Center for Teaching and Learning

Position Announcement ‐ Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Date: 4/12/21

We seek applications and nominations from UW faculty, librarians, and staff for the position of Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Over the past decade, the Center has been dedicated to supporting the UW teaching community by offering services and programs that are grounded in research, draw on established pedagogical approaches, and promote innovation. This work is deeply collaborative in nature.

The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Academic & Student Affairs and is a member of the Academic & Student Affairs (ASA) Leadership Team. In this position, the Director leads a staff of approximately 8-10 FTE and works closely with faculty, librarians, administrators, staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral candidates to sustain and enrich the teaching and learning environment at the UW. The Director provides substantive leadership and coordination for campus-wide, centrally supported teaching and learning
initiatives. In addition, the Director is responsible for oversight of Center budgets and resources.

The responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Lead a vibrant Center that provides high-quality, campus-wide instructional support services founded on evidenced-based approaches to teaching, learning, and mentoring.
  • Continue developing and offering innovative programs (e.g., Teaching Technology Fellows Institute) that support instructors as they adopt and implement evidence-based practices.
  • Identify campus instructional needs that can and should be addressed centrally.
  • Work closely with other teaching and learning constituencies to support UW instructors in their work.
  • Foster synergistic collaborations with other teaching and learning support teams (e.g., Academic Technologies, UW-IT, UW Libraries Teaching & Learning Group, OMAD’s Instructional Center, etc.).
  • Partner with campus leadership in the creation of new revenue streams for the Center, particularly through collaborations with UW Advancement, and through external grants.

This is an academic administrative position with an 11 or 12-month appointment. Salary will be based on the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Qualifications include:

  • Full-time academic appointment at the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma).
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively about and advocate effectively for teaching and learning.
  • Familiarity with new trends and emerging practices in teaching and learning. A broad understanding of the changing nature of teaching and learning at UW, and the role that demographics, technology, and generational changes may bring in the next decade.
  • Proven track record of innovation and new program implementation. Willingness to design programs that engage philanthropists and the public around the importance of teaching and learning at UW. Knowledge of faculty and student needs and interests.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to focus and set priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting departments as they build, center, and sustain equitable learning environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative management environment and to function effectively as a member of a leadership team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; engaged commitment to organization development and mentoring.
  • Energy, creativity, and affinity for productive ambiguity.
  • Excellent public speaking skills, preferably with experience making presentations to associations, faculty, students, funders/donors, and other groups.
  • Record of research, publication, and professional contributions.
  • Demonstrated record of exemplary leadership.

Application process:

  1. Applications consist of the following:
    1. A letter of application
    2. A CV
    3. The names and contact information for three references
  2. The above materials should be submitted electronically (combined as a single PDF or MS Word document) to
  3. All application materials must be received by 5 PM on May 31, 2021. This is a firm deadline; in fairness to all nominators, no exceptions or extensions will be granted.
  4. Questions may be sent to Philip Reid via