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Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education opening – Apply by Nov 1, 2019

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 16 October 2019 | 2:06 pm — 

Academic Affairs welcomes applications for the Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education.

As many of you are aware, Douglas Ferguson of the Department of Communication was appointed the College’s first Faculty Coordinator for eLearning and Distance Education on January 1, 2014, and since that time he has helped facilitate the notable expansion of both DE certified faculty and online curricular offerings, among other related achievements. Because Doug will complete his second and final term as Coordinator on June 30, 2020, the College needs to prepare for a successor who would begin transitioning into this role in January 2020 with Doug’s able mentorship.  Our sincere thanks to Doug for his extensive work in this inaugural position as we prepare for the next phases in distance learning at the College of Charleston.

Below is the position description and application details for the renamed “Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education.”  A selection committee will review the applications, interview the top candidates, then submit a recommendation for hire to Interim Provost Fran Welch by early December.  Confirmation of appointment is planned before the conclusion of 2019.  Applications that include a CV and letter of interest, as specified in the attached description, must be submitted by COB November 1, 2019 to


Position Announcement: Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education

The position of Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education is responsible for coordinating academic activities related to the Distance Education (DE) program at the College in collaboration with Academic Affairs, IT, and academic schools and departments. This position provides leadership for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, and criteria which support the effective delivery of online instruction and student services. The position is responsible for ensuring that the College of Charleston’s Distance Education activities are in compliance with local, state, and federal standards, and supporting the objectives of the Distance Education Strategic Plan that was approved in November 2018.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities
● Acts as a liaison with academic and administrative units at the College (i.e. Academic Affairs, administrative/departmental units, and appropriate faculty committees) to define and develop policies, procedures and adequate support for efficient operation of DE efforts at the College of Charleston;
● Advises faculty and staff on and ensures compliance with applicable institutional guidelines, policies, and local, state, and federal requirements (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), Commission of Higher Education (CHE) and Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)) related to Distance Education (i.e. intellectual property, copyright laws, training requirements, etc.);
● Acts as point of contact for all DE-related questions, and proactively communicates related information and announcements to the campus;
● Coordinates with the Director of the Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) to schedule regular faculty development opportunities in support of Distance Education;
● Collaborates with IT to identify, integrate, and assess technical requirements for effective DE delivery;
● Develops and manages the annual DE budget in collaboration with the Provost’s office;
● Ensures robust student support services are coordinated and available for online students;
● Works with the campus community to develop new DE courses, and where faculty and institutional support exists, to develop online programs.
● Chairs and defines membership of the DE Steering Committee;
● Assesses and evaluates the progress, improvement, and value of the DE program and related services.

Tenured full-time faculty member or Senior Instructor with a minimum of two years of experience in an academic administrative role or significant campus leadership experience; online teaching or experience working in a distance learning program required; knowledge of curriculum development and assessment preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines; familiarity with best practices in distance education; ability to communicate effectively and establish working relationships with various campus constituencies; understanding of technology as well as the pedagogies associated with effective use of online technologies; and the ability to be creative in solving problems.

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