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  • National Institute on Scientific Teaching

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks an exceptional leader to serve as Executive Director of the university’s new Center for Teaching Excellence.

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities. As a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago, it currently enjoys the strongest enrollment growth in Illinois. In 2018, UIC’s enrollment reached 31,683 students, constituting the fourth year of increased enrollment. UIC is on target to continue this trend in Fall 2019.

Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university.

UIC is seeking an Executive Director to start up and lead a new Center for Teaching Excellence that will support all members of the UIC community who have a teaching role, including faculty and teaching assistants at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. The Executive Director, along with an Assistant to the Director, Associate Director for Communications, Associate Director of Instruction, Instructional Designer and various consultants, will build a highly interactive Center that utilizes current university expertise coupled with a vision for how to best support faculty and increase student success. Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs through the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Executive Director will engage UIC faculty and UIC’s community of instructors to assist them in becoming better educators, while focusing on the areas of Instruction, Assessment, Diversity Climate and Social Emotional Factors. The Executive Director will harness the ongoing work of the Student Success Initiative, the Learning Sciences Research Institute, Language and Culture Learning Center and other programs at UIC to support UIC’s teaching mission.

Candidates for Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence must have a Ph.D or equivalent; experience as an administrator in higher education with the possibility of appointment as a faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor; a documented record of past teaching success; evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education; proficiency in the use of teaching and learning technologies; and be well versed in the scholarly literature as it relates to contemporary teaching and learning.

For fullest consideration, please complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Monday, October 7th, addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. James Pellegrino, Professor, Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute.

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