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Director of Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and McCormack Chair Job Description

Job Summary

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Cambridge College supports and advances faculty development, strengthens the assessment of student learning, provides whole student support, maximizes student engagement and success, and ensures that pedagogy is culturally responsive and inclusive.

The Director of the CELT serves as the Elizabeth J. McCormack Chair in the Humanities and plays an active role in the intellectual life of the College through fostering the humanities across the school and championing their central role in the learning process.

Reporting to the Associate Provost, this position is housed in the Office of Academic Affairs. The Director oversees the Academic Success Lab and Institute for Faculty Excellence and will collaborate closely with the faculty, academic programs, Student Affairs, Disability Services, library staff, and other collaborators within our learning community.

Responsibilities include serving as liaison to academic programs and faculty, administration of all aspects of the Center, offering professional development workshops for faculty, assessment and support of the evaluation of student learning outcomes, and the creation and implementation of academic support programs for students.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a strategic plan for the CELT that is consistent with the College’s mission and strategic priorities, and that prioritizes equity and inclusion in teaching and learning.
  • Collaborate with faculty and other stakeholders in the development of goals for the Center, as well as the implementation and evaluation of these goals.
  • Manage and coordinate the work of the Academic Success Lab and Institute for Faculty Excellence.
  • Create annual reports on the costs, usage levels, and availability of all aspects of the CELT.
  • Provide assessment of the impact of services in the context of diversity and equity goals.
  • Devise and implement ongoing assessment plans for CELT programs and services
  • Provide oversight to the online library.
  • Represent the CELT in College meetings and at faculty and student orientation.
  • Work with colleagues to prepare grants to secure funding for the center. Prepare and submit reports to funders as required.
  • Administer approved budget and authorize expenditures in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Maintain webpages related to the CELT.

Elizabeth J. McCormack Chair in the Humanities

  • Create a plan for fostering discussion and sharing knowledge about the humanities at CC
  • Organize lectures, seminars, symposia, workshops and classes to share perspectives on the humanities with the CC community.

Academic Success Lab

  • Oversee the hiring and training of and supervise CELT staff, professional and peer tutors.
  • Collaborate with the Student Success Team in the assessment of student needs and the design of student success support programs.
  • Develop services to help improve undergraduate and graduate students’ academic skills. Expand academic learning support as needed.
  • Monitor and manage usage of TutorMe platform, as well as of in-house professional tutors.
  • Collaborate with information technology department and online library in the identification and implementation of innovative technological approaches to providing digital programs and services.
  • Coordinate the implementation and promotion of required student assessments, track compliance, and monitor assessment results. Communicate assessment results to other stakeholder groups and ensure that students are connected to support services as needed.
  • Collect and maintain data regarding students’ use of the Center, their progress, success, and satisfaction with services.

Institute for Faculty Excellence (IFE)

  • Survey faculty, Chairs, and Deans to determine faculty professional development needs and areas of interest.
  • Provide professional development in the form of retreats, workshops, conversations on teaching, or other training, with a focus on equity-minded, innovative, high impact, and inclusive pedagogies.
  • Offer programming on accessibility defined broadly (CRT, UDL, OER, language diversity, social-emotional wellness, etc.)
  • Foster an understanding of students' diverse needs and strengths to promote equitable teaching practices.
  • Foster opportunities for full and part time instructors to share their experiences and expertise to build a culture that focuses on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Provide onboarding to new instructors and deliver a new faculty orientation focused on foundational teaching skills (e.g., syllabus and course design, inclusive pedagogies, assessing student learning)
  • Share evidence-based teaching practices through a collection of web resources.
  • Collaborate with Deans and faculty in the development of best practices for evaluating teaching effectiveness (self, peer, and student evaluation).
  • Contribute to Faculty Planning Day as appropriate.
  • Regularly assess the quality of IFE programs by assessing faculty involvement, satisfaction, and utilization of services.

Qualification Requirements

Education and/or Experience: Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in humanities, higher education administration, adult literacy, curriculum design, or related field
  • Minimum three years of experience in college-level teaching as a faculty member or instructional staff member in the Humanities. Success as an educator in a project/problem -based active teaching and learning environment preferred.
  • Three to five years of higher education experience, preferably in the area of faculty/educational development, curricular design, or learning assessment
  • Experience providing a post-secondary academic support services program for adult learners.
  • Experience training, supervising, and evaluating professional and peer tutors.
  • Experience and commitment to serving adult learners in a diverse academic community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in overseeing and implementation of budgets
  • Project management experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of uses of technology for multimodal learning.
  • Grant writing skills

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of current research, best practices, and standards of excellence in providing learning assistance support for adult students.
  • Understanding of curricular and instructional design within various delivery modalities (face-to-face, online, hybrid, etc.).
  • Knowledge of educational assessment practices, including student learning outcome assessment, curriculum mapping, program review, and other initiatives to support continuous improvement.
  • Understanding of culturally-responsive, social justice pedagogy and a commitment to reducing equity gaps and systemic barriers in learning.
  • Knowledge of FERPA and ethical principles in working with tutors and students
  • Demonstrated ability to provide and develop new workshops as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage budgets in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Skill in interviewing, selecting, training and appraising faculty, staff, and student workers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, administrators, faculty, staff, and students in a diverse learning community.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time well, and manage complex projects with minimal supervision
  • A commitment to collegiality and collaboration
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility
  • Excellent written and oral communication, as well as strong presentation skills
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite, basic website editing, and program evaluation tools. Experience with data analytical tools to support learning assessment preferred.
  • Strong inclusive leadership skills

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hours of Employment

This is a full-time position. A work schedule will be established in consultation with the supervisor. Some travel to the College’s regional center locations may be required.


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