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Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Programs & Research

Date: March, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Director
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):

Instructional Developer, Programs & Consulting; Instructional Developer, Consulting & Research; Educational Research Associate; Faculty Programming Coordinator

Department: Centre for Teaching Excellence


Main Campus


USG 13
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The SID, Faculty Programs and Research oversees programs and services for faculty members and instructional staff related to instructional development and pedagogical research. This role works in conjunction with various colleagues across the institution and at CTE, primarily the other Senior Instructional Developers, the instructional development team, and the Associate Vice President, Academic. 

Key Accountabilities:

Primary responsibilities:




Position Requirements


Completion of a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in instructional development and managerial roles and practical or theoretical knowledge of pedagogical research in higher education, or equivalent and demonstrable skills and knowledge base.


Proficient with instructional development (ID) processes and tools, with extensive experience designing and facilitating ID programming and supporting others in developing associated skills. Capabilities in managing a team, and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. Competencies include strategic and systems thinking, oral and written communication skills, facilitation skills, project management, working both independently and collaboratively, as well as respect for and sensitivity to disciplinary norms and the challenge of change management in academia. Professionalism, trustworthiness, and tact are essential to the building and maintenance of relationships that have long-lasting effects institutionally. Experience teaching at the university level and delivering conference sessions is considered essential.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other

MS Word and PPT or other presentation SW


MS Excel




MS Access or other DB

Beginner to Intermediate


Web content writing, management, forms, survey tools


Data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, NVivo)


Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Interpersonal Contacts: Works closely with the Director of CTE, the other SIDs, and direct reports as well as with senior administrators, faculty members, and staff members in other units engaged in instructional development and research initiatives and programs (e.g., Associate Vice-President, Academic Office; Office of Research Ethics; Library; Centre for Extended Learning; Graduate Studies Office). Liaises with networks of instructional development professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Level of Responsibility:

This position is responsible for managing and engaging in instructional development and pedagogical research initiatives and programs, and for managing a team.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible for developing and/or selecting instructional development and research programs and services and LITE seed grant recipients, with minimal guidance.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of an office environment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions; some exposure to stressful situations at major events with numerous participants. The SID works in the CTE office suite, with meetings across campus as well as occasional travel for professional development and networking purposes.