Instructional Design Support, Indigenous Focus

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Competition No.  -    S103144712D1
Posting Date  -    Apr 21, 2021
Closing Date  -    May 11, 2021
 
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $46,627 to $62,954 per year
Grade  -    07
Hours  -    35

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates.

This position has a term length of two years and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports instructors and programs to develop engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students by inspiring, empowering, modelling, and connecting excellent teaching at the University of Alberta. CTL is a service unit committed to improving university teaching and building a culture of teaching at the U of A. More information about CTL programming can be found here.

As part of the University of Alberta’s implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015), the Centre for Teaching and Learning is committed to instructor programming aimed at Indigenizing and decolonizing curricula, instructional delivery, assessment of learning, and evaluation of teaching across our campuses, faculties, and departments. 

Reporting to the Lead Educational Developer Indigenous Focus, the Instructional Design Support team member at CTL provides three main deliverables within the Indigenous portfolio:

  1. Resources aimed at educating and (re)educating instructors about Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing, and relating in order to reform structural, group, and individual teaching and learning relationships within the academy;
  2. Resources for instructors for the purposes of creating and sustaining safe, supportive, and effective teaching and learning experiences for Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors and students;
  3. Support the Lead Educational Developer Indigenous Focus with instructional materials and community engagement within the Indigenous portfolio.

Duties

Resources aimed at educating and (re)educating instructors about Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing, and relating in order to reform structural, group, and individual teaching and learning relationships within the academy. The primary focus of these resources is the decolonization and Indigenization of curricula:

  • select and curate external Canadian web resources for the CTL website Indigenous pages
  • research and write content within an Indigenous Studies focus for post-secondary instructors
  • write and revise resources for the CTL website aimed challenging existing teaching and learning relationship norms in the academy
  • contribute to blogs and other communication related to Indigenizing and decolonizing teaching at the University of Alberta
  • adapt existing resources on Indigenizing and decolonizing teaching and learning to University of Alberta context

Resources for instructors for the purposes of creating and sustaining safe, supportive, and effective teaching and learning experiences for Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors and students. The focus of these resources is on the Indigenization of instructional delivery, assessment for learning, and evaluation of teaching:

  • write and revise web content on the CTL website for instructors’ teaching practice
  • plan, script, and storyboard online modules aimed at Indigenizing and decolonizing teaching materials and practices within university courses
  • collaborate with the Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning (TETL) team to facilitate the production of videos or podcasts for Indigenizing and decolonizing teaching practices

Support the Lead Educational Developer Indigenous Focus:

  • create powerpoint, google, or keynote presentations for use in webinars or workshops
  • assist in the facilitation of stakeholder engagement coordination, meetings, or events
  • script questions for podcasts with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, or Allies
  • search for and select appropriate images for Indigenous focused educational development practices
  • search for and select appropriate Indigenous focused literature (articles, etc.) to support Indigenous perspectives for course design, implementation, and assessment

Team or Other:

  • attend Centre wide, CTL Team Meetings and Team Gatherings as required
  • support Centre wide events such as the Online Teaching Institute and Festival of Teaching
  • communicate professionally with colleagues within and outside the Centre
  • participate in quarterly review of performance with Lead Educational Developer Indigenous Focus
  • all other duties as assigned 

Qualifications

This is an Indigenous-specific position. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people are encouraged to apply. Having an Indigenous-lived experience would be preferred.

  • Minimum undergraduate degree with a preference in Indigenous Studies or Education; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • Ability to research and critically evaluate academic and non-academic resources from an Indigenous lens
  • Must have knowledge and experience with Indigenous pedagogies and worldviews as related to the development of core curricular supports within the academy
  • Knowledge of instructional design strategies and experience developing instructional resources for Indigenization and decolonization is preferred
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and pedagogies (andragogies) of Adult Education
  • Knowledge and experience with protocols and procedures for working with Indigenous populations
  • Knowledge and experience with hosting community engagement opportunities
  • Knowledge of historical and contemporary Indigenous perspectives in education broadly
  • Working knowledge of how racism, colonialism, imperialism and patriarchy impact the lives of Indigenous people 
  • Understanding of salient scholarly work in Indigenous Studies 
  • Effective and flexible writing abilities for interpersonal, professional, and technical contexts 
  • Strong communication skills, including interpersonal, and the ability to work with others
  • Knowledge and experience with digital technology is preferred
  • Ability to prioritize complete tasks, planning, and projects, to meet multiple deadlines

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter stating your qualifications and the names of three references. 

 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.