Assistant Director for Curriculum [Education Program Spec 2]
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 62,000.00 - 75,000.00
Internal Number: 355515
Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Assistant Director for Curriculum
The Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for promoting and ensuring teaching, learning, assessment and program excellence in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication (HSJMC).
Duties include responsibility for managing, developing and implementing high-quality curriculum and instructional delivery, quality assurance programs and outcome assessments, and for the overall management of the unit’s three undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, and academic and professional graduate programs.
The Assistant Director oversees the day-to-day functions and operations of the HSJMC relating to adjunct, P&A, contract faculty, and graduate faculty concerns, liaising closely with administrative staff and program leadership related to schedule coordination, curriculum and course changes, and evaluation in support of undergraduate education.
This appointment is a Professional & Academic employee position and is 100% time over 12 months. Salary range: $62,000-$75,000.
Teaching Appointment Administration (40%)
Identify instructional staffing needs for each academic term for instructors, section leaders and teaching assistants; coordinate application and selection process.
Provide information regarding the TA funding options for new and continuing graduate students from a variety of different backgrounds.
Assign faculty to classes (~100 sections per regular academic terms; ~20 in summer term), classrooms and labs for each academic term. Recommend P&A, contract faculty, and tenure/tenure-track faculty course assignments to Director and Associate Director. Troubleshoot any scheduling issues. Determine instructional hiring needs for upcoming terms. Work with the Associate Director of Student Services on TA assignments for the undergraduate curriculum. All scheduling assignments must meet budget requirements.
Identify necessary revisions/updates to current courses required for scheduling (online, blended, remote options). Lead process for CLA modality change approval in coordination with academic leadership in the unit.
Primary responsibility for recruiting, hiring, and training approximately 40 adjunct faculty each year with support of the office manager. Responsibilities include ensuring peer review of teaching, annual performance evaluations and recruiting and assigning full-time faculty to mentor individual adjunct faculty for the contract period.
â— Lead the recruitment and hiring process of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellows. Work with major-specific curriculum coordinators and instructors each semester to identify courses for DEI Fellow placement. Review applications and interview potential candidates and make recommendations for hiring.
Responsible for supervising and overseeing attendance of adjunct, P&A, contract faculty, and tenure/tenure-track facultyand ensuring establishedlearning outcomes are incorporated in courses. Reviews school syllabi for adherence to unit and university policies and establishedcourse requirements.
â— Provide leadership support with managing instructor absences/leaves. This includes finding alternative instructors and/or scheduling course sections during terms outside of an instructor’s leave.
Collaborate with administrative management and office manager to ensure all instructors have adequate office space
Collaborate with the DGS and professional program director to schedule graduate seminars and place graduate faculty in scheduled courses.
Curriculum Academic Administration (25%)
Work with faculty and staff on curricular planning, management, and improvement.
Serve as a resource for instructors to coordinate instructional training
Collaborate with Associate Director and other parties as needed to address and resolve curricular and instruction issues.
Review and refine Hubbard’s courses offered by collaborating with the School's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
Serve as a resource to Faculty on New Course Proposals and other curricular change processes, including submitting faculty course proposals in ECAS (Electronic Course Authorization System) and course scheduling in CCS (Collaborative Course Scheduling).
Plan course offerings for each academic term while considering faculty teaching plans, undergraduate and graduate program needs, enrollment targets, and budget resources.
Track enrollments relative to College enrollment targets in order to forecast future course offerings.
Propose creative course delivery approaches to enhance student learning within budgetary limits.
Responsible for JOUR 4999 Capstone curriculum, updating and maintaining Canvas site, providing curriculum to instructors, mentoring instructors during instructional term, and instructor recruitment and hiring each semester. Aggregating direct and in-direct accreditation student data obtained in course. Provide aggregated data to HSJMC Student Services.
Lead and coordinate press badge process for all reporting courses in the journalism curriculum
Lead planning for the digital medialabs/technology-supported learning in skills courses to ensure instructional needs are met, including software and computers.
Curriculum Development and Implementation (25%)
Manage and work with faculty, Associate Director of Student Services, and Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to review, co-create, develop and implement new curricular innovation to ensure that students have the core knowledge, skills, and values to be exceptional journalists, strategic communicators, and leaders in journalism, mass and strategic communication
Lead development of new course proposals and special topics proposals. Coach and provide oversight to faculty members proposing new or special topics courses to ensure course objectives and syllabi meet CLA, University, and ACEJMC accreditation standards. Provide proposals to the DUS or Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), ensure proposals are on relevant committee agendas for faculty vote. Once faculty approval is obtained, work with Associate Director of Student Services to submit proposal via ECAS and lead coordination with CLA, CI&A, and CCC as needed (e.g., College or University requires changes to course proposals)
Oversight of the liberal education (LE) curriculum, including the large “context” courses, in partnership with the DUS and Director for Student Services to ensure continuous compliance with liberal education goals.
Develop instructional guidelines and help coordinate related instructional and assessment activities
Serve on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and all curricular subcommittees, including serving as chair, as needed. Provide oversight to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee on budgetary/personnel impacts with curriculum changes. Serve as HSJMC representative on relevant collegiate groups, as needed.
Accreditation and Assessment (10%)
â— Lead unit’s curriculum assessment plan for ACEJMC accreditation. Coordinate with journalism and strategic communication curriculum coordinators in annual assessment of courses. Provide leadership to set goals and benchmarks for assessment. Initiate annual faculty curriculum assessment retreat. Co-create retreat program and materials for faculty review. Create mechanisms for measuring curriculum changes which “close the loop” (required by accrediting body). Prepare final annual curriculum accreditation reports and lead draft preparation of self-reflection of curriculum assessment for re-accreditation.
Identify and support course-level compliance with ACEJMC’s core values and competencies. Audit syllabi each semester to verify instructors include relevant values and competencies. Develop curriculum mapping of values and competencies and update annually.
Contribute to unit committees in support of accreditation goals.
Advanced degree in relevant field, with at least 4 years of experience, or a BA/BS with at least 6 years of relevant post degree experience.
Experience with budget and project management.
Experience manipulating and reporting data.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills.
Experience and engagement with underrepresented populations.
PhD in any Social Science field with 6 years teaching and administrative experience
Collegiate level teaching experience and knowledge of how University curriculum is administered preferred
Experience working with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
Proven financial, administrative, operations, leadership, and supervision skills, with a collaborative management and work style.
Demonstrated commitment to working with individuals and groups from a variety of different backgrounds.
Experience with curriculum planning, course scheduling/staffing, relevant IT systems, and teaching.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and communicate complex issues from multiple frames of reference and perspectives.
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