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Director of Online Learning

Position Deleted on 3/20/2011. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Portland, OR
Admin - Distance Education Programs
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
included on Affirmative Action email
Portland State University (PSU) seeks an innovative and collaborative Director for its reorganized Center for Online Learning (COL), which leads, facilitates, and oversees all aspects of academic-credit oriented online learning at Portland State (fully online, partially online, and web-enhanced). The Director provides the strategic vision for the Center, implements this vision, oversees the instructional design team and other support staff, and administers the COL's student fee-supported budget. The Director ensures that online learning is aligned with the University's primary strategies, including those to improve the quality of teaching, to enhance the student experience, and to strengthen the achievement of student learning outcomes. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Instruction.

PSU currently provides nearly 1,000 partially and fully online courses per year, plus many more courses taught using web-enhanced platforms. The new COL Director will assist PSU to enhance the quality of its academic portfolio through the strategic use of online learning pedagogies and technologies.

PSU is a thriving public university with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. PSU's 49-acre downtown campus exemplifies Portland's commitment to sustainability, with many LEEDs certified buildings, gardens, bicycle facilities and much more. Many of the more than 200 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs incorporate environmental sustainability into their curricula. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

Major responsibilities:

The Director of the Center for Online Learning will:
* take primary responsibility for supporting and enhancing the quality of online learning at PSU,
* draft a strategic plan for the development and support of online learning at the university in collaboration with academic units, the University Library, the Office of Information Technologies, and relevant faculty work groups,
* manage the COL team members and provide professional opportunities for their growth,
* work in a centralized fashion and in close collaboration with all partnering units,
* ensure the alignment of online learning programs with the University's mission and strategic initiatives,
* implement new policies and procedures in support of online learning,
* manage the budget to ensure implementation of these policies,
* employ domain expertise for online learning, including instructional design/ delivery, faculty development, content management, curriculum development, industry best practices, infrastructure development, and legal requirements,
* regularly review the status of online efforts with faculty and administration,
* oversee the discovery, creation and testing of innovative educational technologies with the potential for enhancing teaching and learning,
* lead Portland State to national prominence in online learning and research, and
* create a viable environment for the scholarship of teaching and learning in the online environment.


The Director of the Center for Online Learning will have a(n):
* earned Ph.D. and record of scholarship related to teaching and learning,
* strong background in both classroom and online teaching,
* comprehensive understanding of online pedagogies,
* demonstrated proficiency in learning management systems and auxiliary technologies,
* minimum of 6 years of management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility within large, complex colleges/universities,
* domain expertise in online learning, including instructional design, faculty development, content management, curriculum development, industry best standards, infrastructure development, and legal requirements, and
* domain expertise in enterprise systems.

Required Core Competencies:

The Director of the Center for Online Learning will have:
* excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
* collaborative, engaged and dynamic leadership skills, and
* demonstrated facility for reconciling diverse points of view.


Screening of complete applications will begin January 10, 2011 and will be accepted until February 28, 2011, or until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2011. Applications should include: 1. Letter that explains applicant's experience with and philosophy surrounding online education, 2. Curriculum Vita reflecting qualities stated above, 3. List of three references (including one supervisor and one direct report) knowledgeable of applicant's leadership and management skills.

Application materials should be submitted to:

Charles Burck
Office of Academic Affairs
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Electronic submission via is preferred.
Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.
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