The Information Technology Director for Teaching and Learning Technologies position will require strong leadership, highly visible presence in the faculty community, solid communication and planning skills, combined with practical experience in online teaching and optimizing the in-classroom experience.
The position is responsible for developing and promoting innovation and technology strategy in collaboration with campus partners. In this role, you will evaluate the needs of the modern classroom and build a digital experience to advance the primary mission of the University. The Director oversees a team of professionals who actively manage and grow relationships across the University, support the development of new curriculum and advanced pedagogical methods through innovative technology, and meet the current needs of online and over 400 on-campus classrooms and labs. They will support teaching and learning in a variety of modalities including undergraduate learning in 19 colleges, graduate studies including academic research components, graduate medical education (MD, DO, RN) and veterinary medicine (DVM) with clinical components, and law studies (JD); through on-campus, hybrid, and online formats.
In this role, you will play a key role in shaping the modern classroom – leading the transformation through constructing new service offerings, engaging executive partners at MSU around thought leadership, leveraging relationships with commercial suppliers and other Universities, collaborating with other IT service leaders, and operating the core T&L systems sustainability.
The Director for Teaching and Learning Technologies will play a leadership role in the following areas (measurements in these areas are in parentheses after each bullet):
• Lead the transformation (new service development, delivery on project commitments) • Engage University partners (growth in customer experience based on current practice from educational research, overall customer satisfaction – committees plus ad hoc feedback) • Collaborate with other service leaders and outside of ITS (presenting ideas, role-modeling for junior managers, developing community of practice) • Stewardship of resources (operations effectiveness, regular status reporting, reducing cost to own for major systems, and personal training) • People management (performance management and training/development of the teams in T&L, optimizing team effectiveness through cross-IT initiatives)
With more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students from over 130 countries, MSU is one of the largest universities in the country. As an accredited 4 year University, Research-1 University in the Big Ten Conference with #1 ranked programs in Supply Chain, Packaging, African Studies, Education, and Nuclear Physics, MSU hosts facilities for studying in 19 colleges and has many unique capabilities ranging from autonomous vehicle development, design thinking, agriculture/biology extensions throughout the Midwest, and a Department of Energy lab for testing isotope beams. The pioneer Land-Grant university is located on the banks of the Red Cedar River, in East Lansing, Michigan on 5,200 acres with over 550 buildings. Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.
MSU Information Technology Services provides the primary leadership for strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting information technology (IT) across MSU. MSU IT offers technology resources that support MSU’s mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree from a 4-year University in education, education technology, online curriculum and instruction, instructional design, education psychology, instructional technology;
More than eight (8) years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience managing one or more teams in teaching & learning - including coursework in strategy development, financial and supervisory management;
Relationship management experience with MSU or other major university;
VP-level stakeholders and demonstrated ability to build effective relationships with constituents at all levels in an inclusive and diverse environment;
Experience in innovating, implementing and performing organizational change management for information technology projects based on major commercial learning management systems such as Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard/Angel or D2L (vice homegrown);
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Doctorate or other terminal degree in education-related field (Education, Education Technology, Online Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, Education Psychology, Instructional Technology) from an accredited University;
8 years or more managing a teaching and learning program at an accredited 4-year University, or implementation experience with a University-wide online program or migration between major LMS platforms;
Strong abilities in leading digital strategy development and organization transformation, including experience with design-thinking, organizational change management and user-centered design techniques (evidenced by experience or certification);
Proven team builder with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring and cultivating a work environment/culture that fosters inclusive collaboration, consensus building, and positive relationships based on trust and open communication;
Understanding of state and federal laws regarding disability and accessibility in higher education, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act;
Knowledge of and experience with accessibility principles regarding procurement and use of accessible technology;
Broad base of digital technical knowledge and emerging technology trends and issues;
Deep understanding of learning theories, online or hybrid instructional design methods, and learner-centered design principles;
Expertise collaborating with a variety of instructor roles (e.g. tenure track, adjunct, clinical, graduate student instructors) in a higher education environment;
Demonstrated record of developing and managing innovative and effective teaching and learning technologies and learning spaces in support of the educational enterprise;
Strong technical understanding of enterprise level systems that support teaching and learning (Canvas, curriculum management, evaluation, assessment, video capture, high-fidelity simulation, etc.);
Exceptional interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts and information to non-technical audiences in a compelling and empowering way and experience developing planning documents, proposals, budget request justifications, and other forms of communication with/for senior administration and faculty;
Ability to manage large, complex projects at a campus scale with peer leadership at the University (not directly supervised resources) and ability to manage through subordinate managers to coordinate change;
Excellent analytical leadership and organizational skills in support of service definition, implementation, financial/talent management and operations;
Experience teaching 2+ online courses over 40 total contact hours each for MSU, another accredited 4-year university or recognized professional organization;
Collaborative and results-oriented leadership style, with a passion for mentoring staff and building teams;
Experience planning, developing, and implementing emerging instructional information technologies, and promoting physical (classroom and labs), online, and innovative learning environments;
Experience working with non-traditional, diverse student and employee populations strongly preferred.
Required Application Materials
CV/Resume. A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should include salary requirements, address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please also provide contact information for up to three (3) professional references who can assess your suitability for this position.
Presentation required (in-person if candidate is located in MI, Teams if remote allowed) on topic of "Future of Teaching & Learning at Michigan State University". Letter of recommendation from previous supervisor considering applicability for position.
Bidding eligibility ends on 8/20/2019 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 595646
About Michigan State University
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.