University of Idaho
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The University of Idaho seeks a dynamic and collaborative Director to lead the newly formed Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Strategic ... Data-Driven ... Relationship Builder ... Conscientious
Innovator ... Team Player ... Dynamic ... Process-Oriented ... Approachable
Risk Taker ... Supportive ... Early Adopter ... Motivator ... Visionary

Effective Communicator ... Collaborative ... Disciplined ... Flexible

The Position

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Faculty, the Director will foster a culture of instructional excellence, innovation, and scholarship; develop a multi-faceted program of support for faculty at all phases of their career; assist in the development, delivery, and continuous improvement of high quality learning experiences in all modalities; and build communities of practice that advance teaching and learning. Under the leadership of the Director, the Center will partner with other related University units to provide a collaborative and supportive environment; assist faculty with course development and delivery in both the classroom and online; and implement a collaborative classroom observation, feedback, and mentoring program to support faculty seeking in-class advice and input. Organizationally, the Director oversees five full-time employees: two instructional designers, two media and technology staff, and an administrative assistant.

Position responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and planning for instructional and curricular development activities designed to support the University’s teaching community.

  • Foster collaboration among the units supporting effective teaching and learning through a variety of instructional modalities.

  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation in the development and implementation of assessment plans at the faculty, classroom, and program levels.

  • Plan, develop, coordinate, implement, and supervise a variety of workshops designed to improve the use of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, including course management systems and effective hybrid and online teaching.

  • Develop, implement, and facilitate classroom visits and mentoring to support faculty development at all career levels.

  • Select, train, and supervise all employees assigned to the Center.

  • Oversee the distribution of resources to support the development of the instructional community as well as the goals of the Center.

The Qualifications

The successful candidate will strive to lead, foster and support academic excellence.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned terminal degree.

  • Faculty member with significant scholarly accomplishments.

  • Evidence of successful university teaching.

  • Highly developed teaching skills.

  • Eligibility for an appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure.

  • Ability to work successfully with faculty, department administrators, deans, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Tenured faculty with eligibility for appointment as Full Professor.

  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Current knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in teaching and learning.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and program development skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in settings of social and intellectual diversity.

  • Knowledge and skills to provide data-driven evidence of quality of teaching.

  • Experience in scholarly and creative work in pedagogy.

  • Ability to mentor faculty at all career levels.

  • Commitment to continuous improvement.

  • Capacity to be a team player and to build a team.

  • A track record and knowledge of working effectively on issues of diversity and inclusion.

  • Experience in an administrative role within higher education​.


The University

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers more than 11,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as “higher research activity,” University researchers attract research grants and contract over $100 million in expenditures each year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, the University of Idaho actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With facilities in all of the state's 44 counties, the university is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension, and collaboration. The University provides access to publicly supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the UI College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman, Washington.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With more than 200 student groups and a vibrant culture, the University is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, for which UI became the first public university to receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest arts honor. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s tennis.

For additional information about the University, please view the website links below.


Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Strategic Plan 2016-2025

The Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to approximately 25,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters, and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs, and many locally-owned restaurants.

Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America.  The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Rendezvous in the Park concert series, and the Prichard Art Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The downtown Farmer’s Market which runs late spring to early fall is one of the nation’s longest running and thriving outdoor markets.  In 2016 Moscow was named one of the top 50 ‘Best College Towns in America’ by College Rank for its access to outdoor recreation, vibrant downtown, and cultural attractions.

Moscow is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a “great university to hit the books and backcountry” by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, and more.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, or nomination.


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of application. The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualities listed above. Send your application materials to me at the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, April 7, 2017.

To arrange a day and time for a 
confidential conversation, please contact me at the email address below.

If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your 
nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or contact me by phone.


Thank you for your consideration,

Gary R. Rhoads, Search Consultant


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The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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