Director, Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Suffolk University seeks a Director for the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence. Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps away from dozens of historic sites and industry partners, which provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We offer a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees and certificates, taught by a diverse faculty of devoted teacher-scholars, to more than 6500 students enrolled in our Law School (Law), College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), and Sawyer Business School (SBS).

The Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) provides leadership for the professional development of members of the Suffolk community as teacher-scholars, administrators, mentors, and leaders. Reporting to the Associate Provost, Academic Planning and Accreditation, the Director will provide vision and guidance to advance an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all. The University is committed to the central role of the CTSE in the institution.

The CTSE Director has a leadership role within the University and acts as a positive presence in the community of teaching and learning professionals and scholars. Within the University, the Director will work with and lead the CTSE Team of educational developers and academic technologists to support faculty in all phases of their roles as teacher-scholars and collaborate with a range of university partners such as deans, department chairs, student support units, and others to foster a culture that embraces and rewards effective teaching, research, and scholarship throughout the Suffolk Community.  In addition to supporting academic and scholarly development, the CTSE is home to the instructional technology team, responsible for the training and use of the instructional software systems.

Externally, the Director engages with the broader learning community and fosters relationships beyond Suffolk University to ensure the Institution’s continued place in local, regional, and national discussions regarding the advancement of learning and effective teaching in the changing higher educational landscape.

The successful candidate will have experience sustaining a vibrant teaching and learning center that responds to faculty needs while supporting the institutional mission to provide experiential and transformational learning opportunities. They should have a rich understanding of the current challenges facing higher education generally and the area of teaching and learning specifically, including those related to culturally relevant/responsive pedagogy and assessment of first-generation college students.


  • A terminal degree and five years of experience in supporting scholarship, teaching, and learning in higher education
  • A history and understanding of sponsored research and grant writing 
  • A record of publication and evidence of active scholarship
  • Demonstrated management and administrative skills

Preferred Characteristics:

  • A passion to help others achieve scholarly and teaching goals
  • Proven ability to effectively lead a diverse team of both educational developers and academic technologists
  • Demonstrated instructional development ability
  • Skilled at understanding faculty needs and proactively engaging with faculty
  • Proven communication skills with multiple constituencies including faculty members administrators, student support professionals, and external partners


Equivalent combinations of experience and education will be considered for this role.  All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.