Deputy Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Open Date November 23, 2021
Close Date February 15, 2022

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is looking to appoint a tenured UBC Vancouver faculty member as Deputy Academic Director. The position is part of CTLT's senior management team and will provide additional strategic academic leadership to the expanding range of key projects and activities supporting teaching and learning at UBC. This appointment is for a three-year term, starting July 1, 2022, with the possibility of renewal.

The CTLT is a centrally-positioned unit providing leadership, academic services and support to the UBC Vancouver community in areas such as teaching and learning scholarship, course and curriculum development, learning design, learning technology support and development, and teaching practice development. The CTLT has 76 full-time staff and 10 part-time staff, with approximately 20 per cent embedded within Faculties or other units on campus.

This opportunity comes at an important time for the CTLT and the broader university context, as we have recently experienced significant shifts in teaching and learning during the pandemic, and are now beginning to envision and implement what the future of teaching and learning at the institution could and should be like. The CTLT's current priority areas include:

  • Supporting the goals and actions of the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan, such as through programing by the Indigenous Initiatives team and through support of the new Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Fund projects.
  • Supporting the goals and actions of the UBC Inclusion Action Plan, in partnership with the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office, such as through the Programming for Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning, development and delivery of inclusive teaching workshops, and of resources on the Inclusive Teaching at UBC website.
  • Facilitating the new Students as Partners in Course Design program, in which faculty work in partnership with undergraduate students to redesign an undergraduate UBCV course.
  • Continue developing and growing a community of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning practitioners at UBC, through a new membership program in the UBC Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL) and expanding ISoTL's current services and programming.
  • Facilitate the development of evolving technology-related skills for students, such as through supporting high performance computing environments for courses and learning analytics hackathons.
  • Continue to develop the ability for students, faculty, staff, programs, and the university to be able to use learning data effectively to support student learning.
  • Contribute to implementing emerging recommendations from the Teaching and Learning Beyond Covid working groups.

As we embark on this search for the CTLT's new Deputy Academic Director, we are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching and learning. We seek applications from those who have particular interest in one or more of the service areas or priority areas listed above, and/or other topics related to teaching and learning at UBC. Please also note the CTLT's values, which guide all of our work.

Further, we are looking for a faculty member who can demonstrate evidence of:

  • Excellence in teaching and learning: effective enhancements to student learning and experience in one's own teaching contexts;
  • Educational impact: demonstrated experience leading educational innovation or change initiatives at the department, program, faculty, or discipline level;
  • Commitment to Indigenous engagement and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI): demonstrated commitments and actions towards supporting decolonization, reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion within or beyond the institution;
  • Relationship building: ability to develop and maintain relationships across multiple units, roles, and communities to facilitate collaboration and partnerships in support of teaching and learning projects and initiatives;
  • Excellent communication: strong writing and presentation abilities, and the ability to engage with diverse audiences from across the UBC community, including university leadership;
  • Navigating complexity: the ability to communicate and collaborate through complex projects and conversations, to work through conflicts and towards consensus, to be adaptable to evolving environments and changes in direction when needed;
  • Organizational fluency: an understanding of broader institutional structure and governance, with experience developing effective relationships with faculty and staff across different levels of the institution.

The Deputy Academic Director will work in close collaboration with, and report to, Academic Director Dr. Christina Hendricks, and will play a key role in the CTLT senior management team. The role will direct project-related activities in line with key institutional and unit priorities (line management of staff is not part of the role). Projects may involve collaboration with faculty, staff and students from key partner units and faculties across campus.

The role of Deputy Academic Director is a three-year secondment opportunity beginning on July 1, 2022, with the possibility of renewal. It is anticipated to be between a 50-70% secondment, with exact proportions to be decided in consultation with the successful applicant and their home department. The successful candidate will continue their appointment within their home department for the duration of the secondment.

This opportunity is open to all tenured faculty members with an appointment at UBC Vancouver and relevant experience and expertise. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae as well as a statement of interest (cover letter) for the position. Applicants should outline one or more of the capacities and achievements in the bulleted list above (maximum four pages single-spaced), and the names and contact details of three referees by February 15, 2022 to:

Dr. Christina Hendricks, Academic Director, CTLT
c/o Catherine Aldana, CTLT
Email: Catherine.Aldana@ubc.ca

Interested parties are encouraged to contact us for any enquiries they may have.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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