Director of Engaged Teaching

UC San Diego

The Director of Engaged Teaching is a vital member of the UC San Diego Teaching + Learning Commons team, collaborating to provide high-level services to support UC San Diego’s instructional community. This role is instrumental in advancing an equity-focused student success ecosystem, with a particular focus on closing equity gaps for historically underrepresented, minoritized students through inclusive and equitable teaching practices.

The director shares responsibility in providing leadership to support the entire university teaching community; building close relationships with academic departments and faculty; designing and facilitating educational development programs and learning communities that are grounded in learner-centered, equity-minded, and anti-racist theories and practices; contributing to the scholarship of teaching and learning; and promoting teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection.

As a member of the Teaching + Learning Commons, the incumbent is responsible for contributing to the Commons’ mission, vision, and strategic plan, as well as UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. The Director has personnel responsibilities including hiring, training, and supervising professional and student staff, and operational responsibilities for Engaged Teaching, including budget management, program assessment and planning, and hiring, training, and supervision of professional and student staff.

The Director of Engaged Teaching reports to the Senior Director of Instruction and Pedagogy, who in turn reports to The Commons’ Faculty Director.


  • Strong knowledge of training and development programs and organization business strategies to ensure proper alignment of training programs. Demonstrated ability to create, implement, and maintain evidence-based instructional support programs for a wide range of disciplines at the university level. Experience establishing and sustaining new programs and initiatives. Experience working with the instructional and administrative needs of the liberal arts, STEM fields, and professional schools in STEM, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences. Ability and skills to work collaboratively with faculty to translate evidence-based, equity-minded, anti-racist teaching strategies into practical, sustainable teaching practices at every stage of their career. Experience in developing, leading, and facilitating pedagogical workshops.
  • Excellent program administration and project management expertise. Excellent project management skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize, organize, delegate, and coordinate complex tasks to ensure successful project completion while also allowing for conflicting schedules and changing priorities.
  • Maintains effective professional relationships with organization department managers as well as other managers in the field. Ability to work collaboratively and strategically within the Commons, and campus-wide with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and other stakeholders across functions, levels, and disciplines that collectively support the University’s instruction, research, and service missions. Strong record of dynamic interdisciplinary collaboration. Demonstrated ability to establish effective liaisons and collaborate effectively with diverse groups, incl. administrators, academic units, faculty, students, and staff, campus committees, as well as on and off-campus organizations from a variety of disciplines and diverse cultural backgrounds with diverse goals.
  • Strong understanding of the goals of the university and ways in which this position can support those goals. Familiarity with the academic mission of a research university.
  • Strong, effective, and clear verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills and strong presentation skills. Exceptional oral and written communication and consulting skills to support a diverse group of UC San Diego instructors (with diverse cultural, educational, and teaching backgrounds, social identities, institutional roles, and disciplines). Experience speaking before large and small audiences and in communicating verbally one-on-one with faculty, staff, students, parents, business persons, etc.
  • Strong management skills, including strong skills in directing and developing staff members. Excellent management and leadership skills. Knowledge of leadership theories and programs. Evidence of hiring, developing, supervising, and evaluating employees. Skilled in performance management and evaluations.
  • Strong skills in conducting needs assessment and program development and delivery.
  • Awareness of and commitment to equity and inclusive teaching practices that support diverse students. A demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice and to ensuring access and success of minoritized groups in higher education. Familiarity with educational scholarship related to equity-minded, anti-racist teaching practices, and commitment to inclusive teaching practices.
  • Evidence of scholarly accomplishment and/or capacity to author research on teaching and learning. A record of peer-reviewed publications in the scholarship of teaching and/or the science of learning.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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