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Assistant Director for Undergraduate Instructional Development

Job Description:
The Assistant Director for Undergraduate Instructional Development will support Brown undergraduates in their teaching capacities by contributing to Sheridan Center programs, services and publications. The Assistant Director will work in close collaboration with the director and other Sheridan staff to:

  • contribute to the Learning Commons initiative, as articulated in Brown’s strategic plan (Building on Distinction), by developing, teaching, and refining a course or modules on the theory and practice of problem solving
  • develop, implement, and evaluate a new Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, working in close collaboration with departments
  • consult with undergraduate teaching assistants and curricular peer mentors about teaching; and consult with faculty and graduate students about  working effectively with undergraduate teaching assistants
  • work in collaboration with Sheridan staff to develop synergies between undergraduate, faculty, and TA-focused initiatives around evidence-based teaching and learning, responsive to a diverse student body
  • develop online and print resources to build capacity around undergraduate teaching and mentorship

Job Qualifications

  • Required:  M.A. or M.S.
  • Preferred:  Ph.D. in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math); STEM education (e.g., engineering education); or another field with a research focus related to postsecondary problem-solving capacities and supports


  • Required: 1-2 years of related experience required, including experience in educational development or learning support (experience in STEM-focused educational development or learning support preferred) and postsecondary teaching experience, with a record of fostering student achievement
  • Required: Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, such as teaching, research, or educational development experience that involves working effectively with a diverse student and faculty population
  • Preferred: Experience teaching or researching problem-solving capacities and supports in a postsecondary context
  • Preferred: Experience working in or collaborating with a student success center
  • Preferred: Teaching or educational development experience in digital learning

Job Competencies

  • Strong undergraduate teaching skills and understanding of the classroom experiences of underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students in institutions of higher education, especially institutions that are highly selective
  • Consulting with instructors about instructional and curricular issues
  • Designing and leading workshops and programs about evidence-based teaching and learning
  • Facility with work in a collaborative environment, as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to successfully plan, implement and evaluate programs and events
  • Strong administrative skills and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with administrators, faculty, students, and staff
  • Facility with digital learning tools
  • Conversant with the literature on educational development, research on problem solving, inclusive teaching and/or digital learning
  • Effective mentorship skills and dispositions, informed by higher education student development theory and practice
  • Reflective, committed to ongoing professional development, and open to feedback
  • Comfort with organizational change processes

 Background Check - Criminal/Educational

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, sex, sex orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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