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Director of Engaged Teaching (Academic Coordinator III-FY)

Position overview

Position title: Director of Engaged Teaching
Salary range: commensurate with experience

Application Window

Open date: November 4, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 28, 2022 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, Feb 28, 2023 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.

Position description

UC San Diego is seeking an experienced academic leader to head our Engaged Teaching team in the Teaching and Learning Commons (the Commons) and engaged teaching efforts across the UC San Diego campus.
The mission of the Teaching and Learning Commons is to advance student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic student support; be an incubator for student academic success innovations; increase access to education on campus and beyond; and advance equity and inclusion within the organization and through its programs and services. The Commons’ work encompasses four areas: instructor support to advance teaching excellence; undergraduate and graduate student support to advance student success at UC San Diego and beyond; intellectual and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students, including Commons’ student employees; and equity and inclusion for all UC San Diego students, staff, and educators.
The Director of Engaged Teaching collaborates with the Commons leadership team to provide high-level services to the instructional community in order to advance an equity-focused student success ecosystem for student retention, success, and goal completion at UC San Diego.
The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership to support the entire university’s teaching community (ladder-rank professors, teaching professors, non-Senate lecturers, faculty adjuncts, graduate student instructional assistants, and postdoctoral scholars preparing to enter the faculty ranks); building close relationships with academic departments, faculty, and units with a goal toward closing equity gaps for historically underrepresented, minoritized students through inclusive and equitable teaching practices; serving as a campus resource for information about teaching and learning; developing and facilitating learning communities; and promoting and disseminating research and scholarship on student learning and university teaching, including evidence-based assessment practices.
As a leader in Engaged Teaching, the Director will promote teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection; design and facilitate educational development programs and services that are grounded in learner-centered, equity-minded, and anti-racist theories and practices; contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning; and promote a university culture that advances UC San Diego’s mission as a student-centered public research university.
As a member of the Teaching + Learning Commons, the incumbent is responsible for contributing to the Commons’ mission, vision, and strategic plan, as well as UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. This includes identifying priorities; setting short- and long-term goals; and implementing, monitoring, and assessing progress. The director also plays a key role in developing and sustaining a culture of equity and collaboration within the Commons and campus-wide, and developing and implementing methods for assessing the impact of the Teaching + Learning Commons initiatives and programs on student learning.
The Director has operational responsibilities for Engaged Teaching, including budget management, program assessment and planning, and hiring, training, and supervision of professional and student staff.
At the Teaching + Learning Commons, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to fulfilling our mission. As such, we are committed to recruiting, advancing, and supporting a diverse team who: Will contribute to our mission by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds; Will actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through our programs and services; Are dedicated to continuous learning.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • A Ph.D., Ed.D., or terminal degree in area of expertise or related field and a minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience at the college level.
Preferred qualifications

Excellent project management skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize, organize, delegate and coordinate complex tasks to ensure successful project completion while also allowing for conflicting schedules and changing priorities.
Experience with successful fundraising and grant support.
Experience working with the instructional and administrative needs of the liberal arts, STEM fields, and professional schools in STEM, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching

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

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA