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Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona
$65,000-$70,000 per year; DOE
Posted Date
Mar 3, 2023

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Instructional Designer

Arizona State University

School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

Are you an experienced Instructional Designer who exemplifies an innovative and inclusive mindset with a passion for removing barriers to teaching and learning, and a commitment to live by the ASU mission and Sun Devil service standards? Do you have an interest in the disciplines of Geography, Urban Planning, and Human Communication?


This is a unique opportunity for an experienced Instructional Designer to support two schools within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) and the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC). This Instructional Designer will report to and receive mentorship from the Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Learning Technology in The College Dean’s Office. While the successful candidate is not joining a team of Instructional Designers, their workspace will be alongside the Online and Digital Innovation team in the Dean’s Office, and they’ll join a larger community of Instructional Designers embedded in other schools both in The College and in other departments and colleges across ASU. 


This position will partner with faculty in the two schools to design new courses, improve existing courses, and provide faculty support in all modalities (online and immersion) by applying current best practices in teaching, learning, technology, and accessibility. 


On a day-to-day basis, this Instructional Designer will collaborate with program directors and faculty on improving existing courses, maintain a checklist of courses under revision, run course quality assurance based on the Quality Matters rubric and follow up with course leads, inform online and immersion learning practices with a partnership in the Dean’s office, and spearhead development of creative educational experiences which may include faculty professional development workshops, multimedia/social media experiences, micro-credentialing, accelerated program development, and supporting DEIJB, HSI, and accessibility initiatives.


Important note: This is a hybrid position at ASU Tempe campus. Hybrid work - minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Successful candidates will be expected to have an on-campus presence and attend in-person meetings as scheduled, but will have the opportunity to work remotely for a portion of the week after the first 60 days of employment. 


Salary Range

$65,000-$70,000 per year; DOE


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Essential Duties

  • In collaboration with faculty and/or other subject matter experts, designs and develops engaging, interactive and instructionally sound learning materials, including  assessments, in alignment with learning objectives and goals. 
  • Uses and recommends effective and creative uses of technology to enhance instruction including content  authoring tools, document creation applications, presentation tools and other  technology resources to develop custom products. 
  • Assists faculty with writing learning objectives, curating content in support of objectives, and designing engaging activities and assessments. Provides consultation on instructional alignment and teaching and learning best practices.   
  • Evaluates training needs, designs/redesigns training programs and supplemental materials, and implements training programs to meet evolving social and technological environments and school/college initiatives.  
  • Collaborates with others (e.g. technologists, peer IDs, school leadership, and Dean’s Office leadership) to support faculty and integrate contributions to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of course design and development models and processes.  
  • Assists with evaluation of courses for technology effectiveness, course quality, learning content, and assessments; implements recommended changes to improve teaching and learning.  
  • Provides faculty support: Canvas and learning tool troubleshooting, best practices in teaching and learning, and course design consultation. 
  • Develops and maintains resources such as tutorials, templates, design standards, content resources, templates, and tools for instructional development.  
  • Remains current on, evaluates, identifies, and communicates best practices, learning  theories, and instructional technologies, and incorporates these into course design recommendations.
  • Assumes or coordinates other duties or projects as assigned or directed.  


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field AND Three (3) years of providing learning/instructional design and/or technology development services. Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. 


Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in Ed Tech or a discipline related to subject areas in SGSUP or HDSHC.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of online course development best practices, instructional design processes for developing courses and programs, needs analysis, and problem-based methodology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning theory, Quality Matters, Bloom’s Taxonomy, ADDIE, UDL, and Accessibility.
  • Experience working with Canvas LMS; ability to troubleshoot Canvas and learning tool issues.
  • Experience in designing and building interactive Canvas pages, assignments and exams, as well as learning tool integrations such as Yellowdig, Playposit, and remote proctoring software. 
  • Conversant in video lecture recording best practices and experience using of media-related technologies.
  • Experience working with EdPlus (ASU Online) or similar online education organization.
  • Experience working in higher education in a faculty support capacity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic project management strategies and tools.
  • Evidence of effective communication.
  • Experience with HTML and the use of HTML editors.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with faculty, colleagues, and leadership.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design and pedagogical approaches, practices, and tools for diverse audiences/environments.
  • Experience in using a variety of industry-leading technologies and products for development of content, presentations, and tutorials.
  • Experience in troubleshooting technology issues on common platforms.
  • Experience in effective organization and time-management in an environment with multiple priorities and short deadlines.  


Working Environment

Because of the hybrid nature of this position, time will be split between a home office and Tempe campus. The main workstation on Tempe campus is in The College Dean’s Office in a shared space with a dedicated desk. However, because this position supports two schools, the successful candidate may need to walk across campus, carrying a laptop, to meetings and workstations at other buildings. Some workstations are private and some are shared. All workstations will have by-appointment or open-door visitation access (depending on candidate preference) for faculty who are in need of ID assistance. 


On-campus activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to  extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse 75  percent; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to  perform work 15 percent. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include or are subject to resolution of conflicts.  


Department Statement

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) is the administrative home for this position. Our staff team of 19 supports 35 tenure/tenure-track faculty, over 1000 undergraduate majors, and 200+ graduate students studying in one of five graduate degree programs (MA and PhD programs in Geography, a PhD in Urban Planning, a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and a Master of Advanced Studies in Geographical Information Systems(with more on the way).


More complete school and program information can be found at


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Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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