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Faculty Director, Teaching + Learning Commons

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 28th, 2020

Last review date: Sunday, Apr 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California San Diego seeks an innovative, experienced and collaborative leader, steeped in the scholarship of teaching and learning, to serve as its Faculty Director of the Teaching + Learning Commons, as part of this national search. The Faculty Director will provide strategic vision and leadership to further the mission of the Teaching + Learning Commons to advance student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic support, in light of a complex and ever-changing higher education landscape. The Commons consists of six hubs: Engaged Teaching, Digital Learning, Academic Achievement, Writing, Experiential Learning and the Education Research + Assessment. The hubs closely interact, inform, and mutually reinforce each other. Together, they function as a single entity embodying the intertwined relationship of teaching and learning. Through its wide range of programs, services, and research, the Commons assists all members of the UC San Diego community in developing learning environments and experiences for their students that encourage engagement and foster student success.

Under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Innovation, the Faculty Director will be a key partner in creating transformative pedagogical advancements at UC San Diego to provide equitable, high quality and accessible educational experiences for all students. The Faculty Director's knowledge and contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning will guide faculty in their advancement of teaching excellence, inside and outside the classroom in both traditional and digital teaching and learning settings. Additionally, the Faculty Director's experience supporting undergraduate and graduate student academic success and professional development will prove critical as the Commons refines and evolves its student support offerings. The Faculty Director will serve as a catalyst for conversations and collaborations amongst faculty, departments and academic leaders to refine and assess student learning outcomes and to move educational innovation opportunities from development to implementation.

A terminal degree in any field is required at the time of application.

The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment accompanied by a full-time appointment of associate professor or professor, either with tenure as a ladder-rank faculty member or with or security of employment in the teaching professor series, and eligible for full university benefits. Additional details regarding the position and qualifications for the Faculty Director are outlined in the position profile:


Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position profile, a Statement of Teaching Philosophy & Pedagogy, a Statement of Research, a diversity statement (see Contributions to Diversity), and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made through UC SAN DIEGO’s online portal at prior to the closing date. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 28, 2020. Please direct confidential inquiries to consultant Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at [].

Applicants with dual career considerations, please see the Partner Opportunities Program web page.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release” into RECRUIT as part of their application.

The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences - of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more - enhance the University's ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching and resource. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds, and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

Job location

San Diego, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Applicants should summarize their research work.

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Pedagogy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check [] to access the form and for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 5 required (contact information only)