The Curriculum Development Academic Specialist will serve the Department of Forestry in the role of Online Education Facilitator and Program Assistant to develop online and remote learning opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students, including professional and adult education. The Specialist will have a blended role to both develop learning design, content development, and assessment activities of the Forest Carbon and Climate Program, as well as provide organizational, technical, and implementation expertise to additional online educational offerings within the Forestry Department.
Working with the Forest Carbon and Climate Program group, the Specialist will participate in the planning and development of curricula; develop instructional materials; create, maintain, and distribute outreach and communication materials (e.g., brochures, web presence, social media, news releases); collaborate with faculty in grant-writing and funding research; coordinate event and travel logistics; and contribute to content and learning activity development efforts.
Regarding Department online learning development efforts, the Specialist will design, implement, and report on assessment procedures; design, implement, and track program learning objectives; track academic progress of participants in online programs; remain up-to-date on MSU best practices in online learning and online content delivery and evaluate research relating to the impact of various curricula and instructional techniques on learning; provide leadership on use and implementation of online learning technology equipment (i.e. Adobe Captivate license, audio/visual equipment, related learning tools); provide academic and administrative guidance to enrolled students; coordinate the release of financial assistance (i.e. Department-funded scholarships, Fellowship programs); recruit potential students; coordinate the application process; guide alumni engagement efforts through feedback collection and implementation, job placement support, and regular outreach; and serve as liaison between online students and faculty.
Bachelors -Natural sciences, economics, education o
Masters -Natural sciences, economics, education o
A successful candidate will have proven program coordination and educational technology design and implementation experience. Required education and skills include 2-5 years of entry- to mid-level experience in academic programming coordination, technical writing, graphic design, webpage development, and a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, economics, education or related field.
The preferred candidate will hold a master's degree in natural sciences, economics, education or related field and be proficient in the MSU Desire2Learn system, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, and various video editing programs including Adobe Premiere and Kaltura MediaSpace.
Required Application Materials
Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) summary of your experience supporting diversity in the classroom and/or in your research endeavors, experience mentoring students, especially from underrepresented groups, and a description of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence; and d) contact information for three professional references.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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Formally established in 1902, Michigan State’s Department of Forestry was among the first undergraduate forestry programs in the U.S. The Department is a vibrant, growing, internationally-recognized unit firmly committed to interdisciplinary education, research, and extension to understand and resolve environmental and natural resource issues.
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