Job - Senior Coordinator of Departmental Practices in STEM Undergraduate Educationpublished May 14, 2021 2:42pm
Senior Coordinator of Departmental Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education
The University of Georgia (UGA) DeLTA Project (https://seercenter.uga.edu/research/current-projects/delta-project/) and Center for Teaching and Learning (https://ctl.uga.edu) are accepting applications for a Senior Coordinator of Departmental Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education. The Senior Coordinator will develop responsive resources to support new policies and practices related to the formative and summative evaluation of teaching at the department level. The incumbent will provide consultation, training, and support of departmental initiatives related to: evaluating teaching in ways that align with national models and new teaching evaluation policy at UGA; teaching in equitable and just ways and creating inclusive classroom climates in undergraduate STEM courses and majors; closing the assessment loop on evaluation of teaching data collected by individual instructors via continuous improvement practices. This position will help departments pilot and fully implement new resources that meet DeLTA's core commitments and build collaborations among STEM departments and between the Center for Teaching and Learning and STEM departments.
This is a limited term position. This position is currently a two-year position but may continue depending on available funding.
Position qualifications include a PhD in education, discipline-based education research, a related discipline, or in a STEM discipline with discipline-based education research experience. Additional preferred qualifications include one year of experience with faculty development; one year of experience with the development and implementation of educational materials, including online tools; and one year of experience with writing, communication, and teamwork across disciplines. Candidates should also have knowledge of literature on institutional change, teaching evaluation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as knowledge of discipline-based education research within one of the STEM disciplines.
The incumbent will be responsible to:
- Create resources needed by departments to support undergraduate education. Resources could include peer observation protocols, guides for instructor self-reflection, templates for feedback on teaching from peer observers, templates for annual review of teaching or review of teaching for promotion and tenure, guides for creating equitable and just lessons and classroom climates, guides for collecting data on student learning and closing the feedback loop, etc.
- Design and offer workshops for STEM departments that address the core commitments and components related to the core commitments. Workshops could include training for peer observers, how to offer feedback after peer observation, how to create equitable classroom climates, using data on student learning to inform teaching, using assessment data across sections of the same course.
- Meet with department heads, faculty, and committees to assess where they are in their adoption of the core commitments and determine the resources needed (e.g., tools, resources, workshops, etc.). Meet with the DeLTA PI team weekly to understand the project goals, processes, and progress of each. Provide periodic updates on programs and services implemented and offer critical feedback and insight.
- Contribute to the CTL's Teaching & Learning Team by extending the work designed for STEM departments to apply across campus. Participate in weekly CTL team meetings and consult with the Associate Director for Teaching and Learning on project progress and efforts. Under the guidance of the Associate Director for Teaching and Learning and DeLTA project PI, develop and execute plans and protocols aimed at the continued expansion of the uptake of the DeLTA core commitments. Innovatively and strategically connect the work of DeLTA and CTL (and by extension the University Office of Instruction). Engage in professional development based on the successful candidate's individual development plan.
The complete job posting can be found at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/193350.
Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter. Applicants will also be prompted to enter contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be placed on applications received by May 27, 2021.
For questions, contact DeLTA Principal Investigator, Paula Lemons, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about UGA, CTL, and DeLTA
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) (https://ctl.uga.edu) seeks to provide support and leadership to foster an institutional climate that reinforces excellence in teaching and learning across the University of Georgia. The CTL partners with faculty, graduate students, staff, and administrators to promote evidence-based teaching and learning practices, sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching, encourage critical reflection on teaching practices, and create learning environments in which all students and instructors can excel.
The UGA DeLTA project (https://seercenter.uga.edu/research/current-projects/delta-project/) is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The aim of DeLTA is to transform UGA STEM undergraduate education by rethinking and reexamining assumptions, practices, and culture that shape undergraduate teaching and learning; adopting new goals that surmount persistent problems in education; and meeting those goals through new policies, practices, and ways of thinking. DeLTA is achieving this aim through work at the course, department, and university level.
The UGA DeLTA project is supported by Owens Institute for Behavior Research (OIBR). OIBR stimulates, supports, and sustains innovation and infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our impact lies in the fact that we catalyze high-impact multi-disciplinary research. The mission of OIBR addresses the world's most pressing health, economic, social, educational, and policy challenges through the facilitation and promotion of social and behavioral science research.