SVP Academic Operations and Innovation or Lead Facilitator
At Faculty Guild, we are creating a movement that values purposeful teaching as a vital component to student success. Research on teaching and learning has helped us gain a better understanding of the power of good teaching—especially for low-income and non-traditional students. While we know that there is much that can be done to enhance higher education teaching, change is difficult. Change is especially hard when faculty have been teaching a particular way for many years. Faculty Guild is a fast-growing educational services company committed to enhancing teaching in higher education. We invite you to join the Teaching Success Movement! Faculty Guild seeks to hire online facilitators to support higher education faculty committed to improving their own teaching practice.
Faculty Guild offers the opportunity for full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and graduate students,supported by their college or university, to take part in a fellowship focused on teaching reflection, analysis and enhancement. Fellows participate in an online community of peers, coached by expert facilitators. Faculty Guild helps its fellows consider their teaching practice through the lens of an evidence-based instruction framework, resulting in teaching improvement and increased student outcomes. See Faculty Guild website for more information.
Facilitators help fellows grow and thrive as individual instructors and as members of their Teaching Circle through personalized weekly engagement using an Appreciative Inquiry model. The Faculty Guild’s online asynchronous platform supports our practice improvement model of regular reflection posts, analysis of pedagogical techniques, peer feedback, dialogue, ongoing learning and direct application. Our model is based on the research of Dr. Gail Mellow and collaborators, published in Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters!
Position Duties and Responsibilities
Facilitators will oversee one or more faculty “circles.” Specific duties include:
- Learn and keep up-to-date on our evolving Faculty Guild online platform and library of content resources.
- Orient new fellows. Conduct initial outreach to fellows to establish relationships, identify goals, help fellows develop connection to each other and facilitate readiness for their fellowship via orientation activities. Foster a productive and safe learning environment.
- Respond to weekly reflection posts and discussion for all eight circle members. Provide timely constructive and actionable feedback, via written and video form, to support their learning using appreciative inquiry, content resources and the Faculty Guild framework of evidence-based instructional practices, known as “tags.”
- Guide fellows in critical reflection of their current teaching and visions for their future selves as educators through individual and circle-wide collaboration.
- Conduct outreach to ensure fellows are engaged. Provide front-line customer support as needed. Use program data and patterns to examine individual and group change over time.
- Participate in weekly Facilitators’ meeting(s) to share, reflect, discuss and grow individually and collectively as Facilitators.
- Contribute to organizational learning. Participate in impact and effectiveness reviews of the organization’s method. Inform strategy. Help refine processes and approach to enhance service.
- Represent Faculty Guild at professional conferences, meetings or symposia, as required.
- Masters or PhD/EdD in a variety of STEM and humanities fields preferred.
- Discipline-specific instructional, curricular and assessment expertise with a strong understanding of current research in teaching theory.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in providing face-to-face and online higher education instruction.
- Organized, self-directed, able to meet deadlines and help others stay on track.
- Strong communication, coaching, facilitation and problem-solving skills; ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment.
- Ability to model reflective teaching and appreciative inquiry approaches.
- Experience with the foundational research of this work (GSCC, Reflective Institute, TCTS) preferred.
- Experience working in online environments and software platforms, including communication tools (e.g., Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting).
- Have access to the technology needed (laptop, desktop or tablet) to conduct all activities including reliable high-speed internet.
- Commitment to ongoing personal professional growth.
- We expect the facilitator to spend up to 8 hours per week per circle during the academic term. An additional 2 hours a week will be spent on facilitator preparation, administrative tasks or meetings, and learning and development to improve your and Faculty Guild’s performance.
- Occasional overnight travel may be required for professional development.
Ready to apply?
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Guild is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, religion or other legally protected status.