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Teaching & Student Support Specialist

Employer: University of Alberta

Closing Date: November 6, 2024

Location: Edmonton, AB

Job Description:

Teaching & Student Support Specialist

University of Alberta

EN Dean of Engineering

Competition No. – A100151564D1

Closing Date – Will remain open until filled.

While this position welcomes applications from individuals external to the university, current Academic Teaching Staff are first notified of available positions and will receive first consideration in accordance with the terms of Schedule D of the Academic Collective Agreement prior to considering external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the “Advertisement” drop down menu when applying.

This position will be a 3-year-term appointment under the Academic Teaching Staff (ATS) agreement and comes with a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with the Academic Teaching Staff Agreement (ATS).

Location – North Campus Edmonton. This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person.

Working for the Department/Faculty:

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta has been passionate about innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing issues since our first students graduated in 1913. We prepare the next generation of engineering professionals by giving students unparalleled education with world-class instructors, hands-on lab and field experiences, and internship opportunities. Our students and our alumni are known both for their academic achievements alongside their commitment to the betterment of the Engineering profession and society as a whole. As we look to grow our programs to more than 6000 undergraduate and 2000 graduate students by 2026, we are seeking a design instructor for our design courses and curriculum for a 3-year term, with the possibility of renewal. If you wish to focus your career on resourcing and developing students, please apply!

Position

The Teaching & Student Support Specialist will be part of an instructional team responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of initiatives to enhance the first-year student experience as well as the Undergraduate Programs of the Faculty.

They will focus primarily on the Bridge 2 Engineering Program, our flagship program for supporting students transition to university. The program is largely student-delivered with participants benefiting from their first-hand advice alongside best practices in study skills, time management, and wellness, among other focus areas. They will report to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and join a team of instructional and professional staff focused on the Faculty’s core value of helping students succeed.

This position will be a 3-year-term appointment under the Academic Teaching Staff (ATS) collective agreement and comes with a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with the Academic Teaching Staff Agreement (ATS).

This position is open to applicants legally entitled to work in Canada.

We invite those interested in this opportunity to investigate the following links for additional information about the Faculty of Engineering (https://www.ualberta.ca/engineering/index.html), the University of Alberta (ualberta.ca), and the City of Edmonton (edmonton.ca).

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit the following documents:

• A current curriculum vitae (CV)

• A Statement of Teaching Interests

• A cover letter

• A sample course outline from a previously instructed course

• Any available teaching evaluations or ratings

• Contact information for three references

Please address your applications to:

Dr. Pierre Mertiny

Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Duties:

• Support and expand the Bridge2Engg programs designed to prepare incoming students for success in engineering programs.

• The program aims to support students’ transition from high school in areas including resilience and study skills, as well as the course work and pace of university programs.

• The successful candidate will supervise a team of approximately 8 students employed annually to deliver the program.

• Be part of the instructional team that delivers courses that all engineering students take focusing on the information and skills needed to be successful in university and in their careers (ENGG 100, ENGG 200, ENGG 400)

• Knowledge of a variety of learning practices to motivate and engage all learners and develop important knowledge and skills for success in the workforce.

• Develop and deliver new programs, courses, and initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience, including working collaboratively with a team in the first year of engineering.

• Support the renewal of engineering programs collaboratively with Departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

• Support the Undergraduate Programs Officer with accreditation activities, including the application of continuous improvement processes.

• Design, develop, and support evidence-based and progressive strategies to reduce student workload and stress.

• Work collaboratively with the student services team to design and develop materials and strategies to recruit and onboard students into engineering, with a focus on applying evidence-based practices to attract and create belonging for students who are members of underrepresented groups in engineering.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Undergraduate degree in a related field

• Experience teaching or instructing young adults

• Excellent verbal communication skills, especially in speaking to large audiences

• Strong knowledge of pedagogy, including experience with course or program development

• Ability to make informed and equitable decisions to enable students of many abilities and backgrounds to be successful here

• Demonstrated evidence of teaching, leadership and communication skills

• Demonstrated knowledge in developing student assessment strategies

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience teaching at the high school or undergraduate level

• Masters or PhD preferred

• Experience in the application of equity, diversity, and inclusivity to adult learning and post-secondary education and knowledge of the inequities and under representation of several groups in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

• Knowledge of and experience with the integration of the Indigenization, decolonization, and Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in adult learning and/or post-secondary programs

• Experience with course delivery in a variety of modalities, both in-person and online, synchronous or asynchronous, and in traditional or flipped paradigms

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

To apply, please visit: https://apptrkr.com/4717198

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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