Teaching and Learning Specialist

  • Title: Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Class: Academic Professional
  • Exempt Status: Exempt
  • Level: 5

Job Summary

Under the direction of management and in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Excellence team, 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 faculty mentoring opportunities, 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 faculty mentoring opportunities. 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 and implements faculty instructional effectiveness assessment strategies and programming.
  5. Actively recruits educators to showcase and share instructional practices and teaching philosophies to build communities of practice; 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, with a focus on culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching; develops tools and resources for faculty members.
  7. Serves as a liaison to community and regional organizations and foundations that can contribute to faculty effectiveness and the program objectives.
  8. Develops program materials to support faculty effectiveness; refers, advises, or assists faculty in designing materials to support instructional effectiveness.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. Ability to provide own transportation to and from campuses and/or offsite functions may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Student Development, Curriculum Development, Professional Development, Training and Development, Instructional Design, Communications, Social Science or related field.  Relevant experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Four years of professional work experience in a K-12 or post-secondary education environment is required.  Demonstrated experience teaching, developing, coaching, training, or mentoring adult professionals in an educational setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Adult learning theory, culturally responsive teaching, critical race theory, anti-racist pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum development;
  • Emerging trends and best practices in education and professional development;
  • Teaching methods, techniques, and styles;
  • Learning styles;
  • Available college resources;
  • Data gathering and analysis techniques.
Skills in:
  • Adapting to rapidly changing environments and commitment to reflective practices, continuous learning and improvement;
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of methods to interrupt systems of oppression;
  • Handling multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and making recommendations in support of goals;
  • 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;
  • Building partnerships among faculty to engage and drive innovation and learning excellence.
Ability 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.

Revised: 5/2023

  • Reviewed: 12/2018
  • New: 11/2016