Sessional - Educational Development Consultant, Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning
The University of Calgary
Calgary, AB
Position Description

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning invites applications for a 6-month Sessional Appointment as an Educational Development Consultant. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019 with an end date of December 31, 2019.

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to better understanding and improving student learning, and the teaching approaches and practices that affect student learning. The Taylor Institute promotes the teaching development of instructors, high-impact student experiences such as inquiry-based and experiential learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Academic staff in the TI: (a) lead and/or contribute to educational development programs for graduate students, postdoctoral students, and instructors across career stages; (b) consult with individual faculty to strengthen teaching and learning approaches, and the scholarship of teaching and learning; (c) collaborate with faculty and academic units to support educational innovation and change; (d) provide leadership and guidance in the educational development activities of the EDU, TI, and other academic units; (e) and engaged in scholarship related to educational development and teaching and learning in postsecondary education.

This full-time sessional position requires 1) Educational Practice: Includes developing, leading and managing research-informed educational and curriculum development practices and programs, and other related activities, 2) Leadership and Service: Includes leadership and service activities associated with the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, the University of Calgary, and the broader educational development and academic community, and 3) Scholarship: Includes engaging in research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The successful candidate will also be expected to advance programs and scholarship activities related to the Taylor Institute's strategic plan and the University of Calgary's Academic Plan. This requires working closely with students, faculty, and staff to help develop and lead scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) programming and recommending best practices to the leadership team at the Taylor Institute.

An expectation of the role is the conducting of independent research; creating research papers or other scholarly publications; disseminating the results of research by means appropriate to a scholarly discipline; influencing research topics and allocating research grants; teaching and assessing faculty and graduate students; producing materials for educational development certificates, and, developing curriculum and leading educational development certificates.

This full time sessional position requires the teaching of the SoTL Foundations Program. This program teaches the scholarship of teaching and learning, or SoTL, for participants to seek to understand or improve student learning, and the teaching practices that facilitate that learning. Program participants will learn about scholarly, evidence-based approaches to student learning and to their own teaching and be prepared to support, collaborate on, and/or conduct SoTL projects.

The purpose of the position is to support and advocate for a culture which evolves towards being more involved in teaching and learning research through:

developing effective teaching and learning research supports (e.g., Teaching and learning research initiatives, programs, projects, materials, consultants, resources)
consulting with faculty, academic administrators, students, and the University community to identify priorities for local teaching and learning research initiatives
connecting to, expanding, and building new integrated networks of scholarly teaching practice and teaching and learning research across campusand nurturing new teaching and learning research leaders from within these networks
overseeing the Teaching and Learning Grants Program's academic content to support the growth and advancement of SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) at UCalgary (e.g., encourage principles of good practice in SoTL, promote timely themes and initiatives)
providing program management and administration of Teaching and Learning Grants program, including working alongside seconded academics from across the University.
leading an impact assessment of teaching and learning research at UCalgary (including but not limited to Grants projects)
mentoring teaching and learning research academics and postdoctoral scholars to nurture new voices in SoTL, raising profile of the Taylor Institute in the international SoTL community
Position Requirements

Completed doctoral degree
Enthusiastic about contributing to teaching, student learning, educational development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning
Demonstrated professional and scholarly expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning
Demonstrated experience in conducting independent research; a track record of presentations and publications
Experience in producing materials and providing curriculum direction on SoTL and educational development programming and courses
Proven excellence in teaching at a post-secondary level
Demonstrated history of ongoing professional development
Highly effective interpersonal skills
Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence
Knowledge and understanding of the strategic and administrative vision for the University of Calgary Teaching and Learning grants program

Interested applicants should electronically submit:
A cover letter specifying the candidate's demonstrated alignment with the position description and requirements
Updated CV including all previous courses taught for any post-secondary institution, and relevant academic and research experience
Application documents should be addressed to Dr. Natasha Kenny, Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application online via the `Apply Now' link.

Applications will be accepted until all vacancies are filled.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.