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Teaching and Learning Specialist

Title: Teaching and Learning Specialist

Class: Academic Professional

Exempt Status: Exempt

Level: 5

Job Summary

Under the direction of management, the Teaching & Learning Specialist provides assessment and professional development services to part and full-time faculty to ensure optimal student outcomes and success. Develops, improves, and implements a faculty mentor program, professional development activities, trainings, and curriculum. The Teaching & Learning Specialist mentors, trains, and coaches faculty in best practices, PCC policy, and broader legislative climate. Applies best practices of pedagogy, various curriculum delivery methods and professional development to improve faculty effectiveness.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops and implements a mentorship program. Coordinates the delivery of information and assistance to faculty seeking support.
  2. Works collaboratively with faculty to develop and implement effective, student centered teaching strategies.
  3. Provides one-on-one consultation with faculty members to address the challenges of teaching as compared to working in industry.  Gives guidance on adult learning theory and practice.
  4. Develops, improves, and implements a faculty instructional effectiveness assessment program.
  5. Actively recruits among faculty for program participants who model different teaching styles and methods; works with Department Chairs, Deans, and others to reach out to faculty who would benefit from the program.
  6. Researches higher education teaching best practices and develops tools and resources for faculty members.
  7. May develop course curriculum and deliver instruction.
  8. Serves as a liaison to community and regional organizations and foundations that can contribute to faculty effectiveness and the program objectives.
  9. Develops program materials to support faculty effectiveness; refers, advises, or assists faculty in designing materials to support instructional effectiveness.
  10. Assists faculty in finding and employing available PCC resources; acts as a liaison with PCC departments, faculty, and staff to provide information on program services.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily. Travel within and around the PCC service district requires the ability to drive and use of a personal vehicle.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Student Development, Curriculum Development, Professional Development, Training, or related field, or Bachelor’s degree in any field and two years of experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement. Four years of experience in a post-secondary environment teaching, developing, coaching, training, or mentoring faculty.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Adult learning theory, needs assessment, curriculum development and evaluation;
  • Emerging trends and best practices in education and professional development;
  • Teaching methods, techniques, and styles;
  • Learning styles;
  • Available college resources;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.

Skill in:

  • Adapting to rapidly changing environments;
  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Monitoring and evaluating programs;
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and making recommendations in support of goals;
  • Monitoring legal and regulatory changes;
  • Mediating conflict;
  • Maintaining confidentiality;
  • Analyzing processes and practices and making recommendations for improvement;
  • Researching, analyzing, and applying relevant information to the development of departmental processes and programs;
  • Coordinating activities with other internal departments and/or external agencies;
  • Preparing a variety of reports related to operational activities, including statistical analysis.

Able to:

  • Work effectively with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff, and members of the community;
  • Use computer technology for communication, data gathering, and reporting;
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written media.

Reviewed: 12/2018

New: 11/2016