OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR
January 17, 2020
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UC SAN DIEGO
SUBJECT: || Search for the Faculty Director, Teaching + Learning Commons|
I am pleased to invite nominations and applications for the position of
Faculty Director of the Teaching + Learning Commons. We have enlisted
the assistance of the Witt/Kieffer executive search firm to help us
manage this national search. Cheryl Anderson (Professor and Interim
Chair, Family Medicine and Public Health) has agreed to chair the Search
Advisory Committee (membership listed below).
The Faculty Director will provide strategic vision and leadership to
further the mission of the Teaching + Learning Commons to advance
student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic
support, in light of a complex and ever-changing higher education
landscape. The Commons consists of six hubs: Engaged Teaching, Digital
Learning, Academic Achievement, Writing, Experiential Learning and the
Education Research + Assessment. The hubs closely interact, inform, and
mutually reinforce each other. Together, they function as a single
entity embodying the intertwined relationship of teaching and learning.
Through its wide range of programs, services, and research, the Commons
assists all members of the UC San Diego community in developing learning
environments and experiences for their students that encourage
engagement and foster student success.
Under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational
Innovation, the Faculty Director will be a key partner in creating
transformative pedagogical advancements at UC San Diego to provide
equitable, high quality and accessible educational experiences for all
students. The Faculty Director's knowledge and contributions to the
scholarship of teaching and learning will guide faculty in their
advancement of teaching excellence, inside and outside the classroom in
both traditional and digital teaching and learning settings.
Additionally, the Faculty Director's experience supporting undergraduate
and graduate student academic success and professional development will
prove critical as the Commons refines and evolves its student support
offerings. The Faculty Director will serve as a catalyst for
conversations and collaborations amongst faculty, departments and
academic leaders to refine and assess student learning outcomes and to
move educational innovation opportunities from development to
implementation. The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative
appointment accompanied by a full-time appointment of associate
professor or professor, either with tenure as a ladder-rank faculty
member or with or security of employment in the teaching professor
series, and eligible for full university benefits.
Additional details regarding the position and qualifications for the
Faculty Director are outlined in the position profile:
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. Please direct confidential inquiries, applications
and nominations to consultant Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You need not contact the individual to
ascertain if they are willing to be considered as a candidate. All
nominees will be contacted in confidence, to discuss their willingness
to have their names put forward to the search advisory committee.
Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application
that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the
position profile, a diversity statement (see Contributions to Diversity:
https://go.ucsd.edu/2vsGKEj), and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 17, 2020.
Pradeep K. Khosla|
Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FACULTY
• A demonstrated record of scholarship, publications or creative works
and teaching that merits a tenured (ladder rank series) or
security-of-employment (teaching professor series) faculty appointment
as an associate or full professor at UC San Diego.
• A proven record of broad, progressively responsible and substantive
administrative management and leadership experience in higher education,
preferably in the context of a large research university.
• A highly regarded researcher within their academic field with a
demonstrated record in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and/or
discipline-based educational research.
• Ability and demonstrated experience to lead a collaborative and highly
coordinated team grounded in integrity and ethical behavior to best meet
the holistic needs of the student body and campus community.
• Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of people of
diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for
cultural, ethnic and individual differences. Ability to contribute in
meaningful ways to UC San Diego's commitment to enhance the inclusivity
and equity of the campus teaching and learning environment.
• Proven skill in fostering collaborative, consultative and meaningful
partnerships across university constituents while demonstrating
sensitivity to considerations within, between and across academic
disciplines, departments, schools, divisions, Academic Senate, community
partners and the executive vice chancellor's office.
• Experience navigating academic governance in a complex, multi-campus
system, including the ability to relate to faculty with diverse
experiences and technical capabilities
• Demonstrated financial acumen, effective human, financial and
organizational management experience and the ability to address fiscal
constraints collaboratively and creatively. Excellent record of
accomplishment of public resource stewardship.
• Highly refined active listening and effective communication skills
including the ability to address with sensitivity diverse audiences
internal and external to the institution.
• Strong interpersonal, analytic and presentation skills coupled with
highly refined active listening and effective communication and
• Skill and experience in developing and refining strategic thinking,
planning and goal setting within the broader context of the UC San Diego
mission and strategic plan.
• Achievement in fostering change management, process improvement and
the development and implementation of data-informed, effective and
efficient policies and processes.
• A clear commitment to the mentoring of a talented staff and investment
in their ongoing professional development.
• A successful record in fundraising endeavors and creative leadership
in generating external resources.
• Excellent management, organization, planning, supervisory and
• Extensive knowledge of emerging research and practice in student
success and the higher education environment.
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines in a fast-paced
environment, as well as possession of strong computer literacy and
digital citizenship skills.
SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
• Cheryl Anderson (Professor and Interim Chair, Family Medicine and
Public Health) Chair
• Edward Abeyta (Associate Dean, Community Engagement/Director
Pre-College Programs, Extension)
• Eric Allen (Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
• Veronica Eliasson (Associate Professor, Structural Engineering)
• Karen Flammer (Director, Digital Learning, Teaching + Learning
• Marina Hayden (Principal Analyst, Office of the Executive Vice
Chancellor) Staff Consultant
• Jess Mandel (Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary,
Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine/Vice Chair - Education, Department of
• Stephanie Mel (Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences)
• John Moore (Dean, Undergraduate Education)
• Tom Murphy (Professor, Physics)
• Adarsh Parthasarathy (Associate V.P., Academic Affairs, Associated
• Isabel Rivera-Collazo (Assistant Professor, Anthropology)
• Carolyn Sandoval (Associate Director, Teaching + Learning Commons)
• Alysson Satterlund (Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs )
• Matthew Wills (Student Representative, Graduate Student Association)
• Paul Yu (Chair, Council of Provosts/Revelle College)