Director Faculty Teaching Initiatives
Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Regular
Compensation Grade: Academic Administration
Compensation Grade Profile: Director Faculty Teaching Initiatives (26)
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 120 High Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Miscellaneous
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, the Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives will work with the Executive Director to strategically create and lead faculty development programs across the University. The Director will lead the implementation of high-impact, research-supported educational development activities and be responsible for advancing new initiatives, within the Center and within specific academic units, as requested. The Director will also research and develop curriculum for new and developing programming; attend faculty consultations and represent the Executive Director at Poorvu Center functions as needed. More generally, the Director will contribute to the advancement of the Poorvu Center mission, focusing on key tenets such as: developing student learning as it relates to teaching excellence, prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion, and building a culture of assessment at Yale.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director on strategic planning and cultivating partnerships on campus to identify needs, opportunities, and develop targeted programming.
- Identify and utilize best practices and resources available beyond Yale.
- Manage Faculty Teaching Initiatives team members, leveraging individuals’ capacities to meet evolving and present faculty needs.
- Manage teaching grant programs, learning communities, and other cohort-building experiences centered in the CTL.
- Work in partnership with others at the Poorvu Center through strategy development, in order to identify effective cross-support initiatives.
- Lead Faculty Teaching Initiatives programming, such as workshops and teaching development courses, and assign programming to FTI team, as individuals’ skills and abilities warrant.
- Create workshops, programs and other events that are themselves models of excellent teaching.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with faculty and Center staff through the design and implementation of consultations, institutes, workshops, and other programming informed by campus needs and educational research.
- Develop strategies that lead to initiation and maintenance of specific relationships with departments, schools, and communities across the University.
- Curate teaching and learning research and resources and customize all learning materials to subject area domains of faculty teaching across divisions and schools campus-wide.
- Maintain and develop a deep and current understanding of educational research, particularly as it relates to teaching and learning in university classrooms, and as it relates to inclusive excellence and education equity.
- Work with the Faculty Initiatives Team and other collaborators within and external to the Poorvu Center to address issues of teaching development and program assessment.
- Represent the Poorvu Center and University events as needed at meetings, campus visits, in relevant national networks and conferences, and other academic venues.
- Contribute to the field of faculty development through venues such as conference presentations, scholarship of teaching and learning, and other opportunities throughout the discipline of faculty development.
Required Education and Experience
- PhD or equivalent terminal degree and 6 years of experience teaching at the university level or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Faculty development leadership experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and instructors to promote teaching excellence through incorporation of evidence-based teaching methods. Demonstrated ability and willingness to gain a comprehensive understanding of the academic context, respecting and appreciating the boundaries and possibilities of teaching in a research-focused institution.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Demonstrated track record of working effectively across academic divisions, particularly with respect to translating education research for application by a highly-educated and diverse institutional population as well as commitment to addressing diversity issues in higher education; demonstrated skills for creating inclusive learning environments.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Demonstrated ability to provide superior teaching at the college level. Ability to display high degree of comfort speaking in front of varied audience types and a developed sense of self-awareness with areas of strengths and weaknesses, particularly as they relate to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a track record of fostering collaboration and lasting partnerships and cooperation through teamwork. Demonstrated ability to experiment with program development in order to meet the needs of different groups; ability to connect to a vision and carry out a concrete plan of action.
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Ability to take initiative and operate independently while maintaining professional maturity. Display a high degree of analytic ability and excellent writing skills.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Tenure track or other full-time university teaching experience. Experience in faculty development at a research institution. Curriculum, program development and/or course design experience; experience with approaches to assessment of student learning outcomes.
Weekend Hours Required?
Evening Hours Required?
Background Check Requirements
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