Educational Development Specialist
York University
Toronto, ON
The Faculty of Science strives to position itself at the forefront of pedagogical developments in science disciplines and to provide superior teaching and learning experiences in science at York University.

The Educational Development Specialist is a proactive, hands-on role crucial to the successful implementation of new curriculum and of initiatives designed to promote improvements in teaching and learning. Without restricting the generality of those goals, curricular initiatives may include both modifications and enhancements of existing programs as well as brand new programs and diverse pedagogical projects. These may be either responsive to the needs of faculty members or science students, or instigative. Accordingly, pedagogical initiatives will include a variety of undertakings that further evidence-based approaches in the Faculty of Science offerings.

The Educational Development Specialist will work closely with faculty and teaching assistants in science, to provide direction and support, and assist them in implementing strategies and approaches to enhance teaching practice. This position provides leadership in delivering all aspects of program development and program review including the effective use of technology and, ensuring that learning outcomes and pedagogical effectiveness are measured through robust evaluation.

Education:
PhD in one of the science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics).

Experience:
Minimum of 2 yearsÂ’ experience conducting discipline-based science education research in a post-secondary environment. Some experience teaching science curriculum in a post-secondary environment.

Skills:
Excellent knowledge of current theories and practices in education, particularly with respect to post-secondary teaching and learning in science (e.g. small groups, team- based learning, blended and online learning, experiential education, application of cognitive science). Ability to design, create and deliver innovative pedagogy spanning the foundational science disciplines. Excellent analytical reasoning, problem solving, time management, planning, project management, coordination, administrative, and organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills with academic and professional writing experience. Experience writing and/or evaluating program and course learning outcomes, and with approaches to quality enhancement. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and collaborate on cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams, multi-task, establish priorities, and meet deadlines with minimal direction. Strong computer skills, particularly as related to technologies for educational purposes, including working knowledge of learning management systems (Moodle preferred).

Recruitment Checks:
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.