Lead Educational Developer, Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Competition No.  -    A103146335
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

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This posting is to fill two positions. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021; the competition will remain open until both positions are filled. 

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) partners with instructors and programs to develop engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students by inspiring, empowering, modelling, and connecting excellent teaching at and across the University of Alberta.

CTL partners with instructors to develop engaging and meaningful learning for students (2019-2022 Comprehensive Institutional Plan, University of Alberta). The University of Alberta currently has approximately 5,000 staff (faculty, sessional, and postdoctoral fellows, for example) who are involved in teaching activities. CTL partners with instructors and programs through a combination of consultation, facilitation, resource development, integration of educational technologies, and collaboration to advocate for and advance positive changes in teaching and learning.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Lead Educational Developer, Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives and the Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity are critical to the development of CTL’s programming and resource development toward improving teaching and fostering a culture of teaching at the University of Alberta. As positive agents of change, these two Lead Educational Developers (Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives; and Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity) are champions of the mission and vision of the Centre and of the strategic initiatives related to teaching and learning at and across the University of Alberta.

Below, please find the speciality portfolio descriptions of each of these two Lead Educational Developer positions (Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives; and Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity), followed by the Qualifications required for success in all of our Lead Educational Developer roles at CTL.

Lead Educational Developer, Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives

The Lead Educational Developer, Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives is responsible for leading professional development experiences and opportunities for a variety of University of Alberta instructors in diverse Colleges, faculties, and programs. The incumbent will facilitate workshops and webinars, lead individual and group consultations with instructors, create online teaching resources for the CTL website, host podcasts with instructors, and contribute to CTL Events with the lens of decolonization and Indigenization.

Critical knowledge of current trends and realities of decolonizing and Indigenizing teaching and learning in higher education is essential to the role, including: engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems within teaching and learning across disciplinary areas (and/or engaging with Indigenous ways of knowing and being within disciplinary areas); instructional capacity-building for decolonization and Indigenization; Critical Race Theory; Critical Pedagogies; anti-racist education; and anti-oppressive pedagogies. This detail-oriented professional demonstrates experience with supporting Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity strategies; has a deep understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusivity, histories of Indigenous peoples in this place now called Canada, and the role of Universities in responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and has the ability to listen carefully and formulate a tailored response to instructors’ needs and goals in teaching and learning.

The Lead Educational Developer, Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives possesses the leadership capacities to supervise 1-3 Instructional Designer Support staff within a broad portfolio of projects, committees, and programming related to Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives. In their leadership role, the Lead Educational Developer is expected to promote and embody effective teamwork and a positive attitude for all CTL employees and university instructors, and they will also participate in decisions as a member of the CTL Executive as well as collaborate effectively across the growing range of teaching and learning portfolios at CTL, including: Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; Assessment and Evaluation; Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning; and Open Education. 

To meaningfully and authentically succeed as the Lead Educational Developer, Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives, the incumbent will be an Indigenous person (First Nations Status or Non-Status, Metis, and/or Inuit) with lived experiences in an Indigenous community and/or lived experiences across Indigenous communities and will meet the articulated qualifications below.

Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

The Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity is responsible for leading professional development experiences and opportunities for a variety of University of Alberta instructors in diverse Colleges, faculties, and programs. The incumbent will facilitate workshops and webinars, lead individual and group consultations with instructors, create online teaching resources for the CTL website, host podcasts with instructors, and contribute to CTL Events with the lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression toward equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belonging.

Critical knowledge of current trends and realities of anti-racist and anti-oppressive teaching and learning in higher education is essential to the role, including: institutionally disruptive approaches to power and privilege in teaching and learning across disciplinary areas and/or within disciplinary areas; instructional capacity-building for decolonization and equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belonging; Critical Race Theory; Critical Pedagogies; anti-racist education; and anti-oppressive pedagogies.This detail-oriented professional demonstrates experience with supporting Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity strategies; has a deep understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusivity, histories of Indigenous peoples in this place now called Canada, and the role of Universities in responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and has the ability to listen carefully and formulate a tailored response to instructors’ needs and goals in teaching and learning.

The Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity possesses the leadership capacities to supervise 1-3 Instructional Designer Support staff within a broad portfolio of projects, committees, and programming related to Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. In their leadership role, the Lead Educational Developer is expected to promote and embody effective teamwork and a positive attitude for all CTL employees and university instructors, and they will also participate in decisions as a member of the CTL Executive as well as collaborate effectively across the growing range of teaching and learning portfolios at CTL, including: Decolonial Pedagogies and Indigenous Initiatives; Assessment and Evaluation; Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning; and Open Education. 

To meaningfully and authentically succeed as the Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity, the incumbent will be an individual with lived experiences across equity-denied intersections of identity and will meet the articulated qualifications below. 

Qualifications include:

The Lead Educational Developer must have a graduate degree related to Educational Development and/or the equivalent experience in instructional design, teaching and learning in higher education, educational technology, training and development, and/or a related field.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Experience and knowledge of instruction within post-secondary institutions, including professional development activities to improve teaching practices
  • Competency in applying evidenced-informed teaching practices, strategies, and approaches
  • Advanced knowledge of tools within learning management systems and commonly used educational technologies in post-secondary teaching and learning environments

SKILLS

  • Demonstrated competencies in creating instructional resources
  • Experience working and communicating effectively with diverse individuals
  • Effective communication skills, including: the ability to actively listen, communicate ideas clearly and professionally (in email, in meetings, in private and public situations)
  • Meets deadlines and adheres to agreements with supervisor and the team
  • Respectful of others’ time, expertises, and positions
  • Demonstrates respect for diverse individuals at all levels of position within the Unit and the University 
  • Gives and receives feedback in professional and productive ways

ABILITIES & ATTRIBUTES

  • Conducts themself professionally with colleagues in the Centre and with instructors across a wide range of contexts within the University
  • Participates effectively in teams with colleagues in support of a collective goal
  • Cultivates trust and can be trusted to work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Positive attitude, including: optimism, openness, encouraging, and enthusiastic about their work and the work of others in the Centre

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, these positions each offer a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $63,392 - $105,648.

A complete application package for either of these positions will include: your resume/cv; a cover letter outlining what in your background sets you up for success in one (or both) of these roles; your Statement of Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; and the names of three references.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.