Curriculum Specialist-GRANT FUNDED

  • Full Time
  • Hope

U of A - Hope & Texarkana

Updating instructional strategies to best serve the needs of the current generation of students requires pedagogical expertise. Curriculum specialists support instructors through foundational materials for courses and constructive feedback on how to implement materials into active and learner-centered learning. Infusing active learning and learner-centered strategies into high-risk and gateway courses, in both traditional and online/hybrid modalities, focuses on continuous quality improvement to raise standards. The Curriculum Specialist works with a cadre of faculty in targeted disciplines.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Work with each year’s targeted discipline faculty reviewing learner-centered instructional strategies, tools, and technologies;
• Work with faculty to define educational needs, course design specifications, analysis of various options to meet instructional goals for course development projects, and identify audiences and needs for learning outcomes and assessments;
• Work with each year’s targeted discipline faculty to incorporate strategies, tools, and technologies into course content, level, and delivery system;
• Coordinate professional development for full-time and adjunct faculty in each year’s targeted discipline preparing for piloted courses;
• Coordinate and provide professional development in active learning and learner-centered pedagogy for traditional classroom settings, online, and hybrid courses in multiple delivery formats;
• Ensure consistency of style, design, accessibility, and learner-centered focus through coordination in development procedures to accommodate changes for new initiatives and improvements;
• Provide consultations for faculty to facilitate enhancing and documenting student learning to incorporate high impact practices through course design and curricular programs;
• Design and conduct training sessions as necessary;
• Keep current on faculty development research and pedagogy for teaching and learning in various delivery modalities;
• Provide training and tools through Quality Matters as a national standard, faculty-centered peer-review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses;
• Lead participating faculty in redesign of targeted courses, including active learning and learner-centered pedagogy for traditional, online, and hybrid courses, and active influence in the direction of formal project teams and production schedules;
• Work with Supplemental Instruction protocols and faculty teaching courses utilizing supplemental instruction;
• Participate in taskforces and service on College committees
• Work with the Curriculum Committee to ensure that course redesign is coordinated with existing procedures for curricular changes;
• Oversee piloting of redesigned courses
• Gather data for analysis for success of redesigned course pilots, including utilizing analyzed data results to incorporate identified trends into existing curriculum and collaborate in reviewing data results and presenting pertinent information to college administration and faculty;
• Develop documentation for students, faculty, and staff related to multi-format instruction related to improvement of instructional outcomes
• Supervision and project management skills for multiple long and short-term projects
• Meet deadlines required under federal grant management and college policy, including compliance with federal grant measurable objectives and performance indicators reporting

Supervision – Works under the direction of the Title III Project Director in coordination with the Academics Vice Chancellor and Academic Deans.

Attendance – Availability during normal business hours of the College with occasional evening and weekends for special presentations, events, training, or professional development.

Working Conditions – Conditions are those of a typical office environment, requiring frequent oral communication with faculty, students, staff, and colleagues, including the ability to enter data and written communications in electronic format in a timely manner, and sufficient mobility to be present and address students, faculty, staff, administration, and colleagues at appropriate college and regional functions.

Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree in an academic discipline, adult learning, or related field
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in higher education
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in curriculum development
• Experience consulting with college faculty about engaging students in learning experiences
• Experience with theories and best practices in higher education pedagogy, faculty development in both traditional and online modalities
• Demonstrated research skills
• Experience working with under-prepared students
• Demonstrated communications skills, both written and verbal
• Demonstrated computer skills, including learning management systems

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, official transcripts, three reference letters and a UACCHT employment application, which can be found at to the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, Human Resources Office, P.O. Box 140, Hope, AR 71802. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, the position will remain open until filled. EOE/AA

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, nondiscriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law

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  • Equal Employment Opportunity
    • Applications for employment with UACCH are accepted without regard to sex, race or color, national origin, handicap/disability, age, religion, or political affiliation. Conviction of a crime does not automatically bar any applicant from employment or other opportunities with the college.
    • Applications, once filed, may be subject to disclosure as a public record under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
    • Applications filed do not create a contract of employment with UACCH. If any individual is hired, employment is not for any definite period of time. Individuals hired will also be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
    • Qualified applicants with disabilities, as defined in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, may request any needed accommodations to participate in the application process.