Mary Baldwin University seeks a visionary and technologically adept leader and strategist to help direct and support the growth of MBU Online, a vibrant new initiative to build on the institution’s historic strength in meeting the needs of non-traditional and non-residential students, as well as to strengthen the university’s hybrid and face to face courses.

With various reporting options available based upon candidate experience and education, this position will provide both program level strategy as well as design and help deliver support to on-campus and remote faculty on a variety of platforms as they develop and offer courses that embrace the potential of emerging technologies and pedagogies. The successful candidate will be energetic and engaging, with excellent planning and organizational, interpersonal, change management, and presentation skills. The position requires demonstrated capabilities with designing and delivering online curricula, as well as experience in the CANVAS Learning Management System and competency-based course management, and a working knowledge of learning analytics. Experience with artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and cognitive learning systems is a plus.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in providing strategic direction to MBU Online at the programmatic, curricular, and pedagogical level, guiding the development and deployment of digital learning enhancements for online and face to face courses
  2. Design resources to support faculty as they build and offer courses in CANVAS, incorporate competency based learning, and employ learning analytics within their courses
  3. Work with university administration to develop learning analytics and outcomes reports
  4. Make presentations and lead workshops to introduce new technologies
  5. Investigate new instructional technologies and report suitability/usability for Mary Baldwin
  6. Implement Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Cognitive Learning systems within online courses

 

Minimum Qualifications:

-A Master’s degree in Online Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology, or equivalent degree in related field required

-A minimum of two years of experience in leading the development of online programs, with three additional years of experience in educational technology required

-Direct experience working with the Canvas Learning Management System required

-A record of successful implementation of competency-based learning and learning analytics, and/or demonstrated experience with artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and cognitive learning systems strongly preferred.

-Highly advanced, broad-based, job-specific knowledge generally recognized in the field, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook, image editing software, Panopto, and HTML editor, required.

-Proven ability to communicate effectively with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students on technical and non-technical issues required. Experience working with non-traditional, diverse student and employee populations strongly preferred.

 

Application Process:

Please submit letter of interest, current cv, and the names and contact information for three professional references to digitallearningsearch@marybaldwin.edu. Review of applications begins July 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Mary Baldwin University does not discriminate on the basis of sex (except that only women are admitted to Mary Baldwin College for Women), nor does the University discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, religion, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions, co-curricular or other activities, or employment practices. Inquiries may be directed to Director of Human Resources, SAC 312, 540-887-7367, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia 24401.

 

A Diverse and Inclusive Community:

Mary Baldwin University is an intentionally diverse educational community and aspires to develop a faculty and staff that reflect its student demographics. The university places a high priority on the cultivation of a community in which all students are both seen and heard. As such, we seek and encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education and with experience working with diverse student bodies. Above all, Mary Baldwin seeks candidates eager to embrace and empower an ethic of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

 

Mary Baldwin University and Staunton Overview:

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral. It serves a vibrant student population on its main campus in Staunton, Virginia; at its nearby health sciences campus in Augusta County; and through MBU Online. Two hours from the nation’s capital, located on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the picturesque and historic Shenandoah Valley, the university’s main campus is on 58 hilltop acres and opens onto downtown Staunton, regularly named one of the best small towns in America.

The university welcomed its largest ever incoming class in Fall 2018, and it is a pivotal and exciting time in the institution’s distinguished 177-year history. A radical belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided Mary Baldwin University since its founding. Mary Baldwin’s history began with founder Rufus Bailey and what was then a revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. A generation later, namesake Mary Julia Baldwin took the reins during the Civil War; afterward her cutting-edge innovations made the institution thrive. Augusta Female Seminary was renamed Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895 in honor of Miss Baldwin, and became Mary Baldwin College in 1923. In 2016, the institution became Mary Baldwin University to reflect its growing range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, and in 2017 the university welcomed its first residential men students to campus. Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, the university has repeatedly introduced new methods and programs at the forward edge of educational trends and societal needs. Emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, MBU is noted for high academic standards, strong leadership development programs, a diverse student body, and innovative programs including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.

Known for its historic architecture and charming downtown, Staunton is home to a vibrant arts and music scene and offers a range of excellent dining, wine bars, and micro-breweries. With five National Historic Districts, Staunton is easily explored by foot. Its compact downtown features over one hundred unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Founded in 1747, the city is the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, and the city manager form of government. At the crossroads of Virginia, Staunton is a transportation hub with advanced rail, highway, and air access. The city lies at the heart of Virginia’s Education and Technology Corridor with nine colleges and universities regionally and a “Blue Ribbon” local school system. Staunton is within Augusta County which hosts corporate residents including Best Buy, Specialty Blades, Bruin, U.S.A., McKee Foods, Hershey Chocolate, and a host of other fine companies.

Opportunities to explore the arts and culture abound in Staunton. Located on the edge of campus are the Blackfriars Playhouse, the only replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theater, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. The Heifetz International Music Institute makes its home at Mary Baldwin University each summer; along with the Staunton Music Festival, music lovers can fill the summer months with performances of superior quality. The community supports a thriving farmers’ market and excellent restaurants.

The Shenandoah Valley with the adjacent Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains offer scenic beauty and abundant opportunity for outdoor activities. The region features Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the George Washington National Forest, includes over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and offers numerous other hiking and biking trails, spectacular caverns, trout fishing in mountain streams, golf, kayaking, and skiing. Vineyards and wineries abound in the region along with a growing range of other agribusinesses.

 

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