Instructional Design Specialist - Faculty Professional Development

  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Janesville, WI, USA
  • Jun 11, 2022
Full time Instructional Services & Curriculum Design

Job Description

Instructional Design Specialist - Faculty Professional Development


Under the supervision and guidance of the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, this position, as part of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), will support the College's efforts to improve teaching and learning through continuous faculty professional learning and development. Through the effective application of evidence- and performance-based instructional design theories and application, this position will assist faculty in the design and delivery of courses in multiple formats that support student learning success and retention. Primary focus is the design of programs and courses for multiple delivery models as well as the support for professional learning and development needed for faculty in the areas pertaining to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Collaboration with faculty, CITL team members, the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, and other academic administration is essential. This position will oversee the New Faculty Academy, focusing on compliance with th WTCS Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS), including the design and delivery of initial certification courses.


Instructional Design:

1. Research, recommend, plan, and assist faculty to implement learner-centered methodologies for design, delivery, and assessment of learning.
2. Coach and guide faculty in adaptation of instructional content using teaching and learning pedagogy.
3. Provide support in a one-on-one or group training environment for faculty and instructional staff on the College's multiple teaching and learning systems, including the current curriculum and learning management systems, WIDS, and Blackboard.
4. Create training materials, presentations, workshops, online modules, and faculty online support materials to support current and new instructional design and delivery components.
5. Collaborate with Institutional Effectiveness to assist the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources in identifying and deploying measurement tools for the improvement of teaching and learning outcomes.
6. Provide documentation, feedback, and input for continuous improvement of instructional design and delivery,
7. Engage in professional learning centered on innovative course design and delivery, including high quality teaching practices and balanced assessment strategies.

Faculty Professional Development:

1. Manage and lead the New Faculty Academy, including all initial WTCS Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS) requirements.
2. Collaborate with CITL team members and other academic divisions on a wide range of faulty professional development activities to meet the needs of a diverse faculty group including full-time and adjunct faulty.
3. Ensure that the college is meeting the FQAS standards and guidelines and align FQAS requirements with identified faculty professional development needs.
4. Engage and develop faculty mentors and coaches as part of FQAS to support the College's instructional balanced assessment-related initiatives.
5. Identify faculty professional development strengths and needs in the application of current learning theories, including evidence-based instructional practices that support student learning.
6. Plan and conduct traditional and web-enabled professional development for faculty and instructional staff in the use of learning/curriculum management systems, such as Blackboard and WIDS.
7. Conduct needs assessment and faculty professional development evaluations to create/revise comprehensive faculty development pathway plans.
8. Collaborate with multiple sources to secure resources for faculty development as it relates to teaching and learning.
9. Manage the academic administration of SumTotal, the College's employee learning management system.

Other duties:

1. Serve on internal and external committees and organizations as appropriate.
2. Assist in the annual division planning, budgeting, and academic professional development planning processes.
3. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


1. Project and process management capabilities and ability to handle multiple short- and long-term projects at the same time.
2. Strong visual, written, and oral interpersonal communication and customer service skills.
3. High level of creative problem-solving skills.
4. Lesson and curriculum planning skills.
5. Excellent knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models.
6. Willingness to update and improve own knowledge, skills, and attitudes pertaining to instructional design, assessment, and course/curriculum development in multiple formats.
7. Ability to apply fundamental research skills to instructional design projects and faculty professional development activities.
8. Ability to analyze problems and situations, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
9. Proficient with current Instructional Technology and online course authoring tools, including learning management software, preferably Blackboard. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.


1. Master's degree in Education, Instructional Design, or an Education-related field.
2. Minimum of 2 years training/teaching experience. Teaching experience at the K-12 of post-secondary level is preferred.
3. Experience working with culturally diverse populations.

Blackhawk Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, or age in employment, admissions or its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to manage inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer, 6004 S County Road G, P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, WI 53547-5009, (608) 757-7796 or (608) 757-7773, WI Relay: 711.

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