt
  • This is a union-eligible position. The union-eligibility of individual position incumbents will be determined based on the incumbent’s employer of record.

Required Education and Experience
  • Master's degree
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Education and Experience
  • PhD
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • 2+ years working across disciplinary boundaries in instructional design or faculty development settings (such as in a teaching and learning center)
  • Strong understanding of, and familiarity with, the science of learning and evidence-based educational practices, including inclusive pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning frameworks.
  • Excellent project management, organizational, interpersonal, and oral/written English skills
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems and other teaching technologies.
  • Desire to maintain professional competence and continued skill development through participation in appropriate conferences and professional development opportunities.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.

  • Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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