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Assistant Director, Faculty Programs and Services

  • Requisition no: 504053
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Grade: Grade 12
  • Categories: Libraries

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Faculty Programs & Services, the Assistant Director promotes the professional development and improves the effectiveness of faculty, postdoctoral, adjunct, and other instructors by providing them with pedagogical programs, consultations, and resources to advance teaching and learning at Columbia. The Assistant Director will establish working relationships with these populations through the design and implementation of new faculty orientations, institutes, workshops, and other programming informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning. The incumbent will conduct consultations and classroom observation services as well as a provide assistance in the areas of course design, instructional design and delivery customized to subject area domains of faculty teaching at Columbia.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides professional development and supports services for Columbia faculty and teaching assistants, and partners with faculty, departments, and schools to improve and advance teaching performance, implement best practices, and promote innovations in pedagogy, curriculum design and the use of instructional technology. Center for Teaching and Learning understands teaching as a critical practice, driven by inquiry, experimentation, reflection, and collaboration. CTL promote pedagogy that is inclusive, learner-centered, and research-based.


  • Designs, implements, and assesses programming for faculty (such as orientations, institutes, workshops, seminars, communities of practice, and other offerings) that meet teaching and learning needs and challenges, and engage participants in reflection on and conversations about teaching and learning principles and practices informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning, educational development, and cognitive psychology. Supports curricula tailored to the needs of faculty, departments, schools or programs, whether delivered in-person (through programs), a hybrid or online format (e.g. seminars, self-paced courses).
  • Designs and disseminates pedagogical resources. Creates teaching guides and other online materials for the CTL website, programs and services, both for the entire Columbia instructional community and customized for particular schools, departments, or programs.
  • Consults with faculty on a range of pedagogical and professional topics (such as course design, assessment of learning, teaching statements, teaching evaluation, etc.) and projects, engaging them in critical reflection on their teaching and their students' learning. Conducts formative faculty teaching observation. Consults with schools, departments, or programs, on curriculum design, pedagogies, and addressing other teaching and learning needs. Cultivates partnerships on campus to identify new needs and opportunities for teaching support.
  • Contributes to the work of the CTL including internally (such as processes, staff professional development, ongoing assessment, priority initiatives, and collaborations) and externally (through outreach, and representing the CTL in on campus and off campus venues). Collaborates with CTL staff on projects and initiatives that integrate pedagogical practices and instructional technologies.
  • Engages with the teaching and learning literature, consider trends, and experiment with innovations as applied to classroom and online learning environments. Identifies and integrates evidence-based practices and resources available beyond Columbia into the work of the CTL. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum  3 - 5 years' of directly related experiences required.
  • University teaching experience and well-developed teaching, research, and assessment skills.
  • Experience in designing, facilitating, and evaluating faculty development programs.
  • Strong consultation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices in the literature on teaching and learning in higher education.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with administrators, academic units, faculty, staff, and other partners.
  • Commitment to diversity in the academic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in academic discipline strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a teaching center.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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