Academic Associate

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for a non-tenure track appointment (with the possibility of renewal) as an Academic Associate in the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) unit at McGill University. TLS is dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching and learning at McGill. Its Director, who reports to the Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Programs), leads a team that includes academic and non-academic professionals, support staff, and student interns. Over the past years, the attention to and support of teaching and learning has grown dramatically, making this an exciting time to join TLS as an Academic Associate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will typically work 80% with the Desautels Faculty of Management, and 20% with TLS to support the University more generally. The successful candidate will collaborate with academic and non-academic staff, teaching assistants, and undergraduate and graduate students by:

  • Working with the leadership of Management to advance teaching and learning projects that promote dialogue within and across areas in the Faculty to develop learning outcomes and assessment strategies;
  • Assisting instructors transition to remote delivery by offering trainings, helping instructors access available resources, and working individually with instructors and program directors to modify courses for the remote delivery;
  • Assisting instructors to develop appropriate student assessment methods in the remote delivery context and developing guidelines for following best practices and Faculty or University-wide policies;
  • Initiating projects with instructors to (re)design specific courses and clusters of courses, develop course-specific strategies for instruction and assessment, and collaborate on research teams;
  • Collaborating with different program offices and University-level working groups on policies and procedures related to teaching and learning for their respective programs;
  • Developing opportunities, such as learning communities, brown bag series, and peer observation, for colleagues within Management to share ideas about teaching and learning;
  • Leading working groups to explore policy issues touching on topics such as teaching award adjudication, assessment, academic integrity, and community-engaged learning;
  • Supporting research within Management on teaching and learning;
  • Creating opportunities for students to contribute to enhancing the teaching and learning experiences within Management; and
  • Working with the Faculty Administration and University Advancement to identify opportunities for philanthropic support.

Education and Experience:

Preference will be given to applicants with completed, earned PhDs in a relevant discipline; a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is the minimum requirement.

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

The search committee is seeking a service-oriented individual who is able to conceptualize, design, implement and evaluate initiatives that aim to transform and improve teaching and learning at McGill. Demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities, as well as collaboration and team building skills are essential. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required; knowledge of French is an asset.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have demonstrated abilities in the following areas:

  • course design and development
  • instructional and assessment strategies
  • program and curriculum development strategies
  • implementation of educational development projects with a variety of stakeholders
  • application of technology to teaching and learning
  • design of physical and virtual learning environments
  • workshop facilitation
  • individual consultations
  • collaborative projects as both team leader and team member
  • teaching at the post-secondary level
  • documenting change processes and the impact of new practices on instructors and students
  • application of research and theory of teaching and learning in higher education to educational development projects
  • relevant professional activities (e.g., peer review of articles, conference submissions, association officer, conference organizer)
  • contributions to the peer academic community (e.g., collaboration with other universities, journal review)
  • contributions to University activities (e.g., governance committee work; adjudication committees)

How To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Teaching and Learning Services at hr.tls [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is June 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Teaching and Learning Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [at] or 514-398-3711.

Teaching and Learning Services
Salary Range: 
Competitive and commensurate with academic background and experience.
July 20, 2020 and going to July 31, 2021
Reporting to: 
Director, Teaching and Learning Services
Reference no.: 
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