Academic Technology Specialist

California, United States
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Within the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, the Academic Technology Specialist for Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) works to support and integrate technology into the teaching and learning activities in SIS programs.  Stanford Introductory Studies is seeking an Academic Technology Specialist who can facilitate the integration of appropriate technology to meet the pedagogical needs of instructors and students. . The Academic Technology Specialist will evaluate the effectiveness of current uses of learning technologies and assist in advancing their incorporation into the classroom and assignment design.  

The ATS will provide support to the following SIS programs:

  • The Introductory Seminars program offers 230+ seminars for first- and second-year students each year.
  • Sophomore College offers ~20 intensive seminar courses each year for returning sophomores during the first three weeks of September.
  • Thinking Matters, 20+ required first-year courses that develop critical thinking and other transferable academic and personal skills as a foundation for liberal education at Stanford, including the Education for Self-Fashioning program.
  • Arts Intensive offers students the unique opportunity to explore their creativity in small courses outside of the pressures of the regular academic year.  The courses take place during the first three weeks of September.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Evaluate the multimedia, online, and educational technology needs for instructors and/or students, and provide or coordinate solutions.
  • Provide assistance in the direct integration of appropriate academic technology into course curricula, assignment design, extra-curricular or co-curricular learning.
  • Develop relationships with service providers, particularly the learning management system team (Canvas), to advocate needs and obtain resources for faculty and students.
  • Participate in the development of resources, seminars, courses, or workshops to disseminate information about uses of technology for academic staff, faculty, and students.
  • Recommend purchase and use of software, hardware, and multimedia equipment; manage distribution of tech equipment to SIS instructors. Maintain an inventory of departmentally shared equipment. 
  • Assess training needs; develop and deliver workshops and user-friendly documentation, especially in supervising tech coordinators for Thinking Matters courses.
  • Participate in or lead projects to develop innovative uses of technology for student learning, and/or community building.
  • Engage in initiatives to encourage faculty and/or students to adopt the use of appropriate computer technologies in their teaching, learning, co-curricular activities, or research, especially through program websites.
  • Stay informed about academic educational technology developments through lists, publications, and conferences.

* Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this position:

If you enjoy working with and supporting educators and students with their academic technological needs, this position may be for you! You will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus two years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Current knowledge of academic technology related to teaching and learning and a willingness to learn and teach new technologies.
  • Ability to plan, design, develop, and evaluate engaging multimedia learning/training objects.
  • Experience working with instructors and/or students on instructional and assignment design, and best practices for the classroom.  

*-Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms.  Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world.  Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven individuals to impact the future of our legacy.  Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow.  We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or course auditing opportunities. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture.  We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you.  Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities.  We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun.  Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources.  Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

If you’re ready to work for an organization that nurtures diversity, respect, professional development and a comfortable work-life fit, we invite you to explore this opportunity and apply online. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.  Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background and experience with academic technology.