Post-doctoral Instructional Designer in Cognitive Science and Learning
Austin, Texas, USA
University of Texas at Austin
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Terminates on unknown date
Position open to all applicants
Monthly salary $4,166 negotiable depending on qualifications.
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Location Austin (main campus)
Hiring department Ctr Teaching Learning http://ctl.utexas.edu
Number of vacancies 1
This position ends on 8/31/2013 with possibility for renewal. Continuation of the position depends on funding availability.
Required Application Materials
A Resume is required in order to apply
A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.
Purpose of Position
Collaborate with faculty content experts, instructional technologists, assessment specialists, and national education leaders to design curriculum, instructional activities and assessments, drawing on current cognitive science and research about how students learn complex material and succeed in postsecondary settings.
Work in close consultation with program staff and faculty to support the design, development, and integration of effective teaching and learning practices into complex educational innovation projects--including projects that involve strategic cross-institutional collaborations with secondary schools and public school districts as well as colleges and universities. Assist in the organization of data collection and analysis as well as writing reports and presenting findings. Consult with faculty and instructional support staff from UT Austin and other partner institutions, external consultants, and contractors in the areas of: instructional development; the cognitive, motivational, and social dimensions of college student learning; evidence-based teaching; assessment; effective practices in the use of technology for instruction; and implications of current research in curriculum and instruction, cognitive science, and related fields. Play a key role in support of effective teaching by working directly with faculty and instructors from partner institutions to help them improve their practice in the classroom, including in the context of residential professional development institutes or site visits. Assist in other initiatives with the goal of advancing effective instructional design and teaching practices inside and outside the University of Texas at Austin.
Other related functions as assigned.
Doctoral study in Instructional Design, Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Cognitive Science, or a related field or a Master's degree and two years of experience. Experience teaching at the college level. Knowledge of instructional design models, strategies, and techniques that draw on recent research about how students learn complex material. Knowledge of student learning processes and implications for the development of effective instruction. Demonstrated interest in how technology can be used to improve or transform instruction in various ways. Ability to diagnose instructional needs, and design appropriate instructional experiences that may or may not use technology. Ability to develop effective instructional materials for a variety of learning tasks, student characteristics, disciplines, and learning environments. Experience simultaneously coordinating several projects involving different groups of people. Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing. Proficiency in using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Completed terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Instructional Design, Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Cognitive Science, or a related field and 2 years of experience in instructional design or faculty development. Experience successfully consulting with faculty on teaching and learning. Experience teaching in online or hybrid formats. Experience designing, conducting, publishing and presenting educational research. Experience delivering active-learning workshops for faculty and graduate students. Knowledge of current best practices in assessment and instructional technology at the college level. Knowledge of current best practices in faculty/educational development and pedagogy at the college level. Sensitivity to teaching and learning needs at a major research university.
May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.
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