Founding Director, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Missouri

The University of Missouri invites nominations and applications for the Founding Director of its newly established teaching and learning center. The Founding Director will build relationships with the campus community, acting as a leader for pedagogical excellence, innovation, and inclusiveness at the institution and advocating for the recognition and reward of teaching excellence.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, the Founding Director will be responsible for creating and executing the essential operations of the center, including planning, implementing, and assessing programs and events; supervision of staff; and preparation of budgets. This candidate will drive innovation and high-impact faculty education that promotes excellence in a culture committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Activities include providing orientation and instructional support for faculty and all instructors; coordinating conferences, workshops, and working groups concerning instructional methods; supporting peer mentoring and peer coaching activities; supporting faculty learning communities related to pedagogy and faculty education/development; providing career-specific programming for both new and experienced faculty; and conducting research about the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Director will work collaboratively with the center’s Steering Committee and other campus units already providing extensive teaching and curricular support (e.g., MU Libraries; Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; Office of Graduate Studies, Assessment Resource Center, Office of Service Learning, Campus Writing Program, Educational Technologies at Missouri).

The successful candidate for this position will have leadership experience in a university setting, a doctorate, extensive teaching experience at the college or university level, an understanding of student and adult learning, and noteworthy experience in helping to create positive improvements in teaching in a research university setting. Outstanding communication skills and a demonstrated collaborative leadership style are essential. The successful candidate will have the necessary record to be appointed as a tenured/tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty member in a Mizzou academic unit.

In addition to the requirements noted above, the successful candidate will have:
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in faculty education/development
• Record of commitment to equity and inclusion
• Record of teaching excellence in a university setting
• Leadership and supervisory experience
• Experience in program development, data analysis, and assessment
• Excellent presentation, writing, and collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in writing successful grant proposals
• Evidence of scholarship of teaching and learning
• Familiarity with AAU metrics
• Experience working in a post-secondary teaching center or equivalent
• Experience in a variety of course delivery methods
• Demonstrated budgetary experience

About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System.

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 130,000 that has been rated by Money Magazine, Men’s Journal and MSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 33,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Doctoral University with highest research activity. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine, and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Appointment: Full-time, 12-month position, beginning July 1, 2018.

To Apply: Apply on-line at and submit the following:
• Letter of application in which candidates describe in detail their qualifications for the position
• CV/Resume
• Statement on inclusion, diversity, and equity
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness and/or scholarship of teaching and learning
• Names and contact information for three references

The CV/Resume and Cover Letter must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section. Other materials must be uploaded in the Attachments section of the application.

For more information about teaching and learning at Mizzou, see Please contact Drs. Jeni Hart ( or James (Sandy) Rikoon (, Search Committee Co-Chairs, with questions about the position.

Beginning Review Date: Formal review of applications will begin March, 23 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or status as a protected veteran.