Academic Technology Specialist, Department of English, Stanford University

Academic Technology Specialist, Department of English, Stanford University

Stanford University is hiring a new Academic Technology Specialist to focus on online learning for the English Department. This is an exciting #alt-ac digital learning and pedagogy position. Here's the full description:

Stanford's Academic Technology Specialists (ATSs) collaborate with faculty and staff in departments or programs to provide leadership in the uses of information technology for education and research. The ATS Program’s mission is to be innovative and creative in making technology accessible, understandable, and appealing to an academic audience; and to offer the resources to identify and integrate technological solutions to best meet pedagogical and research needs. The ATS Program is part of Academic Computing Services (ACS), a division of Stanford Libraries. ACS operates and supports multiple technology-rich education and multimedia services on campus, including CourseWork, Stanford's primary learning management system.

The ATS for the Department of English will initially focus on implementing online courses featuring multiple faculty members and covering the history of English and American literature. The first goal will be to transform the Department’s new Core Curriculum by moving much of its lecture-content to an interactive online platform. The Department’s ultimate goal is to make Stanford English an intellectual hub for online reference tools and courses in English and American literature. Overall, the aim is for online technologies to enhance the learning experience of Stanford students while increasing the global visibility of Stanford in the humanities. 
In addition to developing and supporting the Department of English’s online education efforts, the ATS will assist literature faculty more generally with the integration of technology into their teaching and research activities.


The incumbent will report to a Manager in the ATS Program and will be located in Margaret Jacks Hall; in partnership with ACS, his/her work for the English Department will be directed by the Department Chair. In addition to working with faculty and graduate students associated with the English department, the ATS will devote twenty percent of his/her time in service to the ATS Program in its technology innovation and leadership role within ACS and Stanford Libraries.

Responsibilities:
• Provide technical and pedagogical leadership in designing the course platform, finding solutions for lecture capture and video production, and structuring interactive web-assisted tools and activities; provide overall coordination and management of the online course experience.
• Design and develop solutions to the difficult problem of online assessment of writing and other assignments featuring literary and critical analysis.
• Collaborate with colleagues from the Vice Provost of Online Learning (VPOL) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to explore and develop appropriate platforms and production services. Serve as liaison to VPOL and CTL and consult on best practices for online pedagogies and delivery of humanities courses. Partner with VPOL and CTL to sync course offerings with broader developments in online education at Stanford.
• Coordinate academic learning technology policies, procedures, and support. 
• Provide consulting to faculty and colleagues when technical depth in humanities instructional resources is needed. Initiate ideas, implement solutions, and find resources for use in teaching and course development.
• Assess training needs for faculty, graduate students, and teaching assistants; develop and deliver workshops, supporting documentation, and appropriate tools. 
• Recommend commercially available software, providing consulting support to develop individual applications, or work with on- or off-campus resources to develop or adapt applications. Guide faculty to appropriate online resources and assist them in making their own online scholarly contributions. 
• Develop relationships with service providers throughout the University to advocate needs and obtain resources for English Department faculty and students. 
• Consult with faculty in the use of technologically enhanced classrooms and in designing courses and activities to fully utilize the rooms' features. 
• Review professional literature; network with colleagues within and outside the University; participate in conferences, newsgroups and other forums to continually improve knowledge of academic technology and humanities instruction. 

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity in making technology accessible, understandable, and appealing to an academic audience (both in the classroom and online), and demonstrated leadership and resourcefulness in identifying and integrating technological solutions to pedagogical needs.
 

Specific requirements:
• An advanced degree in the humanities, with a focus on literature , plus at least five years’ experience in academic computing—or the equivalent combination of education and experience. A doctoral degree in the humanities or education is desirable. 
• An interest in literature and the desire to enhance the understanding and experience of the subject for students at Stanford and, potentially, a broader public. Demonstrated ability to express course material and pedagogic goals through the imaginative application of technology to existing materials and structures.
• Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community; experience working in an environment where colleagues have diverse backgrounds and interests.
• The necessary skills to plan, formulate, and manage online courses so that they are rewarding experiences for students and teachers alike. 
• Demonstrated expertise in both humanities course content pedagogy and online delivery technologies, so as to be able to serve as a creative liaison between faculty and engineers or representatives of different online platforms. 
• Experience with scripting (Ruby, Php, Python) and relational databases (Oracle, MySQL, PostGreSQL); experience delivering applications and providing computing resources in a networked environment; experience with object oriented programming (Java) desirable,
• Excellent time management and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks, and use good judgment in providing services based on goals.
• Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows environments, and facility with Unix. 
• Experience developing web sites using graphics, audio, and video resources. Experience working with content management systems.

To apply, go to https://jobs.stanford.edu and search for Job ID #50014.

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