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Professional Practice Faculty Position K-12 Digital Learning Focus

Company name
National-Louis University

Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Nov 19, 2020

Valid Through
Mar 04, 2021

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The National College of Education at


is currently seeking a highly qualified faculty member with substantial PreK-12 teaching and leadership experience in leading Digital Learning and Instructional Technology initiatives in K-12 schools. The position will be a part of the Curriculum and Instructional program faculty within


and will also dedicate time to the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (


). The focus of the faculty role is to apply expertise in PK-12 Digital Learning to


programming in both teaching project-based graduate-level courses with a focus on digital learning and developing digital content and program development across


including initial teacher preparation, educational leadership and advanced specialization courses in


. In the


, the person will lead research and innovation efforts related to digital learning in higher education, including creating and delivering programming to advance the University’s culture of teaching and learning excellence.




• NLU’s National College of Education understands that being a teacher is a calling, a commitment, and a career. Our unique style of partnership with students at all levels—from new teacher preparation to advanced professional programs to doctoral degrees—guides all we do as we create today’s teachers and tomorrow’s leaders.

• Our programs are designed with the needs of our students in mind. Graduates frequently cite the National College of Education’s top-quality professors, convenient locations, flexible course offerings and affordability. Most of all, the commitment to “real world” progressive education is unparalleled.


graduates make a difference. Our educators are found in 40% of Illinois public schools and 75% of Chicago Public Schools, collectively impacting the lives of more than 60,000 students each year.

• At


, our commitment to learning includes ourselves. We have recently created new programs to respond to the needs of educators and the K-12 learning environment that focus on e-learning and the needs of students in remote learning environments and have evolved an additional program to more appropriately address the needs of today’s educators.




• You are an accomplished PreK-12 educator who has a passion for creating engaging learning environments in digital and traditional classroom settings, integrating instructional technology and digital learning formats.

• You are an experienced leader in both implementing and supporting instructional technology, curriculum design and digital learning who other educators approach for coaching, mentoring, problem-solving, and innovation.

• You are a constructive partner to school administrators who seek buy-in for learning innovations, with a focus on instructional technology and digital learning spaces.

• You hold an earned doctorate in a related field and have postsecondary teaching and curriculum development experience in higher education or PK-12 settings.

• You have a record of research and scholarship in digital learning and/or instructional technology. The University is particularly interested in someone with experience in learning analytics.

• You are deeply motivated by a desire to work in a learning community that is preparing the next generation of life-changing teachers.






• Each term, you will teach online and blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction.

• You will work with faculty across


in integrating digital learning and instructional technology skills, content and methodology approaches to address the immediate and growing needs for e-learning and remote teaching in K-12 schools.

• You will work with a dedicated team of faculty and staff on how to personalize the learning experience for your graduate students who are working teachers. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence.

• You will work with the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (


) to research and experiment with innovative instructional technology and digital teaching practices that improve


student outcomes. Additionally, you will create and deliver professional development programming to disseminate best practices and innovative advancements in digital learning.





• Teach and facilitate student learning in assigned graduate courses

• Contribute to curriculum development and program improvement by collaborating with faculty in program and unit level evaluation, to develop program reports, assessment protocols, and cross disciplinary curriculum work

• Ensure response to student inquiries, issues, and needs in an appropriate and timely manner

• Apply learning technologies such as Desire2Learn and other appropriate tools and techniques to optimize student learning

• Engage in an active program of scholarship related to specific areas of expertise

• Research and seek grant funding to advance the use of instructional technology and digital learning practices to improve student outcomes

• Collaborate with members of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (


) on the creation and delivery of professional development programming for


faculty across the University

• Engage in the learning-community life of National Louis University through engagement in meetings, committees, professional development, and collaborative projects with faculty and staff

• Fulfill other faculty duties in research & scholarship, service, professional development and engagement domains.

The successful candidate will model excellence in teaching with a strong foundation in teacher preparation and development. Successful candidates will demonstrate experience and skill in both face-to-face and online teaching with adult learners. Classes have weekly online work, through the university’s learning management system, D2L, and will also have scheduled face-to-face or synchronous video sessions.



National Louis University (


) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation and Equity. The university is focused on inspiring and empowering all learners to be leaders ready to address tomorrow’s challenges in the context of increasing global urbanization.


is dedicated to providing a career-building, life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The University offers 80 programs within its five colleges: National College of Education, Kendall College of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Undergraduate College, College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Business and Information Technology. The University serves over 9,700 students per year and has experienced unprecedented growth in its undergraduate programming. Most students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus based, blended and online programming.

Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral level.


is also classified as an Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world “a better place.” The University has had more Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any institution across the state. The University has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). Graduates from


enter the workforce earning an estimated $43,000 per year after graduation, ranking


among the top five of all Illinois post-secondary schools. The University has received more than $80 million in funding for applied research projects in urban development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher preparation.


recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.


is located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. In addition, the University has several suburban locations and a Florida regional campus.


Confidential review of candidates will begin immediately. National Louis is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. The ideal qualifications are described below:

• An earned doctorate in a related Education discipline

• Postsecondary teaching experience related to the preparation of early career and advanced educators

• Proven experience in Pk-12 educational settings through teaching and/or leadership roles

• Demonstrated experience in applying digital learning tools, techniques and theory to the creation and implementation of successful teaching and learning

• A record of research and scholarship, including securing grant funding to support one’s research agenda

• IL professional educator’s license and specialized endorsements (preferred)

• Demonstrated experience and fluency teaching in online and blended settings using a learning management system

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