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The Communication Department is housed in the Social Sciences Division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington. The Department provides a rigorous environment for highly motivated students looking for a profound educational experience within the discipline of Communication. The Department has 28 full-time faculty and 17 staff members serving on average 800 undergraduate majors, 200 graduate students as well as non-majors enrolled in courses.
The Communication Leadership graduate program (Comm Lead) is a professional degree program, established in the Department in 2000. Comm Lead enrolls roughly 150 Comm Lead graduate students each year, divided between two degrees: the Master of Communication in Digital Media, and the Master of Communication in Communities and Networks.
The University of Washington Communication Department has an outstanding opportunity for an Academic Services Associate Director of Comm Lead. This is a Professional Staff appointment. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team that serves a robust masters program at the heart of a large, public research university. This position reports to the Comm Lead Director. This position has a high degree of authority, autonomy, and an expectation of strategic thinking, leadership, common sense, and drive.
As an instructional design expert with experience in faculty and student engagement, the Academic Services Associate Director of Comm Lead is responsible for recruiting, training, and supporting the majority of faculty for the program. This includes annual curriculum design across eight focus areas including the core classes of the program, annual curriculum design, individual syllabus design, classroom techniques, and classroom teaching evaluation. The Associate Director is also responsible for ensuring the application of academic standards across the curriculum. The Associate Director also oversees student engagement initiatives, with particular emphasis on student experience in the classroom and across their curricular experience in the program.
The Associate Director must have familiarity with instructional design and teaching and learning practices. The Associate Director should also have familiarity with working with professional communities and with professionally oriented course content in fields related to the program. The Associate Director should have experience engaging with students around their learning.
The Associate Director ensures that the program has a strong professional and academic curricular core supporting the success of the program as a global leader in its field. The Associate Director builds trusted relationships with students to ensure they thrive in the program. Finally, the Associate Director represents the program in a variety of professional and academic events which contributes to showcasing and furthering the reputation of the university.
Duties & Responsibilities Promotion, recruitment, and support of program faculty. Includes outreach to find new candidates, overseeing the intake process for faculty hire applications, setting and aligning standards for curriculum, reviewing faculty syllabi quarterly, providing new faculty observations, and holding regular faculty meetings.
Lead the building of schedule for quarterly course offerings ensuring consistency and rigor. In this capacity the Associate Director also works closely with the Director to create an implementation plan for curriculum and determine new areas for course development, as well as the Manager of Operations who assists the Associate Director in communicating with faculty and communicating with PCE partners.
Oversee the vision for all student events including the new student orientation, the spring graduation, and other student-facing activities of the program.
Engage with students around their academic experience in the Comm Lead classroom.
The Associate Director participates in the admissions process for the program. This includes overviewing application of the program annually, overviewing new student applications, participating in recruitment events for new students.
Lead Responsibilities Recruit, hire, and support program faculty. Sets vision for curriculum. Mentor students and staff. Support admissions process. Develop program vision and outreach strategies. Develop curricula. Oversee program staff. Create and sustain partnerships.
Supervisory Responsibilities This position may at times supervise undergraduate or graduate student assistants or temporary staff.
Master’s Degree in Communication, Education, or related field
Four to five years professional work experience in a Communication field, broadly defined
Doctoral Degree in Education or Communication
Professional experience working in a higher education setting with an interdisciplinary or liberal arts educational context
Experience in curriculum design and delivery for professional graduate programs
Experience working with diverse student communities
Deep understanding of the University of Washington Communication Department and Communication Leadership Masters Program through direct affiliation or collaborative work
Professional work experience in an entrepreneurial setting
Must value and contribute to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity
Flexibility to meet changing needs
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT
Ability to work evening and weekend hours on short or limited notice as necessary
Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and be willing to travel when necessary
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