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Director, Office of Faculty Development, WMUx

WMUx seeks an experienced instructor and innovative faculty leader to serve as the Director of the Office of Faculty Development (OFD). As we continue to collaboratively imagine, design, and create the future of learning at WMU, we are investing in OFD in multiple ways, including making the director a full-time faculty assigned position.

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The director will report directly to the associate provost of WMUx, and will advise both the associate provost and the provost on a range of issues related to the support and development of all instructors across campus, including faculty, part-time instructors, and graduate instructors. The director will be responsible for a comprehensive array of programs and services for faculty, consistent with the current research and scholarship of teaching and learning, and the needs of all instructors at the institution. As part of the WMUx team, the director will also work to advance a culture that seeks to collaboratively imagine, design, and realize ideas that transform and enhance the learning experience.

The director will act as the primary decision-making authority for OFD, and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the OFD, including planning workshops and other events, setting budget priorities and allocations, and managing personnel. The director will be charged with implementing, and building upon, the new vision of OFD which seeks to foster a supportive culture of inquiry and teaching, enabling all learners to succeed and thrive. The director will also have an opportunity to assess the longer term staffing and resource needs of the office, and will work with the associate provost to implement those needs.

 

WMUx is located primarily on the third floor of Ellsworth Hall, while OFD is located on the second floor of the University Computing Center, attached to Waldo Library. The director will split time between these two locations and will also be active and visible across campus promoting the work of the unit. WMUx is home to number of key services for instructors, including instructional design, online education, Elearning support, interactive experience development, regional location operations, non-credit and professional development offerings, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU, Collegiate Pathways dual enrollment programs, and market research. WMUx is also enhancing its role in supporting innovation at the university by building a new type of unit, driven by design-thinking, collaboration, and experimentation for the development of new ideas designed to move the University forward in reaching new markets and diversifying revenue streams. For more information please visit the WMUx website.

 

Required Qualifications

  • WMU faculty rank of tenured associate or full professor or faculty specialist II
  • Record of significant achievements related to teaching and learning;
  • Record of collaborative leadership;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation and experimentation;
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty and staff engagement and success;
  • Demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with instructors of all ranks in an atmosphere of shared governance;
  • Experience teaching in multiple modalities; and
  • Excellent analytical, written, and interpersonal communication skills that are adaptable to a diverse range of audiences and platforms.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in securing internal or external funding related to teaching, learning, or technology;
  • Experience with design thinking; and
  • Evidence of publications or creative activity related to the scholarship of teaching and learning;

 

Application Requirements

Review of applications will begin March 23, 2021 and continue until an outstanding candidate is identified. Applicants should submit electronically the following information:

  • Letter describing background and accomplishments that demonstrates how experience matches the position’s requirements;
  • Curriculum vitae; and
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Questions may be directed to Ed Martini, Associate Provost, WMUx at edwin.martini@wmich.edu and/or to Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark, Chair of the Search Committee.