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Director, Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning

Delta State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 8, 2023

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Delta State University

Director, Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning

Position Type: Administrative

Department: Center for Teaching and Learning

Posting Number: 201201392

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Tenure/Non-Tenure: Non-Tenure Track

Salary Basis: 12 month

Position Overview:Delta State University, a regional comprehensive university serving the Mississippi Delta and beyond, is searching for the next director of the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning. The Ford Center, a key resource in developing and sustaining excellence within the community of 154 full-time and 127 part-time faculty, seeks an entrepreneurial leader who is committed to affecting success within the highly diverse student community by strengthening the members of the Delta State academy. With a total student enrollment of approximately 2,400 students, the Director will have the opportunity to interact with, and mentor students within the University. The Director is a full-time, 12-month position funded through an endowment from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation. The Director serves as a valued member of Academic Council, the Academic Affairs governing body within the University shared governance structure, reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is supported by an advisory committee.
  • Bridges the needs of faculty in their quest to improve learning outcomes for Delta State students and develops and delivers programs in support of teaching excellence, while serving as a guide in the ever-changing landscape of higher education best practices;
  • Works collaboratively with faculty, department chairs, staff, and administrators to increase professional development opportunities and improve teaching and leadership to increase academic student success;
  • Enhances teaching through educating faculty about pedagogical research, providing tools for self-assessment, and encouraging adoption of best-practices for both in-person and online modalities;
  • Leads/manages overall day-to-day functions of the Center and the Center's strategic planning efforts;
  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and supervises a variety of workshops for large groups, small groups, and individual professional development opportunities for faculty;
  • Establishes a centralized digital repository of teaching resources and oversees the distribution of these resources to support the development of the instructional community;
  • Stays abreast of literature on teaching and learning and networks with national groups and individuals;
  • Promotes a campus culture that values and recognizes the importance of teaching excellence and student learning;
  • Works with various entities to identify grant opportunities and develop proposals to support endeavors of the Center; and,
  • Performs additional duties as assigned related to academic success.

  • Track record of successful team building with measurable results in increasing faculty engagement, success in course delivery in both in-person and online modalities, and the capability to support Delta State’s ability to attract and retain talented faculty;
  • Terminal degree in a discipline served by the University and significant experience to be considered for faculty rank within an appropriate Delta State college/school;
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with Delta State colleagues across colleges/schools and to serve as a mentor to other faculty members;
  • Prior experience in support of a center for faculty teaching and learning, including demonstrated expertise in curriculum development, delivery, assessment, and continuous improvement;
  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; with Canvas and Banner experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated record of:
    • Strong leadership, interpersonal and oral/written communication skills with ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a changing, evolving department;
    • Integrity and commitment to developing and maintaining the highest academic standards and working with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff;
    • Plan and budget time wisely, be detail-oriented and motivated to take initiative; and

  • Must be a United States citizen or have legal authorization to work in the United States.
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12 monthCommensurate with experience, qualifications, and university’s resources.

Minimum Qualifications:
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Preferred Qualifications:
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, please provide a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcript and a list of five professional references by Monday, April 18, 2023.

If you would like to add a letter(s) of recommendation please upload them with your application under optional documents. You may also have them emailed to Once letter(s) are received we will add them to your application materials.

Additional Information:
For additional information, please contact Dr. Christy Riddle, Search Committee Chair, at

Open Date: 03/07/2023

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Click Here

Delta State University is committed to a policy of equal employment and educational opportunity. Delta State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University. jeid-5d3374657f9c8749a5af33ff74f8f0bd

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