Education - Online and Blended Learning Specialist

University of Windsor

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2014-04-15

Office of Open Learning
Three-Year Limited-Term Ancillary Academic Staff, Online and Blended Learning Specialist

The University of Windsor invites applications for a Three-Year Limited-Term Ancillary Academic Staff, Online and Blended Learning Specialist position in the Office of Open Learning commencing July 1, 2014. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The Office of Open Learning is a new unit at the University of Windsor with a mandate to enhance the University's capacity in development and delivery of online, open and blended learning opportunities to our 17,000 students. The Office is a small, dynamic team of online learning specialists, with a growing local and national reputation. For further details on the office, visit our blog at: or our website:

The Ancillary Academic Staff , Online and Blended Learning Specialist is part of a small team that collaborates closely with academic departments, individual instructors, graduate and other teaching assistants, support units, and committees across the University of Windsor. The goal of the Office is to increase the development and delivery of high quality online and blended learning opportunities through evidence-based teaching and learning practices. We promote and support effective curriculum reform at all levels, and assist in the introduction and support of appropriate evidence-based educational technology use to teaching practices across the University.

The Office aims to drive pedagogical and cultural change, and support innovation in teaching and learning. The Online and Blended Learning Specialist will support this mandate in a variety of ways, through teaching, scholarship and service. The successful candidate for this position will have teaching experience (delivering workshops, teaching formal and informal courses, and contributing to the University Teaching Certificate and other formal programs where appropriate, particularly with respect to online and blended learning pedagogies); pedagogical service; and research and scholarly activity (promoting and supporting scholarly activity in online and blended teaching learning).

The successful candidate will have a graduate degree (minimum of Masters degree in Educational Technology, Online or Distance Education, or related fields; PhD or Ed.D. strongly preferred); experience in educational development (particular focus on eLearning, online learning, open learning, distance education, or blended learning); experience in course and curriculum design, instructional design, learning outcome development, curriculum alignment, and event coordination; experience in curriculum change or instructional design project management; successful teaching experience at a university level (undergraduate and/or graduate), and faculty development workshops/teaching; demonstrated strong interest and scholarship in eLearning, online learning, open learning, distance education, blended learning and eAssessment; strong knowledge of pedagogy and effective teaching practices in online and blended teaching and learning; familiarity with teaching and learning literature, and research and scholarship methodologies in teaching and learning; excellent oral and written skills in English; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively as part of a small team, and to consult with students, faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds in a professional and collaborative manner; excellent organisational skills, including managing multiple deadlines and tasks with competing priorities; familiarity with the academic mission of the university, the goals of undergraduate and graduate education, and professional development of university teachers; and demonstrated leadership ability.

Applications will include:
- a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status;
- a detailed and current curriculum vitae;
- a teaching or educational development dossier;
- three current letters of reference forwarded by the referees directly to the Chair.

The short-listed candidates may be invited to provide further information in support of their applications. To ensure full consideration, complete an online application ( by the deadline date of May 5, 2014.

Reference Letters to be sent to:
Nick Baker, Chair, Appointments Committee,
The Office of Open Learning
University of Windsor,
401 Sunset Ave.,
Windsor, Ontario N9B3P4
Phone: (519) 253 3000, Ext. 4925,

Applications may still be received after the deadline date. The acceptance of a late submission is at the discretion of the appointments committee. The University of Windsor is committed to equity in its academic policies, practices, and programs; supports diversity in its teaching, learning, and work environments; and ensures that applications from members of traditionally marginalized groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. Those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty and its scholarship include, but are not limited to, women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of sexual minority groups. The University of Windsor invites you to apply to our welcoming community and to self identify as a member of one of these groups. International candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure that you are considered within the priorities of the Employment Equity Program, you may self identify in your letter of application or in a separate letter to the Presidential Commission on Employment Equity, c/o Gerri Pacecca, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, 511 Chrysler Hall Tower, 401 Sunset Avenue, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4. The University of Windsor, one of Ontario's leading academic institutions, provides a learning-centred approach which prepares its graduates for the challenges of tomorrow. Information about the University of Windsor and its programs may be found at For more information on living and working at the University of Windsor, visit the Faculty Recruitment and Retention website at, or contact Ms. Gerri Pacecca (Email:, Faculty Recruitment Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic toll- free at 1-877- 665-6608 within North America or call collect outside of North America at 001-519-561-1432.


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