Instructional Designer

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Institute for Learning and Teaching supports faculty, students, and staff in their efforts to enhance learning and teaching within the Colorado State University community. The Institute works to achieve its mission by providing direct support to faculty and students in a number of specific programmatic areas and by supporting collaboration across programs within the divisions of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Enrollment and Access. Direct support for faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors is provided through programs that strengthen professional development in areas related to learning and teaching, scholarly inquiry into learning and teaching, course design and development, and the University’s instructional technology infrastructure. Direct support for students is provided through learning programs and communities; engagement in undergraduate research and artistry; preparation for graduate and professional schools; academic and co-curricular engagement with communities beyond the University; orientation, transitions, and retention; and effective use of learning technologies. To learn more about The Institute for Learning and Teaching, visit

Position Summary

This full-time Instructional Designer position will involve (1) working with faculty and staff to design and develop course curricula and instructional materials, as well as supporting the professional development of faculty and graduate teaching assistants through workshops and consultation. And (2) working closely with a research associate to improve undergraduate STEM education at Colorado State University (CSU), through collective learning and cultural change at the departmental and institutional levels. This multi-institution educational transformation project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (award #1626565). After the grant term ends, the person in this position will expand the grant initiative to social science and humanities education at CSU.

The successful candidate will possess an understanding of instructional theories and issues related to teaching and learning in traditional and blended courses, as well as experience facilitating discussions and group processes, as well as supporting organizational, cultural, or other relevant changes. The Instructional Designer will join a team that works collaboratively to support the teaching and learning mission of the University. Must be eligible to work in the US by proposed start date. TILT will not provide VISA sponsorship for this position.

Required Job Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Curriculum and Instruction, Organizational Psychology, Education or closely related field.
• Experience designing and developing course content using instructional design principles, learning theory, and instructional technology.
• Experience facilitating groups’ work toward projects and supporting groups in defining and achieving education-related goals.
• Experience leading diverse teams to defined productive outcomes.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• 5 or more years’ experience working with faculty and campus leaders to incorporate effective teaching strategies and student learning outcomes in residential, blended, and online learning environments.
• Additional relevant educational experience and credentials and/or research achievement.
• Experience collaborating with faculty on research initiatives.
• Familiarity with processes relevant to the development of course curricula, instructional materials, and assessment.
• Professional experience in educational research design and assessment.
• Experience using instructional tools and applications in a university setting to develop course content. These tools include, but are not limited to: learning management systems (e.g., Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, etc.) and presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Office Mix, Captivate, Camtasia, Articulate, etc.).
• Demonstrated experience working with instructors in a higher education environment.
• Excellent writing and strong interpersonal communication skills.
• Proven experience working in a collaborative context.
• Proven record of managing a productive work schedule including managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting deadlines.
• Experience developing instructional materials for learning management systems, preferably Canvas.
• Awareness of the importance of—and the ability to develop—accessible Web-based materials.
• Ability to advance the Institute’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
• Ability to bring diverse and new perspectives and approaches in Instructional Design.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Instructional Design Duty/Responsibility

Define, design, and implement projects that will improve undergraduate STEM education:

  • For the first three years, partner with Departmental Action Teams (DATs) in CSU departments and other faculty to support DATs in defining, designing, and implementing projects that will improve undergraduate STEM education (DAT grant ends May 31, 2019):
    —Effect departmental change through the implementation of group facilitation strategies.
    —Collaborate with DAT research associate to facilitate departmental DAT model sessions.
    —Support DATs in defining and achieving their goals (facilitating meetings, linking DATs with campus and national resources, encouraging positive group dynamics, etc.).
    —Help to establish the DAT process at CSU during the grant term.
    —Sustain the DAT process and extend it to non-STEM fields after the grant term.
    • Partner with departments and faculty to incorporate effective teaching strategies and student learning outcomes in residential and blended learning environments.
    • Consult with faculty to make recommendations of course design following accepted instructional design principles, learning theory and instructional technology for residential and blended learning environments.
    • Assist faculty in the design of residential and blended coursework/programs and instructional practices, development of learning resources and re-visioning of residential and blended courses.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Instructional Materials and Development Duty/Responsibility

Develop educational instructional tools and applications used in a collaborative, instructional setting to develop course content.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Faculty Professional Development Duty/Responsibility

Assist with the development and implementation of programs and workshops about teaching and learning in residential and blended learning environments.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Other Duties Duty/Responsibility

Other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.