Instructional & Learning Technologist for Humanities and Arts

Instructional & Learning Technologist for Humanities and Arts

Location: Whitman College

Position summary:

 SUMMARY OF POSITION

  • WHITMAN COLLEGE-Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer

  • (EEO) .TECHNOLOGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT-Our department delivers both technological services and collaborative, strategic thinking/implementation to the Whitman community. We organize ourselves into five interconnected teams: Client Services, Enterprise Technology, Technology Infrastructure, Instructional and Learning Technology, and Information Security. Throughout our collective efforts, we constantly strive to make things (even) better, perform with integrity by doing the right thing, listen and speak with care, stay hungry with curiosity, and not forget to have fun in what we do. Read more about us: https://www.whitman.edu/technology-services/about-technology-services

  • INSTRUCTIONAL AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGY GROUP- As part of Technology Services, our group’s “bread and butter” is working closely with faculty to help them enhance and/or augment their pedagogical and scholarly goals through the effective application of technology. We passionately pursue this broad spectrum of activities in everything from helping faculty with day-to-day computing to supporting long term projects; from technical support of events, to examining and piloting exciting new uses of technology.

  • POSITION SUMMARY-This position works to augment and enhance instruction and learning through technology, for both students and faculty, specifically in the Humanities (Division 2), and to assist with the development of the Digital Fluencies Initiative. The Digital Fluencies Initiative seeks to empower students to build their knowledge of digital tools and practices, and subsequently articulate to others what, why, and how they can use technology effectively. As a member of the Instructional and Learning Technology group of Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS), this position collaborates with other IT members to provide an information technology environment that is consistent with the goals and needs of Whitman College students, faculty, and staff. We are dedicated to creating, promoting, and nurturing a safe and inclusive work environment and we expect the same from each of our team members. We value diverse talents and welcome individuals with unique backgrounds, languages, working styles, and skill sets.

  • PRINCIPAL POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES-The principal responsibility of the Instructional and Learning Technologist for the Humanities and Arts is to work with, collaborate, and support Humanities and Arts faculty members. This person is also charged with assisting with the Digital Fluencies Initiative.
    • Responsibilities and duties include:
      • Pursuing the effective and/or innovative application of technology to meet with pedagogical and scholarly pursuits by: Collaborating with faculty, other Technology Services staff, librarians, students, and others to identify, design, develop, implement, maintain, and assess instructional and learning uses of technology.
      • Supporting new and extant faculty and student endeavors through troubleshooting, maintenance, documentation, and training.
      • Keeping abreast of current and emerging educational technology developments (e.g. Digital Humanities, multimedia authoring, etc)
      • .Assisting in the deployment of technologies to faculty, especially in Division 2 (Humanities and Arts).Assisting senior Technology Services leaders and other staff with coordinating and developing the Whitman Digital Fluencies Initiative by helping with: Logistics/Coordination of the Initiative’s structure, events, and instructional materials. Acquisition, repurposing, and/or creation of instructional content.
      • Promotion of opportunities to campus constituents, especially students. Assessment of the Initiative’s effectiveness. Assisting other Technology Services staff in maintaining and developing Division 2 computer labs, Multimedia Development Lab, and collaborative learning spaces, acting as the forward-facing interface between faculty and students and other Technology Services staff. Perform other essential duties as assigned.

  • QUALIFICATIONS Individuals must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities and to possess the necessary physical requirements with or without the aid of mechanical devices, to safely perform the essential functions of the job.
    • Minimum Qualifications:
      • Bachelor's degree (emphasis/major in education, humanities, arts, technology, or other relevant field is a plus).
      • Value, respect, and welcome diverse perspectives and experiences.
      • Devoted to exploring and supporting the intersections of technology with teaching and learning.
      • Passionate about creating and articulating ideas, instructions, and stories through multiple forms of communication (like writing, video making, podcasts, etc), with proficiency in at least one medium.
      • Proficiency with Mac OS and/or Microsoft Windows.
      • Curiosity to continually learn new things about technology.
      • Eagerness to engage in problem solving.
      • Ability to work independently and in teams.
      • Willingness to very occasionally work during an evening or on a weekend.
      • Satisfactory completion of background check.
    • Desired Qualifications: The following attributes are not mandatory, but we hope for as many of these as possible in the ideal candidate:
      • Technological Experience in supporting and/or using: Web applications and/or content management systems (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, etc).
      • Multimedia applications for presentation/publication, graphics, audio (sound design, music, and/or podcasting), video, digitization of analog materials.
      • Digital Humanities applications (e.g. TEI, Omeka).Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Moodle).
      • Instruction and Learning Advanced degree in Education, Instructional Design, Rhetoric & Composition, creative making disciplines or other relevant field to the Humanities and Arts.
      • Familiarity with extant and emerging instructional needs, designs, and methodologies in the Humanities and Arts
      • Professional Experience in instructional technology and/or user support in a managed computing environment, or a combination of relevant skills and experience.
      • A proven ability to translate challenges into opportunities and work comfortably in a changing, multi-tasked, and sometimes ambiguous environment.
      • Ability to manage projects and project portfolios.
      • Attention to detail and accuracy.
      • Analytical and creative approaches to problem solving. 

 

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