Summary: Louisiana College seeks a qualified and experienced professional to serve as Director of Online Education. The primary function of this position is to provide leadership and administrative oversight for all aspects of online education. Collaborating with academic leaders and faculty, the Director leads initiatives to position Louisiana College as a distance education leader by designing, developing, implementing, and managing innovative high quality online courses and programs, primarily for professional and adult education. The Director is responsible for the implementation of current and new educational technologies as well as training and support of faculty as it relates to educational technologies and online course delivery. The Director works with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness to plan, develop, maintain, and evaluate the effectiveness of all distance education courses and programs. The Director collaborates with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to create marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies for online programs and students. The Director is responsible for building and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders across campus including, but not limited to, schools deans, division chairs, and program directors, Enrollment Management, and Information Technology. The Director recommends procedures to ensure state, federal, and accreditation policies related to instruction, curriculum, and course design. The Director reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This is a full-time, 12-month position. The appointment begins August 1, 2018.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Director of Online Education is responsible for the following areas:
Administrative and Distance Education Strategy:
In association with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, develop an overarching vision and strategy for growing LC’s professional and adult distance education through increased online course offerings and programs.
Develop a strategic plan for quality assurance standards, such as Quality Matters, for all online courses and programs.
Develop and conduct a process by which curriculum and programs are approved, renewed, deleted, evaluated, offered, and adjusted each year.
Teach a minimum of one online course per semester in order to sharpen personal skills and engage with student experiences and outcomes as appropriate.
Assist with developing a plan for recruiting, selecting, recommending, and evaluating current and future online instructors.
With the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Registrar, authorize final approval for the development of the semester schedule of all online classes, including specific courses, parts of the term, and catalog curricula.
Work closely with the Offices of Academic Affairs, Student Development, Business, and Information Technology to ensure quality online education.
Oversee LC’s membership in Louisiana’s SARA
Provide guidance in the institution’s distance education policies and procedures that endures quality online education and accreditation standards
Design and determine methods to ensure program effectiveness and compliance with accreditation standards in online education
Plan and manage online course and program development and related design projects.
Develop, recommend, and implement instructional guidelines, procedures, and practices that foster LC’s online mission and promote student learning and academic success.
Meet regularly with deans, chairs, and program directors to receive input on planning for online curriculum, instruction, and course design.
Plan and manage faculty development and training in the use of instructional technology in course development, the assessment of student outcomes, and the best-practice teaching and learning methodologies for online education.
Ensure appropriate college standards for quality online education are met or exceeded.
Analyze student learning outcomes and devise modes of assessment to measure the effectiveness of the outcomes for each course.
Ensure that course work follows best-practices design and accreditation standards.
Ensure faith and learning experiencing are part of the curriculum design.
Stay current with trends in online technology and best practices of teaching and learning; make recommendations about potential technological and pedagogical adjustments.
Demonstrate skills in learning theories to support effective pedagogical and andragogical principles to support the effective teaching and learning of online students (traditional and non-traditional).
Successful candidates will demonstrate a professional and personal commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Louisiana College. That commitment includes general support for Christian liberal arts education and a specific calling to help online faculty integrate faith and learning into their teaching disciplines in a compelling, thoughtful manner. A willingness to serve the broader college community through service and committee work is also expected.
Master’s degree in instructional design, distance education administration, education technology, or a closely related field required.
Substantial experience in online higher education, including teaching online and administrative/supervisory responsibilities.
Proven work experience in instructional design and with instructional technology in higher education.
Strong writing, verbal, listening, organizational, and leadership skills required.
High attention to detail.
High level of energy, enthusiasm, and motivation.
Demonstrated training in a course quality initiative, preferably Quality Matters.
Excellent knowledge of lesson planning, curriculum design, and adult learning theories, instructional design models, strategies, and best practices.
Ability to plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously and within designated deadlines.
Knowledge of accreditation standards and SARA agreements.
Knowledge of streaming audio and video, file types and formats, and experience with learning management software.
Basic HTML and Flash programming knowledge.
Solid knowledge of course development and online learning tools and at least one Learning Management System. (SnagIt, ilos, Turnitin, VoiceThread, Moodle, Jenzabar, Blackboard)
Visual design skills (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator) and ability to storyboard
Willingness to work evenings and weekends in order to support student success and instructional quality.
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Candidates are requested to send all of the following materials:
Completed LC Faculty Application and Christian Worldview (https://www.lacollege.edu/about/lc-careers/)
Application letter detailing experience related to the position
Transcripts of Undergraduate and Graduate Work (unofficial documents are acceptable in the application phase)
List of Three References with Contact Information (phone number and email address)
Only completed applications will be reviewed
Dr. Cheryl D. Clark
Vice President for Academic Affairs
About Louisiana College
Founded in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, Baptist, coeducation college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs, located in Pineville, LA. Louisiana College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, governed by a Board of Trustees, affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of background screening checks.