Full-Time Staff Positions
The Associate Director at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching helps lead the center’s efforts to
promote and enhance university teaching and learning across the Vanderbilt campus. The Associate
Director leads and oversees a variety of faculty and educational development programs and services at
the center and provides strategic direction for the center in collaboration with the center’s Executive
Director, to whom the Associate Director reports. The Associate Director works collaboratively with
senior and support staff at the center, as well as others involved in the university’s teaching mission,
including faculty and administrative leaders.
With a deep familiarity of trends and challenges in the field, the Associate Director leads and equips
staff at the Center for Teaching to provide professional development for faculty and other instructors at
the university, while working with the Office of the Provost and other partners across campus to foster
institutional structures and resources that support effective teaching at Vanderbilt.
The Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching was founded in 1986 and currently has fourteen full-time
staff positions, as well as four graduate student fellows. The mission of the Vanderbilt University Center
for Teaching is to promote university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning. By helping
members of the Vanderbilt community become more effective teachers, the Center for Teaching
supports the educational mission of the university and enhances the learning experiences of its
students. The CFT offers a variety of professional development programs and opportunities for faculty
and graduate students at Vanderbilt, and CFT senior staff have excellent relationships with individual
instructors and with departments, programs, and schools.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Plan and oversee CFT programming and offerings for the Vanderbilt teaching community, including flagship faculty development programs, technology-focused programs (Brightspace support, digital media services), and graduate student programs.
- Manage CFT personnel, including the recruitment, hiring, training, and professional development of CFT staff, as well as building a shared sense of mission, fostering intra-staff collaboration, and mentoring managers within the CFT staff.
- Consulting with campus leaders, including department chairs and school deans, on program and campus teaching and learning projects, such as curriculum design and assessment, active and inclusive teaching practices, and the assessment of teaching, and occasionally consulting with individual instructors about their teaching.
- Engaging in significant scholarly work on teaching and learning, including contributions to disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational research literature and participation in national conversations on education and educational development.
- Assisting the Executive Director in short- and long-range strategic planning for the CFT, including budgeting and staffing decisions, and representing the CFT in the absence of the Executive Director.
- Teaching credit-bearing courses at Vanderbilt, typically one course per year in the Associate Director’s home discipline, pending approval from the relevant department and school.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A Master’s degree is required
- A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience is required
- A Ph.D. is preferred
- Significant university teaching experience
- Background as a faculty member at a college or university
- Educational development experience with faculty and graduate students
- Strong consultation, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Contributions to and knowledge of the scholarly literature on teaching and learning in higher education
- Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university
- Experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational development programs
- Experience supervising and managing personnel
- Experience developing and working with budgets
Applications are now open on the Work @ Vanderbilt website.
Digital Media Manager
The Digital Media Manager will promote effective teaching through digital media across campus. The position will be shared between the Center for Teaching (CFT) and the Office of Digital Education (ODE). Through the Center for Teaching, the Digital Media Manager will oversee the CFT’s digital media services, which include two studio spaces and a digital media specialist. These services are intended to help faculty and other instructors create and use digital media, particularly video and audio, in their teaching. Through the Office of Digital Education, the Digital Media Manager will build highly engaging online learning experiences using digital media. As the ODE expert on video production and editing, the Digital Media Manager will lead the end-to-end production of high-quality video-based learning materials for online educational programs at Vanderbilt. The Digital Media Manager will work collaboratively with staff from both the CFT and ODE as well as others involved in supporting teaching through digital media at the university.
The Office of Digital Education (ODE) is a central unit dedicated to enabling the successful delivery of Vanderbilt’s online and hybrid programs. ODE sits within the Office of Faculty Affairs. This role is line managed by the Director of ODE who reports to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. ODE works closely with the Office of the Chancellor, academic leadership in the Provost’s Office and in the schools and colleges, the Office of Data Governance and Strategy, and other administrative units across campus.
The Center for Teaching (CFT) promotes university teaching that leads to meaningful student learning. By helping members of the Vanderbilt community become more effective teachers, the Center for Teaching supports the educational mission of the university and enhances the learning experiences of its students. The CFT offers a variety of professional development programs and opportunities for faculty and graduate students at Vanderbilt, and CFT senior staff have excellent relationships with individual instructors and with departments, programs, and schools.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Managing the Center for Teaching’s digital media services, including audio-video equipment, studio spaces, and software used by CFT staff and by the Vanderbilt teaching community.
- Supervising the Center for Teaching’s digital media staff, who provide training and support for Vanderbilt faculty and others creating digital media at the CFT’s studio spaces.
- Designing and facilitating professional development events for faculty and other instructors, with a particular emphasis creating digital media for use in teaching, both for the entire campus community and for particular departments and units.
- Providing and overseeing digital media production services in support of CFT offerings, including website administration, multimedia content creation, and graphic design for online and print publicity.
- Leading digital media consultations with faculty developing new online courses through ODE, providing expertise on video production best practices, scripting, and visuals.
- Overseeing the ODE production process for online video lectures, directing video shoots, managing set design, and coaching faculty on-set.
- Managing post-production for high-quality video-based learning materials developed through ODE, leading video editing, motion graphics and animation creation.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.
- Further education in a relevant field is preferred.
- At least 4 years of relevant experience is necessary.
- Significant digital media production experience, including video and audio editing, is required.
- Advanced proficiency in video editing software is necessary.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community is necessary.
- Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information is necessary.
- Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university is preferred.
- Experience managing teams or personnel is preferred.
Applications are now open on the Work @ Vanderbilt website.