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Jul 11 / Donna Carroll

University of Iowa – Teaching and Learning Specialist-Faculty Development

Teaching and Learning Specialist—Faculty Development

The University of Iowa

The Center for Teaching (CfT) within the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT), a campus-wide provider of professional development services for University of Iowa instructors (faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants), is seeking to fill a full-time Teaching and Learning Specialist focused on the professional development of faculty members.  Experienced, creative, collaborative professionals with appropriate higher education backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

As part of a strong, collaborative OTLT team, the individual in this role will help disseminate innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies, assessment methods, and teaching technology integration, including active learning pedagogies. The T&L Specialist will support teaching and learning excellence through one-on-one consultations, program and project development, and enhancement of current programs and institutional initiatives, including active learning (TILE) pedagogies, the Course Design Institute, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  The individual in this position also will help enhance the Center’s support of the General Education program.

This role also will entail collaborating with faculty and members of the OTLT and other University of Iowa staff members to develop new projects and programs. In particular, the person in this role may be part of the Learning Design Collaboratory course design teams that support faculty members in the context of that institutional initiative.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the Center for Teaching Director, other OTLT staff members, and other UI faculty and staff members to support teaching excellence by providing faculty consultation and training.
  • Creating, sustaining, and assessing programs and initiatives that support teaching excellence (e.g., teaching workshops, multi-day institutes, consultations, and evaluation of teaching).
  • Partnering with other OTLT staff to develop innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies, assessment methods, and technology integration.
  • In partnerships with other staff members and with a working understanding of the research on teaching and learning in higher education, creating and sustaining rich OTLT web site and newsletter communications directed to faculty members and other members of the University of Iowa community who seek to enhance their teaching knowledge and skills.

This regular, full–time Professional & Scientific position is classified as an Instructional Services Specialist (PCH2).

Please note: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.


  • Master’s degree in a discipline that provides broadly applicable understanding and skills across STEM, social science, and humanities disciplines.
  • 1-3 years providing support to faculty members or graduate students in course development or course redesign, including creation of instructional and training materials—print and digital, and workshop presentation development and delivery.
  • Experience teaching college-level courses (in classroom)–a minimum of two semesters as the instructor of record.
  • Demonstrated project creation, development, and project management skills, including experience facilitating or integrating a diverse team.
  • High-level understanding of effective communication concepts, tools, and techniques; ability to effectively communicate, understand, and interpret concepts, ideas, information, data, and instructors’ needs through an array of communication pathways appropriate to a variety of institutional audiences.
  • Strong organizational skills, including arranging events, programs, and projects, and documenting processes and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in a high-functioning team.  Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated examples of creative, flexible thinking.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of instructional technologies such as course management systems and web sites.
  • Strong presentation skills, including an understanding of and appropriate response to an array of audiences with varied professional development needs.  Flexibility and strong ability to “think on one’s feet” when presenting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.


  • PhD in a discipline that provides broadly applicable understanding and skills across STEM, social science, and humanities disciplines.
  • Understanding of relevant instructional design concepts and processes; ability to design instructional content to meet the learning needs of a target population.
  • Experience integrating new or emerging pedagogical concepts and teaching technologies into courses and instructor professional development.
  • Knowledge of academic assessment methods.
  • Knowledge of University policies, procedures, and regulations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:The selection process will include a criminal background and credential check on final candidates.
To apply, please visit:  and reference the position by classification of Instructional Services Specialist or Requisition #73058.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

The University of Iowa offers a full array of benefits, or cafeteria-style programs that add considerable value to your total compensation. The flexibility allows you to select the option that best suits your personal needs.

More detailed information is available on the Benefits Office website: