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Associate Director, Faculty Development

Columbia University School of Professional Studies
New York City, New York
Up to $95,000 per year + benefits
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Director, Assessment and Faculty Development, the Associate Director, Faculty Development will support the School of Professional Studies in improving the instructional effectiveness of its faculty. As a foundational member of the Faculty Assessment and Development team, the Associate Director will be charged with sustaining and improving pedagogical practices throughout SPS through developing and leading pedagogical workshops, regularly consulting with and observing faculty and leading core aspects of the Pedagogical Lab Initiative. This position will also work closely with the Associate Director of Faculty Assessment in utilizing multiple sources of data related to instructional effectiveness in order to design and deliver a framework for improving the instructional proficiencies of SPS faculty. The Associate Director of Faculty Development should have a strong understanding of best practices in instruction and should be proficient in disseminating key practices and principles that faculty can incorporate into their teaching. The Associate Director will need to be a strong collaborator and team player who prizes collegiality and can work effectively with a diverse staff and faculty body.


  • Lead the development of a comprehensive faculty development programming schedule and execute on programming in accordance with the schedule
  • Develop, design, and facilitate workshops covering essential topics related to teaching and learning; spearhead the development of new workshops as requested by academic programs
  • Organize extensive onboarding and orientation offerings for new faculty to acclimate them to the institutional context of SPS, and continually serve as a critical resource in supporting faculty in their roles as instructors
  • Lead efforts and create opportunities to build community among faculty across the school in support of advancing a culture of instructional excellence and belonging
  • Regularly consult with faculty at SPS on their instructional performance, including student learning outcomes, pedagogical approaches, and fostering inclusive learning environments  
  • Research, develop, and disseminate resources on evidence-based pedagogical ‘best practices' that can support faculty and programs at SPS; deliver these resources through bi-weekly teaching forums as well as monthly  teaching tips that are distributed to all faculty
  • Develop and curate an online faculty resource center that is easily accessible to all faculty
  • Conduct observations of faculty using preset protocols, and provide actionable feedback to faculty on those observations
  • Train faculty to conduct peer observations using an established methodology in order to increase the internal capacity to conduct observations, provide observing faculty with opportunities to demonstrate leadership in teaching and learning, and promote and foster a sense of community within programs
  • Partner with other units within Online Curriculum and Instruction  to grow and advance the professional development of faculty at SPS
  • Contribute to the field of teaching and learning in higher education through venues such as conference presentations and publications
  • Form meaningful and productive partnerships with established professionals in the teaching and learning space in order to develop symbiotic synergies as well as to capitalize on the expertise of staff throughout the university
  • Manage other projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 4 - 6 years of related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A resume and cover letter with salary requirements must be submitted to be considered for the position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree desirable
  • Previous experience working at a center for teaching and learning
  • Previous experience working with faculty at all levels of experience
  • Evidence of successful post-secondary teaching experience
  • Strong knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Close knowledge of emerging pedagogical issues and trends in higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders across multiple units within an institution/organization
  • Ability to work with faculty across disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to work under time pressure; must be comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Motivated, independent, and creative thinker
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills, and strong presentation skills
  • Experience delivering pedagogical programming in online and face-to-face environments

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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