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Director of Assessment and Instructional Support

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks a creative individual to serve in the position of Director of Assessment and Instructional Support (AIS) in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education. The Leonhard Center has been a critical source of educational innovation, assessment, and education-related faculty development in the College of Engineering at Penn State for more than 30 years. The Leonhard Center is comprised of a small team of dynamic individuals who offer a wide range of expertise from engineering writing to psychometrics. This team facilitates the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational innovations, teaching and learning workshops, and courses for graduate teaching assistants.

The Director of Assessment and Instructional Support will provide leadership across the College of Engineering for initiatives relating to teaching and learning by working with faculty members and departments. In addition, the individual will provide leadership for both funded and unfunded educational-related projects. Specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • Lead the design and delivery of professional development activities on teaching and learning for faculty in in the College of Engineering;
  • Contribute to the coordination and implementation of holistic faculty development offerings in the College;
  • Coordinate, develop, and implement assessment plans for Leonhard Center-funded, externally-funded, as well as other educational innovation projects;
  • Work with faculty and College leadership to design, develop, and assess courses and curriculum enhancements;
  • Analyze institutional-level data to assess effectiveness of existing programs and data coming from College-level research projects;
  • Develop materials and resources relating to teaching and learning;
  • Author or co-author papers within appropriate journals or conference proceedings;
  • Contribute to and lead the writing of proposals to external funding agencies;
  • Provide leadership in the engineering education discipline through service.

The ideal applicant will possess a PhD in engineering education, educational psychology, higher education, or a related field. In addition, the ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience with teaching faculty development, preferably in STEM fields. Additional qualifications include strong knowledge of the disciplinary trends in engineering education, knowledge of faculty development including holistic faculty development, and strong research and assessment skills. Knowledge of research and topics relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion as they apply to faculty development are highly desirable.

The Leonhard Center provides a highly creative and exciting environment. The work environment of the Center is very positive and encourages a healthy work-life balance. Individuals in the Center have the opportunity to explore research or project areas that are of specific interest to them, provided they fit within the mission of the Center to improve engineering education at Penn State.


This position is a limited term, 10-month non-tenure track faculty position with excellent possibility of funding for additional years. Applications should include a curriculum vita, the names of three professional references, and a cover letter highlighting the candidate's strengths and interest in the position. Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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