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The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at the American University in Cairo invites applications for the position of Associate Director, Digital Education Unit, CLT. This is a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor of Practice.
The Associate Director will develop and direct a new Digital Education Unit (Online, Blended and Digitally Enhanced) and will report to, and work closely with, the Director of the Center for Learning. The Associate Director will collaborate with faculty and administrators on planning for online/blended courses and programs based on established best practices; oversee the work of the instructional design and instructional technology teams within the unit; manage the assessment of online programs and courses in collaboration with faculty, program directors, department chairs and deans.
The Associate Director will act as a lead instructional designer within the digital education team, working closely with faculty and programs in the design and development of online and blended learning courses. As a practice faculty member the incumbent's role will fall under the 3 broad areas of practice, teaching related activities and service.
The Associate Director will be responsible for ensuring that the quality of the online and blended courses at AUC is strong and is consistent with the rigor expected of AUC courses and international standards. The Associate Director is responsible for ensuring that all accreditation and quality standards for online learning are met and that AUC online policies and procedures are followed.
LEADING, MANAGING AND COORDINATING
- Build, lead and manage a team of professionals dedicated to the design, development and delivery of online/blended learning courses.
- Collaborate with the Associate Provost for Transformative Learning and Teaching in identifying strategic directions of the university in online/blended programs or courses.
- Collaborate with IT and relevant units on campus to ensure smooth and reliable services for online/blended learning courses.
- Recommend and evaluate technologies relevant to online/blended learning.
- Report to and assist the CLT Director in strategic, administrative, managerial and educational activities and initiatives of the Unit.
COURSE DESIGN AND DELIVERY
- Act as an instructional designer, work hands on with faculty and develop and implement unified course formats that provide students with seamless and user-friendly online learning environments that facilitate student learning and engagement.
- Work with faculty and other university support services to ensure student support and the effective delivery of all online/blended courses.
FACULTY TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
- Be responsible for coordinating and conducting training for faculty in online instructional methods and in the development of digital instructional materials as needed.
- Collaborate within the CLT to ensure a solid program of faculty development opportunities for online learning.
- Keep abreast of new developments and research in online education, and share this information with faculty as appropriate.
VETTING and ADMINISTRATION OF COURSES
- Under the direction the Associate Provost for TLT and CLT Director, be responsible for coordinating course vetting prior to implementation indicating suggestions for improvement.
- Coordinate with university offices to ensure the effective administration of online/blended courses.
ASSESSMENT and REPORTING
- Lead and oversee and design the assessment of online/blended courses and make recommendations to departments on how to improve/develop these courses.
- Regular reporting to the director of CLT on online/blended learning progress.
- Master's or Ph.D. degree in Instructional Design and Technology or equivalent.
- Five or more years in a leadership position of an online continuing education program.
- Program development, administrative, and/or project management experience in distance education instruction is required, including at least one year in a higher education setting.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and lead multiple projects simultaneously.
- Current knowledge and interest in best practices and emerging trends in online teaching and learning.
- Excellent oral and communication skills.
- The ability to work with faculty from different disciplines and teaching styles.
- Evidence of the ability to design, develop and deliver engaging faculty workshops both in the face to face and online environments.
- Evidence of the ability to integrate current and emerging technologies in course design and online activities
- Experience working in a teaching and learning center or related center
- Experience in grant writing
- Experience working in a multicultural environment
- Evidence of collaborative activities with other university units in previous career
The position will remain open until filled. Preferred starting date is July 2020.
All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system:
(a) an updated CV; (b) a letter of interest; (c) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); (d) names and contact information for at least three references familiar with the candidate's professional background; (e) one page statement on courses that the candidate would like to design/develop. Letters of reference may be sent directly by the referees to firstname.lastname@example.org.