Associate Instructional Designer
University of Illinois at Chicago

Reporting to the CATE Senior Instructional Designer, the Associate Instructional Designer will plan and develop innovative courses and programs, advise instructors through on-campus and online consultations on course design and the delivery of instruction in various course modalities with the appropriate educational technologies, organize and deliver professional development programs such as on-campus workshops and online webinars, and create content for and deploy pedagogical resources such as teaching guides, newsletter articles, and on-demand videos. Key responsibilities of this position as follows.

  • Requires 2+ years experience
  • Full time
  • Chicago, United States
  • Requires Bachelor's degree
October 6, 2022

Course Design

  • Collaborate one-on-one with instructors and other Subject Matter Experts to improve existing or to plan and create new high-quality, interactive, and accessible courses appropriate for on-campus, online, hybrid, and/or synchronous distributed instructional modalities; determine student learning objectives; and design compelling course content.
  • Utilize Instructional Design software and course delivery systems to develop the materials, including media and instructional methodologies for presenting course content.
  • Structure, organize, edit, repurpose, and/or redesign content in a pedagogically sound manner for the learning environment.
  • Develop assessment tools to measure course effectiveness, program quality, and to ensure student learning objectives are met.
  • Analyze confidential data on student outcomes, instruction, and curriculum content and delivery; summarize findings and recommend changes for improvements.

Consultation And Training

  • Respond to instructors and departments requesting consultations and training on course design and delivery.
  • Advise instructors through one-on-one consultations on processes to identify student learning needs, on course design, on evaluating and selecting instructional methodologies and suitable educational technology to deliver course content, and on strategies to assess student outcomes.
  • Develop online quick guides, teaching guides, and toolkits on instructional techniques and evidence-based approaches to student learning.
  • Develop and deliver professional learning opportunities including workshops and webinars on designing and implementing courses in modalities such as hybrid, synchronous distributed, and online synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Proactively engage with Instructional Technologists to become familiar with the educational technology and tools within UIC's course management system (Blackboard) to offer expertise during consultations, training delivered to instructors, and course design services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree with certification and/or other formal training (e.g., Master's degree) in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, or related field.
  • Experience working with Learning Management Systems, preferably Blackboard.
  • Experience in professional writing or editing, audiovisual design and/or production, design and/or production of evaluation tools, educational programming, curriculum development and/or delivery.
  • Knowledge of and experience in current and emerging instructional pedagogies, adult learning theories, accessibility, usability, human-centered design, learning outcome assessment, and the application of Instructional Design models.
  • Strong communication skills.

This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with an anticipated start date of November 16, 2022. Salary range is from $65,000 to $75,000, commensurate with experience. For fullest consideration, please submit a 1–2 page letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Candidates may also submit up to five pages in materials from their portfolio in Instructional Design that they feel would assist the search committee with an evaluation of their application. Examples of such materials include a record of past course design experiences and/or a writing sample.

Who You Are

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applicants for the position of Associate Instructional Designer to support the CATE's mission to engage all members of the UIC education community in transforming courses and programs into inclusive, accessible, engaging, and innovative learning environments.

Who We Are

UIC is among the nation's preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate, and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant, and engaged urban university. Recent Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.

Job Function
Instructional Designer
Higher Education