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Senior Instructional Designer, Arts & Sciences Learning Design & Technology department

Company: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The University of Virginia Arts & Sciences Learning Design & Technology department seek applicants for a Senior Instructional Designer. Under the direction of the Director of A&S Learning Design & Technology the incumbent will work with Foreign Language and Social Science faculty to design and develop courses and co-curricular learning experiences. In addition, the Senior Instructional Designer will develop programming and events for the Language Commons and research innovative technologies and pedagogy for foreign language teaching and learning.


  • In collaboration with LDT team, develop, promote, and lead projects, initiatives, and communities of practice that engage foreign language and social science faculty on the use of emerging pedagogical strategies.
  • Consult with foreign language and social science faculty on the design and/or re-design of courses for on-site, flipped, and online delivery.
  • Support faculty in the piloting and use of new technologies to support their instructional goals.
  • Communicate with key stakeholders on progress and outcomes of projects.
  • Assess the outcome of projects and initiatives utilizing learning technologies by developing methodology.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to develop plans for events to be held in Language Commons, including but limited to, speaker series, foreign language movie nights, talks among and across languages, etc.
  • Coordinate with broader Learning Design & Technology team and support personnel to organize and promote events.
  • Create rationales and use cases for learning technologies and disseminate information among College faculty.
  • Identify needs and opportunities for faculty and staff professional development related to learning technologies.
  • Hire and manage student staff.
  • Provide leadership and direction to student staff to enable successful administration of Language Commons and associated events.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.



  • Bachelor's degree with at least three years' experience in an educational environment using research-based best practices to design and re-design on-site, flipped and online courses; application of learning technologies in multiple delivery formats. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Some experience delivering instruction/training in an educational environment.
  • Some experience using technologies in instructional environments.
  • Master's degree in higher education or related field with experience in foreign language pedagogy, course design and language lab technologies is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Expert level understanding of course design principles
  • Knowledge of instructional technology trends and research
  • Understanding of the role of foreign languages in a liberal arts education
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more languages taught at UVA.
  • MS Office Suite, instructional technology tools and applications; web 2.0 tools and applications

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to conduct and evaluate assessments.
  • Evidence of successful experience designing courses and course activities at the university or community college level
  • Evidence of success in using Learning Management Systems and other learning tools in a learning environment
  • Knowledge of the UVA learning technology ecosystem, including Collab (Sakai)
  • Proficient in video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, etc.
  • ePortfolio platforms, Learning Management Systems, language lab software


Apply online at search for posting R0024892 (or through Workday for internal applicants), complete the application, and attach the following:

  • Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box, and you can combine documents into one PDF. *
  • Cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position, how your experience has prepared you, as well as experience working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work.
  • CV/resume
  • Contact information for three references

Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.*

Questions about this position should be directed to Judith Giering at Questions about the application process should be directed to Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Keywords: University of Virginia, Charlottesville , Senior Instructional Designer, Arts & Sciences Learning Design & Technology department, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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