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The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for the Executive Director of UIC’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE). Founded in 2020, CATE supports all of those with teaching responsibilities at UIC, including faculty and graduate student teaching assistants, in adopting evidenced-based, inclusive, and innovative teaching practices to ensure the success of a diverse student body from the undergraduate to graduate and professional student levels. CATE provides resources, consultations, professional learning programs, and certification opportunities to the UIC community, and partners with campus collaborators to support institutional and unit-level projects and initiatives related to the CATE mission.

The Executive Director of CATE will bring a vision for growing and sustaining this dynamic teaching and learning center by building upon its core resources and programming. They will develop and contribute to educational development programs that build capacity for, and community around, evidenced-based, inclusive, and innovative teaching that supports student success; lead a team of experienced educational developers; provide fiscal leadership; collaborate with UIC leadership and faculty to ensure their active engagement and support; and partner with other campus units that support the learning and teaching mission at UIC, including Learning Technology Solutions and the Instructional Design Media Production Studio. They will build on a history of collaborative work with units across campus, have new opportunities to leverage CATE resources and programs to support the development and implementation of grant-funded educational projects, and advocate for institutional transformation around learning and teaching in ways that support UIC’s mission.

Candidates for the Executive Director of CATE must have a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree (e.g., MFA); deep knowledge of professional development programming and the scholarly literature as it relates to evidence-based teaching practices in higher education; evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education; vision for sustaining and growing a dynamic and innovative teaching and learning center; experience as an administrator in higher education; and a documented record of past teaching success.

CATE is housed within the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. The Executive Director will hold a full-time twelve-month administrative appointment, with the possibility of a zero percent time faculty appointment in an academic unit at UIC, at a rank dependent upon qualifications and experience.

For fullest consideration, please complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of educational development, which speaks to one’s philosophy of teaching, learning, and a commitment diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references by Friday, January 5th, addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Scott, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, and Innovation Education Director, UIC Innovation Center.

Please direct nominations, questions, or concerns, regarding the search and/or application process to the search coordinator, Faizan Abid, Confidentiality will be observed in the academic search process.

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