Director, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Office of the Provost
http://www.auburn.edu/biggio/

Auburn University invites nominations and applications for an outstanding individual to serve as the Director of the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (Biggio Center). The Director will play a key role in continuing the Center’s established tradition of excellence in faculty development in teaching and learning, including achieving key elements of the University strategic plan: http://ocm.auburn.edu/strategic_plan/.
 
The Biggio Center, founded 10 years ago with an endowment from the Biggio family, supports professional development of faculty across all career stages and graduate students from all disciplines. The role of the Center is growing, and it is now being called upon to assist faculty with new instructional delivery methods, the usage of technology including mobile platforms, flipped classrooms, and active learning. The Center staff includes about a dozen talented professionals in instructional support, faculty support, testing services and educational technology. The Biggio Center reporting units include the Office of Distance Learning & Testing Services as well as the Instructional Multimedia Group.

The position will be a 12-month, administrative, non-tenure track faculty appointment. The Director will report to the Associate Provost.

 Responsibilities:

  • Provide innovative leadership in developing and promoting excellence in teaching and learning at Auburn, including strategic planning and implementation for the Center that is tied to university strategic plan.

  • Support continued excellence in Center programs such as New Faculty Orientation, New Faculty Scholars, Preparing Future Faculty, Instructional Feedback, Instructional Design, Instructional Grants, Distance Learning and Testing Services. 

  • Oversee the management, staffing, budgeting, related to the programs of the Center.

  • Collaborate with appropriate University offices, support units and services to support excellence in eLearning, including online environments as well as mobile platforms in traditional settings.

  • Manage the integration of the Instructional Multimedia Group (IMG) into the Biggio Center.  The IMG was formerly a part of the Office of Information Technology, and provides support to faculty related to the Canvas LMS, clickers, and other instructionally oriented technology.

  • Consult and collaborate with instructional leaders on campus who contribute to or have needs for faculty development.

  • Assist faculty in identifying grants and other funding sources related to teaching and learning.

  • Contribute to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through presentations, publications and other appropriate venues.

  • Represent the University among the communities of teaching and learning centers and programs nationally and internationally.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctorate; five years of administrative experience in higher education; five years of experience in college teaching; demonstrated excellence in leadership skills; proven skills in managing the efficient operation of staff and office functions; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated competence in working in partnership with university instructors and academic units; knowledge of emerging technologies and pedagogies (e.g., flipped, blended,  online learning, mobile platforms) and a documented capacity to contribute to campus efforts in the area of eLearning.

Desired Qualifications: At least ten years’ experience in higher education in a combination of faculty or relevant administrative roles; experience in a teaching and learning center, preferably in a leadership role at a research university, including support of faculty and graduate student professional development programs and services; experience in the advancement of undergraduate and/or graduate education through research and innovation; record of participation in national organizations on teaching and faculty development; research, publications, and external grants in the area of teaching and learning and faculty development; experience in leading the implementation of instructional and pedagogical approaches that use technology to enhance student learning.

To apply:
While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are highly encouraged to submit their materials (letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers and addresses of 3 current references) to:
 http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/457 by May 16, 2014 to assure optimal consideration. 

For details please see:  http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/

Please contact:

George Flowers
Search Committee Chair
202C Hargis Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: (334) 844-4375
Email: flowegt@auburn.edu

with any questions regarding the position.

Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report ratings of undergraduate programs, it was ranked 40th among public universities. Auburn is an institution that is both highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence offering Bachelor's, First Professional, Master's, Educational Specialist, and Doctor's degrees. Its Fall 2013 enrollment of over 24,864 students includes approximately 19,799 undergraduates, and 5,065 graduate students. There are 1,184 full-time instructional faculty members distributed across nine Colleges and three Schools, with degrees offered in more than 200 academic programs. The city of Auburn is a thriving intellectual community located approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL, and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery).

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment.
Auburn University an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Last Updated: April 5, 2014