Educational Developer (Curriculum Development and Program Improvement)

Queen’s University Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is seeking a highly dynamic and experienced educational development professional with expertise in quality assurance and a commitment to continuous program improvement, for the position of Educational Developer (Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation).

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers comprehensive programs and services to meet the institutional priorities for teaching and learning at Queen’s University. Services include departmental, faculty-wide and institutional consultations on all aspects of educational processes at the university level, as well as leadership, guidance and collaborative capacity-building with educational support professionals in faculty-embedded teaching support units. As a key member the of the CTL team, this position reports to the Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and plays a critical role in informing the institution’s quality assurance process.

 

The ideal person for this role will already have an in depth knowledge of Ontario’s Quality Assurance Framework with many years of practical experience in curriculum design and program evaluation, including experience in quality assurance and cyclical program review.  Additionally, this person will have proven themselves to be strong a leader with an ability to communicate a clear and compelling vision for the University’s quality assurance process that generates excitement, enthusiasm, commitment and confidence.

If you feel your experience and interests match the position as described, we encourage you to submit both a cover letter and résumé, outlining how you meet the requirements of the role.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement the university’s protocols and policies for quality assurance and cyclical program review for all courses and programs at the university to ensure alignment with Ontario’s Quality Assurance Framework.
  • Develop resources and programming for Department leaders to ensure that the university meets provincial standards for quality assurance for all undergraduate and graduate programs at the university.
  • Serve as a resource to the Centre’s Educational Developers and other educational support professionals on campus for curriculum development and program evaluation.
  • Work with university stakeholders to support the decolonization of curricula, challenging practices and providing support in the evaluation and implementation of inclusive pedagogies and institutional structures.
  • Work with the Director to identify and assess strategic institutional teaching and learning priorities and generating annual work plans that reflect those priorities.
  • Conduct research and serve as a resource to departments in planning, implementing, and evaluating program improvements, degree level expectations (DLEs) and discipline specific learning outcomes at the program level.
  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of faculty and university-wide policies and procedures as they relate to teaching and learning.
  • Promote a culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and acknowledges diverse ideas and the interests of all stakeholders in decision making.
  • Participate in setting the direction and decision-making for curriculum development, evaluation and priority educational matters in online, blended and face-to-face learning environments, as a lead member of the priority decision-making educational committees at the institutional level.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the profile of the CTL; manage, develop, and implement communications initiatives for the various programs and opportunities offered.
  • Develop resources pertaining to teaching and learning, CTL publications and that supplement the CTL library. Prepare reports, and schedules.
  • Maintain knowledge of current educational development trends and translate that knowledge into practical program development.
  • Mentor and provide direction to Educational Developers, Educational Development Associates and work placement students.
  • Act as CTL representative at external events such as conferences and professional meetings.
  • Conduct other duties as required in support of the unit.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • PhD required, specialization in education is preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Ontario’s Quality Assurance Framework and Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance Degree Level Expectations.
  • 8-10 years, or more, of direct educational development experience in a post-secondary environment, specializing in curriculum development and program evaluation.
  • Highly skilled in consultation and facilitation techniques.
  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary level is an asset.
  • Understanding of the Queen’s community, including knowledge of university policies and procedures.

SPECIAL SKILLS:

Change Management:

  • Challenges deeply held biases and assumptions and fosters a climate of openness.
  • Creates effective plans, systems and governance to lead change.
  • Rethinks systems, partnerships, cultural assumptions.
  • Evaluates the impact of change on operations.
  • Provides appropriate support mechanisms during change.                                                                                    

Leadership:

  • Communicates a clear and compelling vision of the future that generates excitement, enthusiasm, commitment and confidence.
  • Encourages and enables others to engage in self- development opportunities.
  • Proactively initiates long- term organization-wide changes in response to anticipated future requirements.

Planning and Organizing:

  • Designs and implements plans that are clear manageable and attainable given the current and future expectations of the institution.

DECISION MAKING:

  • Develops and recommends policy frameworks based on analysis of Ontario’s Quality Assurance Framework and emerging trends.
  • Recognizes, analyzes and solves problems across projects and in complex situations.
  • Balances competing priorities in reaching decisions.
  • Determines recommendations and implementation strategies for the development and continuous improvement of programs or creation of new programs to meet the University’s strategic goals and emerging priorities.
  • Determines content of resources and programming to ensure department leaders are meeting provincial and university standards for quality assurance.
  • Determines need for curriculum development and evaluation and decide how to implement programs and services to address faculty and institutional needs.