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Instructional Teaching and Learning Specialist

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Since its founding in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been a birthplace of innovation. It has globally top ranked programs in engineering, computer science and information and communication technology as well as a rich history of entrepreneurship. CMU is dedicated to producing creative and technically strong engineers that have meaningful impact in their communities and accelerate positive technological change in the world.

In 2011, CMU extended its global footprint into Africa as Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda based in Rwanda’s Kigali Innovation City. In a region booming with opportunities, CMU is the only U.S.-based research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff, and operations in Africa. The Africa location is fast-growing, with over 300 enrolled students from more than 20 African countries. You can read more about CMU-Africa's vision and mission on our website. CMU’s presence in Rwanda provides a platform to engage in Africa’s most significant opportunities and challenges across the continent through world-class education and contextually relevant research and innovation. CMU-Africa enjoys strong collaboration and exchange with the main campus in Pittsburgh, USA. A key CMU-Africa activity is the Center for Inclusive Digital Transformation of Africa (CIDTA), a multi-year pan-African partnership in higher education and innovation to catalyze opportunities for 10,000 young people to engage with emerging technologies and lead the digital transformation of the continent. The Center works through the Afretec network of African university partners to create impact across the continent in teaching and learning, knowledge creation, and entrepreneurship.

As CMU-Africa’s Instructional Teaching and Learning Specialist, you will collaborate with cross- institutional teams to co-create innovative and transformative programs and interventions that will impact thousands of teaching and research faculty across Africa. You will develop and support evidence-based teaching strategies, best practice learning pedagogy and andragogy, course design as well as other aspects relating to the enhancement of teaching and learning practice. While specific responsibilities will vary, they will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Partnering with colleagues at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at the CMU main campus in Pittsburgh in adapting and implementing evidence-based teaching strategies that support faculty and teaching assistants at CMU- Africa.

  • Collaborating with the CMU-Africa Director of Academics to develop and facilitate periodic workshops, seminars, events, learning communities, and web resources for the improvement of teaching and dissemination of research-based teaching strategies.

  • Leading the Teaching and Learning pillar in the Center for Inclusive Digital Transformation of Africa to partner with faculty and peers across the Afretec network in developing best practices for teaching and learning, faculty development, and engagement in broader teaching and learning activities that support the digital transformation of Africa.

  • Developing rapport and collaborating effectively with member institutions, faculty, and CMU main campus to ensure that teaching and learning events are held successfully.

  • Supporting instructors and faculty through creating communities of learning practice and facilitating or expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary programs.

  • Partnering with the CIDTA Director and Associate Director of Impact to develop monitoring and evaluation tools and impact reports to collect data and report on teaching and learning activities for CMU-Africa and the Afretec Network, highlighting successes and learnings for future work plans.

  • Pursuing professional development opportunities to enhance skills in teaching & learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership, and communication.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • A master’s degree in education, instructional design, or related field.

  • 5+ years of experience working for a higher education institution specializing in teaching and learning support, enhancement and/or enablement. Preferred working with STEM faculty to enhance engineering and/or technology instructional design and delivery.

  • Fluency in both spoken and written English and French a plus

  • Excellent analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative.

  • The ability to persuade, negotiate, mediate, create agreement among groups with differing interests, and create focus out of ambiguity are essential skills.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster a positive and collaborative work culture.

  • Strong project management skills to ensure successful network management.

  • Ability to think creatively.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Superior computer and database management skills. Including, advanced knowledge Microsoft Office Suite and other computer-related concepts. Possess substantial experience with email, word processing, spreadsheet, databases, and presentation software.

  • Demonstrate the highest level of integrity while promoting Afretec and CMU’s mission and values.

  • Ability to make sound decisions and clearly communicate results.

  • Flexibility to travel across the continent and between Kigali and the USA.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?!


Kigali, Rwanda

Job Function

Eberly Center

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis

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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran .

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Carnegie Mellon Univesity

Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. Start the journey here.

Over the past 10 years, more than 400 startups linked to CMU have raised more than $7 billion in follow-on funding. Those investment numbers are especially high because of the sheer size of Pittsburgh’s growing autonomous vehicles cluster – including Uber, Aurora, Waymo and Motional – all of which are here because of their strong ties to CMU.

With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative startups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we create it. 

Many seek Pittsburgh for being a hot spot for entrepreneurship and a model for future cities. Others come for the city's burgeoning food scene.

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