Educational Developer, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning
As part of a set of institutional commitments to transformative, inclusive, high-impact learning, George Mason University's Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for an Educational Developer with a specialization in inclusive and equitable pedagogies, course design, and faculty development.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academically and culturally inclusive environment.
This position will provide faculty-development leadership for the creation, implementation, and assessment of programs for faculty as they align their course designs and pedagogies to support our school-wide, five-year Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence initiative. This position will also provide faculty-development coordination for the university's Quality Enhancement Plan: Transformative Education Through Anti-Racist Community Engagement. Finally, this position will support the ongoing activities and mission of the Stearns Center. The position will report to the Director for Teaching Excellence within the Stearns Center.
In partnership with the Stearns Center team, develop, implement, and assess programs to enhance inclusive, accessible, and equitable teaching at all course levels, across course modalities (in-person, hybrid, and online), and among all instructor types (graduate instructor, adjunct faculty, and full-time faculty);
Coordinate with, and provide faculty-development leadership for, campus-wide initiatives related to inclusive excellence, and collaborate with college and school leaders in designing and assessing local support for faculty in these areas;
Develop and share resources to improve inclusive, accessible, and equitable teaching and learning; and
Provide inclusive-teaching resources to integrate with ongoing Stearns Center initiatives (e.g., Continuing Professional Development workshops, Course ReDesign Academies, Faculty Orientations, Writing Across the Curriculum, Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Online Course Design).
A Ph.D. or Ed.D. is required; or any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Ph.D. or Ed.D;
Some (generally at least two years) college-level teaching experience; and
Some (generally at least one year) leadership or strong active role in inclusive excellence faculty development programming.
The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the following:
Demonstrated success working with faculty on teaching and learning approaches, particularly in relation to issues of inclusion, access, and equity;
Knowledge and understanding of current professional development approaches specifically around the development, implementation, and assessment of inclusive and equitable teaching practices;
A strong commitment to educational excellence and to new ideas and approaches for strengthening teaching and student learning;
A record of teaching excellence as an instructional faculty member, including experience with courses where practices and content engaged students in inclusive and equitable learning;
Demonstrated expertise in promoting teaching effectiveness and inclusive practices in undergraduate and graduate programs;
General knowledge and understanding of current educational practices in faculty and graduate student development, teaching, and assessment;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain collaborative and confidential relationships; and
We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, inquisitive, detail-oriented, creative, ethical, and prepared to thrive in our busy, diverse, and collaborative environment.
Candidates will be particularly competitive for this position if they have experience/expertise in one or more of the following:
Planning, implementing, or leading extended faculty development programming at the university level;
Teaching and research directly related to issues of inclusivity, accessibility, and/or equity;
Teaching in social science, health science, and/or business/management courses;
Supporting faculty from historically under-represented groups; and/or
Facilitating learning across multiple course modalities.
George Mason University:
George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. As the largest public, comprehensive public university in Virginia, with nearly 40,000 students, 78 undergraduate majors, 94 master's programs, 38 doctoral programs, and a law school, Mason continues to expand on all fronts essential to a leading global university, i.e., academic programs and programming, new construction on all three of our Virginia campuses and program expansion on our Korea campus, innovative international initiatives, and more.
George Mason is home to one of the country's most diverse student populations: our undergraduate student body is majority-minority, and upwards of 80 languages can be heard on campus at any given time. We also serve as a campus center with the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiative from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and have recently partnered with the American Council of Education's Internationalization Laboratory.
George Mason's Fairfax and Arlington campuses are a short metro ride away from Washington, D.C.'s public museums, the Library of Congress, and a thriving arts and theater scene. Community members can also experience wonderful theater, opera, and dance at our Center for the Arts (Fairfax campus) and Hylton Performing Arts Center (Science and Technology campus). For outdoor enthusiasts, the campus is in close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay and two hours from the ocean.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
• Widen your outlook of the world,
• Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
• Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
• Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.
Social and Cultural Venues.
Our venues bring world-class performances to the community through vibrant concerts and events. Community members are invited to take part in many artistic and cultural offerings at Mason. Spaces are also available to rent for your next event.