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Assistant Director-STEM Specialist

Clemson University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jan 24, 2022

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Clemson University

Job ID:106349

Location:Clemson University

Full/Part Time:Full-Time



Clemson University seeks an Assistant DirectorSTEM specialist to join the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI), a teaching center that supports all instructors, departments, colleges, and Clemson University as a whole. OTEI envisions a focus on creating teaching excellence that positively influences student outcomes and works to support the Clemson University mission and strategic plan, ClemsonFORWARD, focused on Research, Engagement, Academic Core, and Living Environment. A newly growing unit, OTEI is housed in the Watt Family Innovation Center. We are a highly collaborative unit, valuing personal and professional growth as individuals and as a team, and we operate as a research-based learning community. We value a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and skill sets, believing that a diverse teaching center is more creative, inclusive, and representative of our entire body of instructors.

This position engages in a broad range of activities integral to OTEI and Clemson's mission; we aim to provide individual instructors, departments, and colleges with training and resources needed to create new courses, implement effective pedagogical approaches, and use evidence-based teaching strategies. To this end, the Assistant Director should be able to address and lead multiple projects, delivering programs and services with consistent infusion of equity and inclusive teaching practices, with a focus on research and the needs of STEM faculty. A particular focus for this position is to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in these areas, broadly defined to include all curriculum with quantitative aspects (for example, Food Packaging or Psychology). Many of these courses will include "large lecture" courses, so support for appropriate pedagogies for those courses is important, as is knowledge of the lab setting. This position could collaborate with multiple units across campus, in particular the Engineering and Science Education department and Undergraduate Studies. As with all OTEI staffing positions, this position supports instructors and departments in multiple waysthrough individual consultation, workshops, institutes, and extended programs. Bringing faculty together in community and broadening understanding of pedagogies that support student learning in STEM courses is key.

This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with an integrated, dynamic team, to support instructors at all levels / disciplines to attain teaching effectiveness and innovation in teaching. All our work is research-based, aimed at teaching in multiple modalities. We are seeking individuals who are self-motivated, team-oriented, organized, and creative, who can contribute unique perspectives, knowledge, and skills to the signature projects of OTEI and develop new growth areas.

Educational requirements:
  • Minimum 2 years' experience teaching in higher education
  • Doctoral or MFA degree with anticipated completion no later than April 2022 (from an accredited university). STEM background (broadly defined) is preferred.
  • At least one year of experience with educational development in higher education or alternatively, experience leading professional development, curricular projects, instructional design, or similar initiatives.
  • Familiarity with the literature on how to learn, with comprehension of the pedagogical choices available in multiple class settings.

Other relevant experience is welcome
  • Variety of experience in university teaching, including teaching assistant, lab instructor, teacher of record, adjunct, and/or full-time instructional position. K-12 teaching experience also considered in addition.
  • Experience with assessment work, committee work, student support, student advising, accessibility work.
  • Educational research / human subjects research experience and/or training; work with quantitative data and / or qualitative data whether in or out of higher education.
  • Experience with technology, social media or other forms of digital work.
  • Other experiences with community work outside of higher education

Relevant skills

Ability to communicate effectively across a range of stakeholders, in different disciplines and in different administrative positions.
Ability to set goals and achieve outcomes in a timely fashion with little oversight.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Ability to work some of the time in an open office.
Excellent written, oral, and visual communication skills.
Ability to work in digital settings (such as online platforms, collaborative software, digital media)


30% - Essential - Partners with instructors, in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as production colleagues, development teams, content experts, and academic leadership as needed. Research, brainstorm, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative and pedagogically sound solutions for addressing instructional challenges. Guides faculty members in the analysis, design, and development of effective courses and instructional programs. Builds positive, collaborative working relationships with staff and faculty members across the organizations. Encourages a collaborative and team-oriented approach to brainstorming, exploration and problem solving for instructional projects. Consults with university faculty on needs assessment, course re/design, instructional delivery, and implementation of procedures to assess effectiveness of the teaching and learning process.

25% - Essential - Manage grant-writing and, if awarded, grant projects for OTEI and its partners. Continue collaboration with the Engineering and Science Education (ESED) department to investigate action research applicable for STEM professional development and discipline-based education research. This includes formal evaluation of OTEI programs with a focus on short-, mid-, and long-term goals.

20% - Essential - With the director, and in line with OTEI's strategic plan, develop and implement research-based, interactive sessions (workshops, seminars, and institute sessions) on instructional practices, session and course design, assignment creation, formative, summative, and authentic assessments of student learning. Creation of sessions useful across disciplines with a focus on digital pedagogy, hybrid teaching models, and general online best practices. All sessions include advertising, social media, web resources, and evaluation components. Attention to discipline-specific examples.

15% - Essential - Consult as needed with graduate assistants and faculty (particularly in STEM-focused colleges/departments). Conduct student group evaluations for formative feedback. Work with student groups to support student-teacher partnerships on teaching and learning issues.

10% - Essential - Ongoing work such as research and teaching-related opportunities in the employee's "home" discipline and in teaching research generally, particularly as adding to OTEI resources.


Master's degree in education or related field and experience in curriculum management/development or related area.


Education - Doctoral / Professional Degree

Experience - Beyond 2 year; Variety of experience in university teaching, including teaching assistant, lab instructor, teacher of record, adjunct, and/or full-time instructional position. K-12 teaching experience also considered in addition.


Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Supervises Student Workers only - Supervises Student workers only

No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.


Education - Doctoral / Professional Degree

Experience - Beyond 2 year; Variety of experience in university teaching, including teaching assistant, lab instructor, teacher of record, adjunct, and/or full-time instructional position. K-12 teaching experience also considered in addition.


No Work Conditions


Standard Hrs: 37.5; Expected Salary Range ($ 55,900.00 - $ 74,473.00)


Clemson, SC


February 21, 2022


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


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