[Athen] Vermont: Middlebury College hiring Director of Learning Spaces and Technologies

Lydia X. Z. Brown lydia at autistichoya.com
Thu Oct 29 08:26:27 PDT 2020

Hi Folks,

We have a position available at Middlebury College - the Director of
Learning Spaces and Technologies. I work in the Disability Resource
Center on campus, and we do a fair amount of work with this position.
We'd love to have someone with a background in ADA get this position!
The online posting for this job is here:


Jodi Litchfield
Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Middlebury College
Service Building, Room 207
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-443-5936 (phone)
802-443-2440 (fax)litchfie at middlebury.edu<mailto:litchfie at middlebury.edu>

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Director of Learning Spaces and Technologies

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.*Offer is contingent
upon successful completion of a criminal background check. Earliest
anticipated start date is December 7, 2020.*
Requisition Information

Posted with Limited Access No
Limited Access Period Ending Date
Title Director of Learning Spaces and Technologies
Posting Number S01480
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-time
Typical Hours Per Week 38.75
Regular, Temporary or Term Regular
If temporary or term, enter anticipated end date
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Hourly/Salaried Salaried
Grade MG3B
Hiring Minimum $78,907.40
Department Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry
Location Middlebury, VT Campus
Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer
screening Criminal Background Check
Position Summary

The director of learning spaces and technologies promotes the creation
and integration of established and emerging learning infrastructures
in support of the curricular and scholarly practices of our community.
With a focus on connecting learning environments to the strategic
goals of Middlebury, the director engages a diverse range of
collaborators across Middlebury including faculty, staff, students to
articulate a vision for Middlebury’s digital and physical learning
spaces, and works with the digital learning and inquiry (DLINQ)
leadership team to enact that vision. In collaboration with the DLINQ
leadership team, the director promotes a vision for Middlebury’s
digital and physical learning spaces that embodies values of inclusion
and anti-racism.

Working in close partnership with faculty and staff across the
Libraries; Information Technology Services; the Center for Teaching,
Learning & Research; MiddData and META Lab; and elsewhere across
Middlebury, the director ensures that faculty and students across
Middlebury have access to and support for tools and spaces for
research, teaching, and learning.

The director works with faculty across all Middlebury programs to
support learning space and learning technology needs in alignment with
Middlebury’s strategic goals. This means evaluating existing
spaces/tools, speaking with faculty and students about unmet needs or
exclusionary barriers and creating plans for improvements. This work
requires creative problem-solving and an understanding of teaching and
learning research to help address instructional and inclusion issues.
This position reports to the associate provost for digital learning
and is a member of the DLINQ leadership team.
Essential Functions

*Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.*

*Earliest anticipated start date is December 7, 2020.*

- Establishing requirements for learning and research infrastructure
and tools, creating workflows to support educational programs within
those environments, and overseeing a broad range of projects that
involve tools like GIS and text mining databases, annotation, online
courses, open web practices, and platforms like open access publishing
and digital archives, and emerging interdisciplinary movements like
the digital humanities.
- Co-creating a vision for Middlebury’s Domain of One’s Own initiative
(MiddCreate), helping advance the goals of that open learning
infrastructure (and others) for teaching and research at Middlebury.
- Collaborating with faculty on projects that involve updates or new
infrastructures/spaces/tools, in collaboration with instructional
designers in the Digital Pedagogy and Media team.
- Proposing and designing creative solutions to pedagogical issues
faced in physical and digital learning spaces and working with the
appropriate campus partners, especially Information Technology
Services, to build and test those solutions.
- Participating in planning, implementation, and assessment of new
classroom designs, and serving as an advisor to the Space Committee,
as well as a member of the Academic Space Advisory Committee.
- Participating in planning efforts to align infrastructure, systems,
and support structures to support academic programs.
- Conducting research to evaluate how learning spaces and
infrastructures are used across all programs, disseminating that
research to campus partners, and using the research to inform
recommendations and strategies for improving physical and digital
campus spaces.
- Collaborating with colleagues in Facilities, the Disability Resource
Center, and others to create and advance accessible physical and
digital infrastructures that are inclusive of diverse learners.
General Responsibilities

- Communicating about the group’s work via websites, emails, and other
forms of communication.
- Working collaboratively with other units in this group to meet
strategic goals.
- Working collaboratively with the exploratory
initiatives/partnerships and digital pedagogy/media groups to identify
opportunities for exploration, creative problem solving, and
- Reporting regularly to the Associate Provost to provide updates,
requests, and helpful information.
- Performing other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s and graduate degree required. Terminal degree strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Professional-level interpersonal communication, collaboration,
supervision, project management, and facilitation skills.
- Ability to work with and manage a team of specialists across the
country; ability to adopt an institution-wide mindset and work with
constituents across a global network of programs and campuses.
- Ability to communicate with empathy, tact, and clarity.
- Knowledge of and experience with equity- and justice-centered design
approaches to facilitation and innovation processes in educational
- Knowledge of and experience with open education initiatives.
Demonstrated advocate for open practices, resources, and
infrastructures in support of more inclusive and accessible education.
- Experience with open and connected infrastructures for learning,
such as Domain of One’s Own.
- Knowledge of and experience with accessibility and inclusion
initiatives within learning environments in higher education
- Demonstrated facility with current and experimental technologies
commonly used in digital humanities projects.
- Substantial theoretical and practical knowledge regarding blended or
hybrid learning in the academic environment, classroom and educational
technologies; an awareness of how digital tools, techniques, and
resources are best acquired, described, preserved, and delivered to
students and faculty to support learning, teaching and research.
- Demonstrated experience with digital learning technology
infrastructures including video asset platforms such as Panopto, web
publishing platforms such as Wordpress, learning management systems
(LMS) such as Canvas, Moodle, or Blackboard. Clear understanding of
the strengths and weaknesses of LMS and familiarity with approaches to
digital learning that can take place outside of “walled gardens.”
- Familiarity with theory and research on learning environments and
with best practices in learning space design.
- Professional engagement through papers, presentations, and digital
publication streams (e.g., blogs, Twitter).
- Knowledge of the evolving landscape of educational technology and
its intersections with higher education and the teaching profession.
- Project management and organizational experience.

At least 5 years supporting digital learning and curricular technology
initiatives in higher education. At least 8 years of experience
managing teams of specialists, preferably in higher education
environments. Experience working in complex organizational situations
with institutional and external partners is preferred. Experience
partnering with academic departments and faculty on a wide range of
projects is required. Teaching experience, preferably within a higher
education context, strongly preferred.
Physical Demands
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

*Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.*

*Earliest anticipated start date is December 7, 2020.*
Recommendation Letter Requirements
Supplemental Questions for Posting

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Applicant Document
*Required Documents*

1. Resume/C V

*Optional Documents*

1. Cover Letter
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