Job Description Summary:
The Director of Academic and Instructional Innovation oversees
instructional design improvement and innovation in the online,
hybrid/blended, and on-site/face to face educational environments
across all SMU campuses. The Director plays a major role in the
design, implementation, and continuous improvement of online and
hybrid offerings. The Director facilitates effective use of
pedagogy and technology for teaching and learning through
collaborative curricular innovation initiatives, support for best
practices in instructional design, faculty/staff training and
support, and maintenance of the quality, reliability, and
consistency of the departmental services. The incumbent in this job
is expected to contribute to the University’s efforts to achieve
Duties and Responsibilities:
Job Duties and Accountabilities:
Other duties may be assigned. All duties below constitute
essential job functions for ADA purposes.
Supervision and management:
- Direct reports include SMU instructional designers,
technologists, specialists, and staff that support and coordinate
the services of A&II
- Personnel recruitment and hiring, annual performance reviews,
and disciplinary processes as required.
- Budget planning, management, and reporting.
- Management of academic technology contracts and partnerships
under A&II purview
- Administrative oversight and advocacy of all projects that
A&II staff are engaged in; oversee negotiation of projects
requested by A&II stakeholders (faculty, academic leaders
- Implement strategies relevant to A&II to ensure SMU
compliance with digital accessibility mandates and
- Accountable for A&II service outcomes and continuous
- Oversee the implementation and continual reassessment of the
department’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
- In collaboration with university leaders, develop protocol and
policies for the institution that governs the use of teaching and
learning applications in the multiple modalities.
- Serve as ex officio member of the Academic Leadership Team,
Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and the Information Technology
Advisory Group (ITAG).
- Serve as institutional liaison for online/hybrid learning
expertise, particularly to WSCUC and all professional specialty
accreditation agencies for SMU’s academic programs
- Serve as the A&II liaison to the Academic Division’s
Strategic Growth Initiative, ensuring the integration of
instructional designer services in the curriculum development of
new academic programs and enhancement of legacy programs;
participate in Strategy Deployment sessions as required
- Serve as a principal advisor to the Director of the Center for
Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) for CIEL’s
professional development offerings and strategic growth
- Oversee relevant SMU internet and intranet sites.
- Ensure institutional adherence to national standards for online
- Advocacy for A&II’s active involvement in institutional
initiatives supporting student success.
- Facilitate educational research collaborations between A&II
staff and faculty/staff across the Academic Division.
- Apply TeamSTEPPS® tools and strategies to foster a motivated
and collaborative team culture.
- Coordinate the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of CIEL’s professional development offerings from
A&II and other university entities as appropriate
- Facilitate collaboration among groups (both internal and
external to SMU) with the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of CIEL offerings.
- In collaboration with academic program administrators oversee
both the student orientations and faculty orientations to online
learning and online program matriculation.
Skills and Abilities:
- Assume a lead facilitation role in the selection and deployment
of emerging technologies to enhance all learning environments.
- Work closely with Information Technology Services on upgrades
of existing academic technologies and transitions to new tool
- Collaborate with library and IT in development, implementation,
and enforcement of policies and procedures regarding database
access, copyright, and license compliance.
- Make recommendations for policies and processes related to
digital accessibility as requested by the AVP/Provost.
- Participate in efforts to garner external funding for CIEL
infrastructure and initiatives.
Education and/or Experience
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills in:
- online, hybrid/blended, and on-site/face to face modalities of
teaching and learning.
- instructional design theories and practices
- integrating technology into the teaching/learning process
- design, development, delivery, and evaluation of professional
development activities related to instructional design
- incorporating interactive multimedia to enhance teaching and
- Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise multiple, complex
projects and operations within established timelines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong presentation skills.
Physical Requirements: Not applicable if not
- Required: a graduate degree in area related to education,
technology, leadership, or administration. Graduate degrees in
other fields considered on case-by-case basis.
- Strongly recommended: A doctoral degree in an education
- Required: experience in instructional design and/or technology
in higher education and a minimum of five-years of experience in
higher education leadership/management
United States of America (Exempt)