Director-Faculty Development

Director-Faculty Development


Full Time


Albany, NY | Remote |

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The Director will design and facilitate collaborative team building, creative problem-solving, and process design work within both colleges, with a focus on supporting and helping to build a culture of collaboration and co-design among part-time and full-time faculty. Partners with faculty unit leaders to support team development around group dynamics, as well as advising on collaborative accountability for longer-term initiatives. Supports faculty experiments in curriculum development for integration of collaborative and design thinking pedagogies. The essential duties and responsibilities for this position will be iterative based on the needs of the academic affairs team, in addition to other duties assigned. It is preferred that the Director - Faculty Development is based in Albany, New York, or a surrounding vicinity. However, remote work accommodations will be considered.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop and facilitate new faculty development options to enhance faculty growth and success, focused on best practices in online teaching and learning
  • Identify professional development strategic plan, including themes and comprehensive schedule of offerings.
  • Publicize online faculty development offerings and communicate with potential participants, program coordinators, academic leaders, and deans about upcoming opportunities.
  • Collaborate with academic leaders to identify departmental faculty development needs related to online teaching and learning and identify ways to meet those needs.
  • Facilitate or designate individuals to design and/or facilitate faculty development opportunities (workshops, webinars, communities of practice, seminars, conferences, etc.) on topics relevant to online teaching and learning.
  • Develops activities and facilitates programs to orient, support and mentor new faculty and first-term Chairs as well as develop programs to enhance leadership skills in college faculty.
  • Initiates and facilitates programs that positively impact faculty thriving, well-being, departmental workplace climate, mentoring, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across the College. Initiate programming that supports DEI including for women and members of underrepresented groups.
  • Manages faculty awards.
  • Maintain a current understanding of faculty development research and trends related to online teaching and learning practices.
  • Maintain records to track and monitor faculty progress and participation through new and established online faculty development offerings.

    Minimum Skills and Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree required, Doctoral degree preferred
  • Experience in providing instruction and consulting with faculty on effective student-centered teaching and learning.
  • Advanced development and facilitation of a variety of instructional experiences.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines, multitask and complete tasks with multiple interruptions and distractions.
  • Record of teaching excellence in a university setting.
  • Robust knowledge of salient research, effective pedagogical practices, active learning theories, instructional design, and critical thinking.
  • Candidate must demonstrate exceptional organizational and decision-making skills
  • Strong empirical, analytical, and problem-solving skills; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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    Excelsior University offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.


    Excelsior University is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to any legally protected characteristic.

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