University of Waterloo

  • Instructional Developer, Research and Consulting

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    5620 - Centre for Teaching Excellence
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $70,663 - $88,329
  • Overview

    The primary purpose of the Instructional Developer, Research and Consulting role is twofold: consulting with faculty and staff on the design and implementation of pedagogical research; and supporting University of Waterloo initiatives to develop, fund, and disseminate such research (e.g. grants program, annual conference, learning communities, and workshops). In so doing, the role cultivates intentional, scholarly teaching in alignment with the University’s overall priorities and the mission of the Centre for Teaching Excellence.


    This role works in conjunction with various colleagues at CTE (primarily the Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Programs and Research, and the Research Associate), across the institution, and beyond.


    Primary responsibilities, campus-wide:

    • Provides leadership on an annual teaching conference and University-wide learning and teaching grants programs, working closely with the SID, Faculty Programs and Research, and the Educational Research Associate
    • Consults with instructors and staff regarding the design, implementation, and dissemination of pedagogical research, and more generally on the design, delivery, and evaluation of teaching
    • Coordinates, promotes, and facilitates workshops and events in support of pedagogical scholarship; facilitates other relevant programming for instructors as needed (e.g., Instructional Skills Workshop, Course Design Fundamentals)
    • Maintains close contact with research support areas, such as the Office of Research, Survey Research Centre, Student Success Office, Writing Centre, and the Library

    Primary responsibilities, external-facing:

    • Represents the University of Waterloo on regional, national, and international professional committees, and at meetings and conferences (e.g., STLHE, POD Network, ICED, ISSOTL, COED)
    • Makes scholarly contributions to the higher education field


    • Provides guidance to the Educational Research Associate and co-op students as needed
    • Contributes where appropriate to undergraduate, graduate, or CUT student project supervision

    Secondary responsibilities

    • Seeks opportunities to teach undergraduate or graduate courses where appropriate


    • Completion of a Master’s degree in Education or a related discipline, PhD an asset
    • Experience teaching in a higher education institution is key, as is a strong background in instructional development (including workshop facilitation and individual consultation) and, in particular, assessment of student learning in relation to course design and evidence of learning impact
    • Proven communication and organizational skills, along with evidence of diplomacy, tact, and respect for various disciplinary norms
    • Experience delivering conference sessions is also considered essential
    • Demonstrated facility with social science research design and analysis methods, both qualitative and quantitative, together with an understanding of and appreciation for research methods in Humanities, STEM, and clinical disciplines
    • Proven communication and organizational skills, along with evidence of diplomacy, tact, and respect for various disciplinary norms.


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