"The University of Southern California is committed to excellence in teaching through strategies that foster the knowledge, skills, relationships, and values necessary for students to make real contributions in a rapidly changing world. USC is an equitable and diverse research university, and we recognize the many ways inclusivity strengthens our campus community. Our superb faculty have the exceptional responsibilities of creating new knowledge and instructing and guiding our passionate, hardworking student body"
–Elizabeth Graddy, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Assistant Director of Faculty Development
ApplyCenter for Excellence in TeachingLos Angeles, California
The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching is a resource center that ensures USC’s core values and strategic priorities are reflected in the university’s teaching mission; serves as a resource to USC’s schools for developing, evaluating, and rewarding teaching excellence; and supports best practices in instruction and course design.
This is an experienced faculty development position, requiring extensive pedagogical expertise, with a focus on best practices in both on ground and online instruction across the university. The position is an on ground position at USC’s University Park Campus, and may require travel to our Health Sciences Campus in East Los Angeles.
Serves as a discipline specialist (i.e. Arts & Humanities, STEM, Social Science, or Clinical Education) to assigned schools, departments, and/or faculty. Analyzes academic programs, courses, and stakeholder input to inform recommendations for program/course alignment, program/course design, and instructional strategies. Provides actionable strategy, framework, and ongoing support for best-practice solution implementation. Provides recommendations and guidance, aligned with faculty, program, school, and university priorities and discipline-endorsed pedagogy, to schools, departments, programs, faculty and/or staff for online, face to-face, and/or blended instruction
Conducts training needs assessments and provides instructional sessions for stakeholders based on individual or group needs (i.e., large-scale university-wide faculty development institutes, school-based seminar series, online modules, workshops, and small group or individual consultations). Researches, develops, distributes, and provides training for customized resources. Recommends and implements new central strategies or services based on school-based needs assessment trends and pedagogical research. Convenes, leads, and facilitates university-wide school instructional designer advisory group to align school and university pedagogical support efforts, and facilitate the exchange of innovative instructional design ideas, research findings, and applications
Supports the development, establishment, and evaluation of university-wide teaching initiatives with evidence-based recommendations. Serves as a central pedagogical specialist for faculty and staff. Researches, develops, and provides central training and customizable resources for teaching development and best practices, and rigorous, criterion-based tools for evaluating teaching
Provides modeling, demonstrations, and basic support for the use of the university-supported learning management systems, video conferencing platforms, and other university-supported e-learning tools. Plans, creates, and uploads training resources using multimedia authoring tools. Researches current trends in emerging educational technology
Researches current trends, issues, and developments in instruction, program/course design, and innovative pedagogies. Engages in professional development and conducts research, presents, or publishes on innovative faculty development, instructional, and program/course design practices
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Minimum Education: Master’s Degree Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience in pedagogically-based faculty development training, including group trainings and individual consultations on program and course design and instructional practices, specifically in higher education environment; teaching experience as a faculty member (part-time or full-time) in the higher education environment; formal training in instructional design. Expertise in inclusive course design and instructional practices. Competency with LMSs (i.e., Blackboard and Canvas), and video conferencing (i.e., Zoom). Competency in creating video-based and written pedagogical guidance resources. Excellent attention to detail and verbal, written, presentation, customer service skills.
Education: Doctoral Degree
Knowledge of emerging educational technologies, currency with developments in the field
Background in Social Science education or Clinical/Medical Education
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse, inclusive educational environment
Demonstrated ability to motivate change in higher education faculty
High degree of professionalism and confidentiality
Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team under deadlines
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a highly competent team
Ability to provide constructive feedback effectively, and to respond to feedback productively
Ability to manage workload of multiple concurrent projects
Ability to problem solve and think critically
Ability to adjust to rapidly changing priorities and environment
Ability to produce high quality work with quick turnaround times
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
Field of Expertise:
Faculty Development and Training in Higher Education
Instructional Design in Higher Education
On ground and Online Instruction in Higher Education
Minimum Education: Master’s degree
Minimum Experience: 5 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience in pedagogically-based faculty development training, including group trainings and individual consultations on program and course design and instructional practices, specifically in higher education environment; teaching experience as a faculty member (part-time or full-time) in the higher education environment; formal training in instructional design. Expertise in inclusive course design and instructional practices. Competency with LMSs (i.e., Blackboard and Canvas), and video conferencing (i.e., Zoom). Competency in creating video-based and written pedagogical guidance resources. Excellent attention to detail and verbal, written, presentation, customer service skills.