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Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) advances the university’s teaching and learning mission by providing orientation, training, mentorship, research, and innovation opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars at Western so they can create inclusive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate learning experiences for students. The CTL team works to foster and enhance best practices in teaching and learning at Western in partnership with the Faculties, Western Libraries, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western Technology Services, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Student Experience, and Western International. The CTL advocates for teaching excellence and research on teaching at Western, nationally, and internationally.
The CTL offers certificate programs, workshops, conferences, communities of practice, courses, consultations, facilitation of workshops and retreats, and online resources at the instructor, departmental, Faculty, and institutional-level. The Centre for Teaching and Learning is recognized nationally and internationally for its research-based practice, comprehensive teaching assistant and international graduate student programs, eLearning resources, extended teaching certificate programs, purple guide series (online guides on teaching and learning issues), and as the home of The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
The Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning provides strategic leadership in teaching and learning at Western. The Director ensures programs and supports are created to enhance student-centred approaches to teaching, learning, and curriculum at Western, and initiates and responds to novel opportunities in educational development locally, provincially, and nationally. For example, the Director provides leadership in the rapidly growing areas of eLearning, curriculum renewal, lifelong learning, EDI, and professional development for faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning contributes to an institutional culture that recognizes teaching as a critical component of the student experience. The Director represents the Centre on university-wide committees and groups, such as the Graduate Education Council and Senate sub-committees on Program Review, and also represents Western on provincial and national organizations such as the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or the Educational Developers’ Caucus.
- Ph.D. in relevant discipline (e.g. Education, Psychology)
- 5 years’ operational leadership experience in a Teaching and Learning Centre
- 2 years’ experience teaching at the university level
- 5 years’ experience in training and workshop design for diverse academic audiences
- Expertise and experience in curriculum and course design, academic program development, and assessment
- Experience conducting and publishing research on higher education, and familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- ISW Facilitator Certification
- FDW Trainer Certification
- Record of substantial achievement in educational development and leadership
- Record of current research and publications in the area of teaching and learning in higher education
- Record of successful grant writing applications
- Management and leadership skills, with the ability to motivate and create a positive work environment, develop a shared vision, and coach employees to excellence
- Demonstrated ability to lead change and innovation by creating a safe environment for creativity and innovation; implementing strategies to manage the scope and pace of change; and navigating uncertain environments
- Extensive knowledge of effective curriculum development and pedagogy in higher education
- Familiarity with the research literature in adult learning, teaching innovation, faculty development, and educational leadership
- Knowledge of the institutional quality assurance process and the Ontario quality assurance framework
- Knowledge of graduate student teaching and professional development, including current trends in graduate education
- Knowledge of inter-disciplinarity in teaching and learning and sensitivity to the unique needs of diverse disciplines in teaching and learning
- Ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching and learning
- Project management skills to champion a project from conception to completion, and to ensure that team roles are clear, milestones are communicated, and deadlines are met
- Ability to develop consensus, resolve conflict, establish credibility and build collegial relationships with key stakeholders across the institution by eliciting trust and fostering partnerships between and amongst diverse individuals and teams, including senior leaders and academics
- Familiarity with trends in technology-enhanced teaching and learning as well as online and blended learning
- Advanced strategic planning and organizational skills with a proven ability to build and manage a financial and business plan and budget
- Familiarity with the academic mission of the university and the goals of undergraduate and graduate education
- Ability to organize and effectively manage financial and human resources needed to achieve results
- Advanced judgment, analytical and problem-solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-661-2194.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.