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Faculty Professional Development Curriculum Designer & Instructor

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a national non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, seeks a Curriculum Designer & Instructor for a new project being funded by the National Science Foundation for three years. This is a part-time, contract  position (20 hours per week) and is not bound by location other than the U.S.

NCWIT works to increase women's meaningful participation in technology and computing by leveraging the efforts of organizations across the country through sharing research- and evidence-based practices for recruiting, retaining and advancing girls and women in computing. This project is a demonstration project aimed at improving the ability of computer science departments at community colleges to recruit and retain women and other under-represented populations in the field of computing.

The Curriculum Designer & Instructor (CD&I) will develop a professional development curriculum for faculty members at community colleges around the U.S. The bulk of the material will consist of research-based methods for recruiting and retaining women but will also include practices for delivering excellent computer science content. In the pilot phases, the CD&I will deliver the semester-long curriculum via videoconference and other remote methods to two small cohorts of community college faculty. The curriculum must be designed to scale up to a standalone online model.

Job tasks will include (but are not be limited to):

  • Learn and convey the promising practices for academic recruiting and retention posted by NCWIT social science researchers at www.ncwit.org/resources
  • Develop a curriculum based on NCWIT Promising Practices to teach computer science faculty how to attract and retain students from historically underrepresented groups in their classes
  • Work with the content specialists on the project’s Advisory Board to develop modules to improve the teaching of key introductory computer science concepts.
  • Teach the semester-long curriculum to pilot faculty in weekly or biweekly sessions. This may require evening sessions.
  • Revise curriculum after each of the two  semester sessions.
  • Work with the project team to  design methods for revising the curriculum for a standalone, interactive online model based on evaluation feedback.
  • Meet regularly with program staff and have workshop content reviewed and revised prior to each workshop session.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess:

  • At least 5 years of teaching experience with adult learners
  • Formal education or training in pedagogy, learning sciences, or professional development (or equivalent job-based experience)
  • Advanced skills in MS Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), sharing platforms (e.g., Google docs, DropBox, etc.), and online conference software (e.g., Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc.)
  • Proven success in planning, prioritization, organization and self-direction
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills (strong verbal and written)
  • Superb teaching skills
  • Understanding of gender equity issues and/or under-representation in STEM disciplines
  • Some experience with computer science or related fields preferred
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams preferred

This work will be compensated on a project basis, with bimonthly payments. Compensation commensurate with experience.