Director of Teaching Innovation
Company: Harvard University
Posted on: September 23, 2022
The Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning (HILT) is
seeking a Director of Teaching Innovation. This role will provide
leadership and vision for the HILT program and teaching and
learning activities across Harvard as well as oversight of the HILT
team, portfolio of activities, and events.Launched in 2011 through
a generous gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, -HILT's mission is to
-catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at
Harvard. Through its role within the -Office of the Vice Provost
for Advances in Learning (VPAL), HILT coordinates activities and
events across the University and collaborates with teaching and
learning centers to build on Harvard's strengths in teaching and
learning; strengthen the science of learning, and foster a robust
network of innovation in instruction. Innovations launched under
HILT engage Harvard instructors in renewing and improving their
teaching; provide tangible benefits to student learning, and make
teaching and learning efforts more visible and more relevant across
campus.Position DescriptionCore Duties and Responsibilities:Given
the rapid transformation of teaching and learning methods, styles,
and practices since 2020, the Director of Teaching Innovation will
serve an especially critical and strategic role over the next
several years. The Director of Teaching and Innovation will report
jointly to the Managing Director and to the HILT Faculty Director,
and will oversee the HILT team and a portfolio of activities with
responsibilities including the following:
- Developing and scaling an incubator program by creating space,
resources, and workshops for faculty to learn and experiment with
creating blending learning experiences.
- Providing leadership across the University by liaising with
Deans of Schools, faculty, and academic professional colleagues in
the schools to design and lead the implementation of an innovative
program or set of programs.
- Collaborating with the Harvard Alumni Association, the Director
will identify needs and gaps in alumni programming related to
lifelong learning and develop new events, materials, and online
content for alumni accordingly.
- Providing deep subject matter expertise in the evidence of best
practices in teaching and learning and serving as a
well-established professional of teaching and learning, recognized
as an authoritative source of information based on his or her
experience in the field.
- Inspiring others to adopt best practices while keeping an open
mind and possessing the diplomacy, flexibility, and nuance to
understand reasons for reluctance to change among faculty and
- Working effectively with a range of individuals at very
different stages of their careers and from very different academic
traditions (both arts and sciences and professional schools) by
"meeting them where they are,"; shaping the dialogue for collective
engagement even while customizing messages to meet the specific
needs of intended audiences.
- Providing leadership and oversight for organizing VPAL events
and outreach activities with Harvard and external partners related
to HILT initiatives and projects, including a portfolio of teaching
and learning and programmatic events, the annual HILT conference,
targeted speaker series and Signature Events, faculty dinner, and
lunch series, and others.
- Providing vision and editorial authority for the faculty-facing
Into Practice e-communication that goes to 17,000 plus instructors
affiliated with the University.
- -Managing stakeholders and developing partnerships; providing
guidance in sometimes complex situations while maintaining positive
relationships with partners.
- Advising VPAL senior leaders on substantive matters,
integrating lessons learned from the above cross-school programming
activities with other VPAL activities, and helping to set the
future direction of Harvard's ongoing work to innovate in teaching
and learning.Basic QualificationsCandidates MUST meet the following
basic qualifications to be considered for this role:
- Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in the education
- Master's degree in teaching or a related field
- Direct supervisory experience.
- Experience working directly with senior leadership.Additional
Qualifications and Skills
- Experience developing programming for teaching and learning
audiences, serving as an expert source of information for faculty,
and developing long-term trusted relationships with faculty from
- Demonstrated teaching/instructional experience, preferably in
- Demonstrated experience in the design of instructional
- Demonstrated strategic thinking, negotiation, and change
management skills in a mission-driven organization.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including
public speaking and presentation skills.
- Excellent management and interpersonal skills and the ability
to work seamlessly with various constituency groups, as both a
manager and a collaborator.
- Experience working and communicating with a wide range of
high-level internal and external constituents, including
- Self-motivated and entrepreneurial.
- Creative. Solutions-oriented.
- Passionate about improving teaching and learning.
- Team player.
- Collaborative mindset and an innovative approach to teaching
- Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and work with team
members with a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of
expertise.Working ConditionsIndividual flexible work options for
this role, including hybrid, will be discussed during the interview
process. All work must be performed in a state where Harvard is
registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT).
-Additional InformationThis is a three-year term position with the
possibility of extension.Your cover letter and resume should be
submitted as a combined SINGLE DOCUMENT under the resume tab.
VPAL is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
PLEASE NOTE: The University requires all Harvard community members
to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with
COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine &
Booster Requirements Individuals may claim exemption from the
vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More
information regarding the University's COVID vaccination
requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may
be found on the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information"
About the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
(VPAL)The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning seeks
to shape the future of education by discovering new ways to build
the competence, curiosity, and confidence of learners on our
campuses and around the world. We create engaging and scalable
learning experiences, cultivate inspiring ideas, and connect a
global community of learners-while developing tools, technologies,
platforms, and policies to reduce friction throughout the learning
lifecycle. To learn more, visit http://vpal.harvard.edu .VPAL is
committed to convening and nurturing a diverse community dedicated
to promoting inclusive excellence and leadership in teaching and
learning. We celebrate, welcome, and honor all backgrounds,
cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives,
beliefs, and values. We strive to ensure that all feel included in
our mission, our work, and our learning inside and outside our
organization. We affirm that inclusivity and belonging are the
foundations of excellence.Perks and BenefitsHarvard University
offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
- Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits starting on your first
- University-funded retirement plans
- Tuition Assistance Program
- Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
- Health and wellness discounts, memberships, and programsFull
time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week. -Commitment to
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and BelongingHarvard University views
equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to
achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where
everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws
upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and
diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied
backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences,
perspectives, beliefs, and values.EEO StatementWe are an equal
opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected
veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and
pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected
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