Educational Developer (Learning and Teaching)

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Academic Enhancement Centre

Role overview
The role of the Educational Developer is to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of teaching across the University, through the development and implementation of innovative pedagogic solutions. The Academic Enhancement Centre (AEC) employs a team of Educational Developers and a key responsibility of this particular role will be primarily to support delivery of the PGCert in professional studies programme but an element of the role will also involve supporting the Leader of the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme to deliver related workshops and induction programmes. 

The Educational Developer reports to the Director, Academic Enhancement Centre. 

The Academic Enhancement Centre (AEC) is committed to exploring new models of higher education, supporting and enhancing best academic practice in all learning, teaching and research activities, both on and off campus and using remote technologies and in supporting XJTLU in reaching its global goals to combine eastern and western education philosophies  Its core aim is to provide support to academic departments by developing strategies to enhance programme design and assessments, driving innovation in the curriculum, providing instruction and coaching on teaching best practice and by leading on the deployment of technology in the virtual and campus-based classroom.  The Centre will work with academic departments to tailor such support to their specific needs, as well as providing generic training programmes as core business. 

The AEC forms part of the Centre for Academic Affairs which provides professional services support to departments and schools and includes the Professional Services Team of departmental secretaries and cluster administrators and the central teams of the Registry, Research Administration, the Graduate School Office, the Programme Management and Quality Team and the Academic Enhancement Centre. 

Responsibilities 

  • Support the implementation, across the institution, of the University’s vision for Learning and Teaching.
  • Delivery of modules on the CPS programme for the coming academic year.
  • Delivery of modules on the PGCert programme from the start of the academic year 2018-19 onwards
  • Liaise and collaborate with colleagues in the AEC, and in particular, support the Leader of the Postgraduate Research (PGR) and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training programmes in organising and delivering coherent, cohesive and pedagogically sound programmes.
  • Provides expert and specialist advice and guidance to academic staff in developing excellence in teaching with a primary view of enhancing students’ learning experience.
  • Develops collaborative networks to identify and disseminate good practices in teaching and learning and evaluates their effectiveness.
  • Recommends, leads and facilitates the effective sharing of good practices in assessments and other student evaluation.
  • Acts as a consultant/coach to academic staff seeking to enhance the quality of their teaching.
  • Maintains and develops resources, including websites and other tools that facilitate national and international best practice in learning and teaching.
  • Works closely with staff in other professional services to promote the use of appropriate technologies, facilities and methods in learning and teaching.
  • Works collaboratively within the Centre for Academic Affairs (CAA) and in particular the AEC to contribute in achieving the strategic ambitions of the University in relation to academic enhancement and excellence in learning, teaching and research, and to contribute in achieving the AEC’s ongoing operational objectives.
  • Keeps up-to-date with changes and developments in related policies and procedures.
  • Reflects on their own professional practice and keeps abreast of current developments in learning and teaching through engagement with the wider community via subject associations, attendance and presentations at conferences, colloquiums and personal development days.
  • Willing to engage in personal development and training and change the focus of the role, where appropriate, to meet the changing needs of the University.
  • Engages with relevant committees, working groups and forums to raise awareness of pedagogic principles, share examples of best practice and highlight developments in the field.
  • Carries out any other duties as required, commensurate with the role position.

This is a full-time role with an initial fixed term contract for three years. The anticipated start time will be as soon as possible but hopefully no later than end of September 2017. Working hours will generally be Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm with an hour for lunch. However, aspects of the role may sometimes require the post holder to work unsociable hours. 

The job description is neither exhaustive nor prescriptive but will develop, in consultation with the post holder, as circumstances change and in line with the post holder’s specific strengths and interests. 

An attractive salary including accommodation allowance will be provided. 

This position will remain opened until a suitable candidate has been appointed. 

For informal enquiries, please contact the Director, Academic Enhancement Centre at james.wilson@xjtlu.edu.cn

All applicants should apply using the XJTLU HR online application system. Please click HERE and register a user account. After registration, you will be asked to upload your CV, submit a covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete the online Basic Information, Referees and Equal Opportunities forms.

If you are experiencing difficulties using our HR online application system, please contact: recruitment.hr@xjtlu.edu.cn.


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