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Employment Opportunity

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist - UPDATED

Trades and Applied Technology Support Focus
Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Competition Number: 12-2068
Appointment Type: Regular Full-time
Funded in Base Budget
Start: Between June and August 2013
Workload: 35 hours per week
Employment Group: BCGEU
Position: 00706
Location: Nanaimo and/or Cowichan Campuses
  Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is Vancouver Island University's teaching, learning and technology centre. We assist with the implementation of VIU's Academic Plan and work collaboratively with academic faculties and teaching faculty members to promote and support innovation and excellence in learning. We do this by supporting the creation and development of high quality curriculum-supported learning opportunities, through the appropriate integration of research-informed teaching tools, the use of interactive technologies and the promotion of vibrant learning environments.

The Centre has gone through a significant restructuring and redesign over the past three years. We have four key areas we support and service: (1)Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy; (2) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; (3)Learning Technologies and Innovation and (4)Student Learning and Engagement. Each area functions in an integrative manner within a seamless support model. Faculty and student engagement with the centre is on the rise; 5X increase in past two years.
Duties: Reporting to the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (Teaching and Learning Centre), the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) Specialist functions in a collaborative role with other CTL Specialists and Centre staff serving the needs of faculty and also independently as a curriculum, teaching and learning consultant, topic expert in vocational education, facilitator, designer, or project co-ordinator on institutional level projects and teaching and education development initiatives for curriculum, program, course, and non-traditional learning activities.

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Summary of Three Key Areas of Responsibilities

1. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning: Professional Development Support and Services for Faculty
- consultation, facilitation and support services for the development, implementation, and assessment of learning experiences at the curriculum, program, course and class levels, and other learning experiences (e.g., customized planning for teaching in blended learning environments)
- developing and participating in strategic initiatives to support the continuous improvement of vocational teaching and learning across institution, province, nation and world

2. Leadership and Communication within VIU Community
- being responsive to VIU community needs in curriculum, teaching and learning by developing, leading and communicating to promote signature pedagogies, knowledge and professional learning networks

3. Research, Investigation and Promotion of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- leading and promoting research-informed activities; scholarship of teaching and learning initiatives

The CTL Specialist actively contributes to the evolution of the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and its staff by planning, facilitating and/or participating in frequent and varied professional development, mentorship and coaching activities.

Position Components: Breakdown

Time allocation across the CTL Specialist's portfolio may vary depending on priorities or by agreement with the Director, the general breakdown is as follows:
- 75%: Supporting instructional faculty in individual, small group or program settings on all aspects of curriculum, teaching, technology and learning topics, needs and activities
- 15%: Institutional or campus-level programming/initiatives; workshops/special sessions, conferences, special projects
- 10%: Teaching and learning centre specific e.g. defining the CTL Specialist's practice, establishing processes with other centre staff, engaging in professional development, conducting research projects; maintaining currency
Required Qualifications: - A completed Masters of Arts (in Education) or Masters of Education: Masters graduate degree must be in field of education directly related to learning, teaching, or curriculum design (e.g., teaching and learning; curriculum development and instruction, educational psychology, etc.)

- Six to eight years of cumulative teaching experience at the post-secondary level as an instructor of face-to-face course instruction

- Two years of cumulative experience in educational / faculty development (e.g., working in a teaching and learning centre) demonstrating the ability to support faculty in their teaching and learning experiences at the post-secondary level

- Ability to create and provide programming (informal and formal stand-alone or embedded activities) for teaching and curriculum development (e.g., individual consultations and work periods, workshops, conferences, condensed learning experiences) on topics such as assessment and evaluation, signature pedagogies, deep vs. surface learning, lesson planning, student feedback, learning objectives, outcomes and competencies, learning design, integration of educational technologies, leading discussions, supporting student success, etc.

- Evidence of teaching excellence and success in own practice to establish credibility for supporting and working with faculty (e.g., teaching award, research, course design experience etc.)

- Excellent knowledge of current theories and practices in education particularly with respect to post-secondary teaching and learning (e.g. student engagement, deep learning, interactive learning, curriculum alignment, assessment and evaluation, blended and online learning, etc.)

- Have an active and ongoing professional development portfolio in the field of education

- Critically and strategically apply understandings and experiences of own post-secondary education to working with faculty in a credible and valued way
Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).

Preferred Qualifications: - Teaching experience in a subject area that corresponds to Vancouver Island University's programs offered in the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technologies, Faculty of International Education or Faculty of Career and Academic Preparation (see

- Faculty or educational development experience at college or institute level, especially working with trades and applied technology faculty on curriculum, teaching and learning activities

- Confidence and comfort in working with and rapidly learning new educational technology resources and devices (e.g., Web 2.0, cloud computing, mobile computing, clickers, video streaming, etc.)

- Ability to effectively design, develop and integrate technology into learning environments through appropriate choices and use driven by curricula

- Demonstrated ability of scholarly research on teaching and learning (e.g., journal article publications, research program, research grants, refereed conference papers/presentations etc.)

- Ability to design and develop rich and interactive learning experiences in a learning management system (LMS) and have comfort using the tools and resources to assist faculty in building learning in an online environment (e.g., for fully online or blended delivery)

Screening of applicants begins mid-February.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Evidence of teaching ability and scholarly work at the post-secondary level in the form of a teaching portfolio

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: December 13, 2012 - January 30, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.