This is a senior-level faculty development position, requiring extensive professional teaching and faculty development experience in a research university setting, with a focus on supporting best practices in both on ground and online instruction across the university. (Teaching or leading training while still a graduate student does not meet this qualification.) This is a 100% full-time, on-site staff position located on USC’s University Park Campus.
Supports the development, establishment, and evaluation of university-wide and school-based teaching initiatives from an evidence-based teaching perspective. Serves as a centralized resource for faculty-led interdisciplinary teaching development projects. Researches, develops, and provides centralized training and resources that support teaching initiatives, as well as rigorous, criterion-based tools for evaluating teaching, all aligned with the criteria in USC’s Definition of Excellence in Teaching. Builds partnerships with other USC support services to collaborate on projects that further enhance teaching excellence.
Serves as a discipline-specific pedagogical specialist in the Social Sciences that consults with assigned schools, departments, individual faculty, graduate students, and instructional support staff. Serves as point of contact for deans, vice deans, and chairs of assigned schools for pedagogical support in teaching and curricular development projects. Analyzes academic programs, courses, and student and faculty input to make recommendations for program/course alignment, curriculum/course design, and instructional strategies, as requested by schools within their discipline. Provides actionable strategies, guiding frameworks, and ongoing support for best practices in teaching and curriculum/course design for onground, online, and blended instruction. Provides recommendations and guidance that is aligned with the priorities of faculty, programs, schools, and the university, and is informed by pedagogical practices that are evidence-based and endorsed by the respective disciplines.
Conducts training needs assessments. Designs and facilitates training sessions for faculty based on individual or group needs (i.e., large-scale university-wide faculty development institutes, school-based seminar series, online modules, workshops, and small group or individual consultations). Researches, develops, distributes, and provides training for customized pedagogical resources that address identified needs. Recommends and implements centralized university support strategies based on trends in school-based needs and pedagogical research. Convenes, leads, and facilitates an advisory group comprising school-based instructional designers from across the university to align school and university pedagogical support efforts, and facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas, research findings, and applications.
Designs, creates, and revises center instructional-support materials using multimedia authoring tools. Develops written resources and learning media for the center website, training events, and newsletters. Plans, creates, and builds training content in the learning management system.
Models and provides basic support for the use of the university-supported learning management systems, video conferencing platforms, and other university-supported e-learning tools as pedagogical tools.
Researches current trends, issues, and developments in instruction, program/course design, and innovative pedagogies. Engages in professional development and conducts research, presents, or publishes on innovative faculty development, instructional, and program/course design practices (with faculty partners whenever possible).
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.