The Director of Online Education will be an innovative leader
with the ability to think strategically and who will help develop
an online/distance learning strategy and vision for the University.
The ideal candidate will bring a proven track record of leadership,
partnership development, and growth as related to online learning
to support the expansion of Illinois State University's vision for
the future. The Director will provide strategic leadership to focus
on quality online courses and online program development and
delivery and will leverage significant expertise in educational
technology, online pedagogy, and operational implementation of
online academic programs. The Director will lead a newly created
unit focusing on Online Education housed in the Center for
Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The successful candidate will
work with other individuals and units on campus to promote and
support online teaching and learning at ISU within the equity,
diversity, and inclusion values articulated in our strategic plan,
Educate*Connect*Elevate. This position will report to the Assistant
Vice President for Faculty Development, Diversity, and Learning and
will be a full-time (12 month) staff position.
Specifically, this position will:
Online Program Development and Academic Program
- Identify market needs and opportunities for new online or
certificate programs at ISU.
- Work proactively with unit staff and academic programs to design
degrees, and develop, deliver, and assess engaging and
comprehensive online and blended courses and programs that ensure
alignment with the University's mission.
- Work with faculty and staff in various departments to integrate
online learning options across degree programs.
- Collaborate with the Office of the Provost on new and revised
program internal and external (IBHE and HLC) program approval
Quality Assurance/Assessment for online programs and
Faculty Support for Online Teaching
- Lead the development of criteria for quality online/distance
education at ISU.
- Develop processes and procedures to regularly assess the quality
of online/distance education programs and implement strategies for
improvement. Monitor performance data to evaluate and assess online
- Work with unit’s team to develop, implement, and evaluate faculty
professional development programming for teaching blended and
online courses, developing instructional materials, and
evidence-based online instructional methods.
- Work with unit’s team to assist faculty with the development of
teaching competencies, instructional technology utilization, and
assessment strategies required of high-quality online
Faculty Instructional Technology Support, Compliance, and
- Oversee faculty support and usage of ISU’s learning management
- Oversee and facilitate the utilization and integration of
emerging and relevant instruction and interactive learning
technology tools in face-to-face, hybrid and online instruction to
enhance student learning and engagement.
- Work closely with the Office of Advance Technology Support for
Faculty in responding and working towards the timely resolution of
technical issues relating to the delivery on online courses,
teaching with technology, and Learning Management Support.
- Work closely with the Assistant Vice President for Academic
Planning to coordinate distance education related compliance (e.g.,
IBHE and HLC) and reporting (e.g., NC-SARA) requirements, for new
and existing distance education programs.
- Ensure compliance with licensing, copyright laws and regulations,
and web accessibility.
- Remain abreast of research best practices and new interactive
technologies that will help increase student learning and
- Provide supervision for unit staff, including a team of
professional developers, multimedia developers, and instructional
- A master’s or equivalent degree from an accredited university,
preferably in educational technology, instructional design, online
teaching and learning, multimedia, or other related field.
- Five or more years of experience in an online learning field
including time in a strategic leadership or managerial role.
- Demonstrated success in a strategic leadership or managerial
role related to online learning, managing program development for
new online learning programs, and/or leading a division of similar
scope and/or scale in a complex, multi-stakeholder
- Demonstrated experience in developing and/or consulting related
to online learning and instructional technology solutions.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in creating high-quality
inclusive and equitable online student learning experiences,
including familiarity with the Quality Matters™ program.
- Clearly articulated knowledge of and ability to develop,
implement, and evaluate professional development programming for
faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants to support their
online course design and teaching skills.
- Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving
skills, including the ability to maintain collaborative and
- Experience with LMS usage and support.
- Awareness and adherence to policies and procedures (e.g.,
accreditation requirements, internal requirements, University
contractual requirements, reciprocity agreements, etc.).
Proposed Starting Date
- A doctoral degree from an accredited university, preferably in
educational technology, instructional design, online teaching and
learning, multimedia, or other related degree.
- Knowledge of distance education compliance issues and relevant
- Experience with specialized populations including recruitment,
enrollment, and compliance for international and adult learners and
students from historically under-represented groups.
June 2022; start date negotiable
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative