2560 Senior Instructional Designer


TITLE Senior Instructional Designer




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning


The Senior Instructional Designer supervises assigned instructional design staff, manages course development/design processes, evaluates course design, and applies best practices related to teaching and learning in a university setting. The Senior Instructional Designer manages the workflow of online course development, assigns instructional design staff to faculty for consultations and training sessions, and reviews and documents course development and other services provided by instructional design staff.  The Senior Instructional Designer performs instructional design work, facilitates online faculty learning courses/modules, and develops and delivers virtual and face-to-face workshops, maintains an online community of faculty resources, and provides college/department outreach on topics related to college teaching. The Senior Instructional Designer works closely with the Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, provides work progress reports, maintains instructional design records, and communicates with stakeholders to promote collaboration and accountability.


Education: A Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, or a related discipline is required; a Doctorate degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, or a related discipline is preferred.

Experience: With a Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, or a related discipline, at least five years of instructional design experience is required and must include experience in project management and employee supervision.  With a Doctorate degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, or a related discipline, at least two years of experience in instructional design, project management, and the supervision of employees is required. Experience working with a course management system and other instructional technology is required.  Experience with online teaching and face-to-face instruction in a college environment is required.  Experience working with both macOS and Windows platforms is preferred. Graphic design experience is preferred.  Experience creating web pages is preferred.

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to work effectively with staff and multi-disciplinary teams.  Expertise and competencies in the areas of instructional design, the practice of educational development, and adult learning theory are required. Knowledge of best practices in instructional technologies, online, blended, and face-to-face pedagogy is required.  Skills in designing and delivering training programs that focus on faculty development and pedagogical practices used in the improvement of instructional effectiveness are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. A demonstrable knowledge of web design principles is preferred.

Other: The primary work location is an office environment in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The scope of the position occasionally requires attendance and participation at evening and weekend activities and workshops. Occasional travel to workshops, seminars, and professional development and University events is required.


1. Supervises assigned instructional design staff and manages the course development and design processes for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

2. Works with the instructional community in any teaching modality, including online, blended, and face-to-face to enhance the pedagogy of any class.

3. Works with faculty and instructional design staff on the development of online and blended courses and ensures course quality through the appropriate blend of pedagogy and technology based on learning theory and instructional design practices.

4. Provides consultations and serves as a resource to faculty on the design, development, evaluation, and revision of learning outcomes, course modality, high-impact learning practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility issues, copyright, and effective assessment strategies.

5. Supports faculty use of instructional technologies through training and tutorials, troubleshooting, and providing other support services as required.

6. Performs official reviews of online courses and other instructional materials and activities, regardless of modality, to recommend revisions that are in accordance with best practices or other standards and the expected learning outcomes.

7. Improves the level of understanding of the instructional community by providing online courses, webcasts, workshops, and other resources in support of research-based teaching practices.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

10. Contributes to the overall success of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and Student Development and Public Affairs by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Senior Instructional Designer is supervised by the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and supervises assigned FCTL staff.