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The Position

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) seeks an outstanding faculty leader to serve as Director. In order to attract the best candidates, this full-time, 11-month position will have appropriate course release and supplemental compensation provided. The CTE supports a university culture that values and rewards excellent and innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching in the classroom, online, and beyond.

The CTE’s Faculty Director reports to the Office of the Provost and provides university-wide leadership for professional development efforts that enhance the pedagogical knowledge and effectiveness of all who teach at USC by directing the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Essential Tasks of the Faculty Director:

  • Promote teaching excellence by developing innovative and creative programming for faculty that aids them in engaging in impactful pedagogical practices
  • Lead the development and increase in the number of creative and innovative distributed learning courses at USC including overseeing the provision of instructional design services and best-practice resources.
  • Organize programs for new faculty such as New Faculty Orientation and the New Faculty Academy
  • Work collaboratively across the university to develop initiatives that promote teaching excellence
  • Develop, implement, and oversee the university’s training programs for graduate teaching assistants and assist with graduate-student professional development programming in consultation with the Graduate School
  • Stay current with trends and research in higher education pedagogy and faculty development, and actively develop a national reputation for the CTE in these areas by attending conferences and publishing in the area of pedagogy

Full-time faculty members (tenure or non-tenure track) with a minimum of three years’ teaching experience at the university are eligible to apply.  Other applicants will be considered on an exceptional basis. 

Applicants must have a record of excellent teaching, the ability to lead and motivate faculty and staff, demonstrated expertise and interest in higher education pedagogy, experience with project management and budgets, and excellent organizational, interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills. 

A successful applicant will also demonstrate a commitment to build upon the CTE’s success and direct its future development.