Teaching and Learning Specialist

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


The Teaching and Learning Specialist will be a key member of the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) team. Reporting to the Associate Director for Educational Development, the Teaching and Learning Specialist will promote evidence-based, equity-minded course design and teaching practices by developing resources, designing and facilitating workshops and other programming, and engaging in consultations that speak to the interests and concerns of Suffolk’s teaching community.   

Areas of Responsibility 

  • Resource development-Research, develop, and maintain resources that support Suffolk’s teaching community to explore and adopt inclusive and innovative course design and teaching practices. Examples include creating or revising content for the CTSE website, contributing items to the CTSE newsletter, and developing step-by-step guides. 
  • Workshop design and facilitation- Design and facilitate workshops and other programming, such as learning circles or reading groups. Collect feedback about programming, document attendance, and follow up with participants as appropriate.     
  • Consultations- Provide confidential consultations to support instructors’ teaching interests and concerns. Examples include offering feedback about syllabi or other course materials, discussing strategies for engaging students in different learning environments, and supporting instructors to collect and interpret feedback from their students. Conduct research relevant to consultation topics, document consultation participation, and follow up with participants as appropriate.
  • Ongoing learning and professional development- Stay abreast of new research and trends related to teaching and learning. Engage with professional organizations to deepen expertise. 
  • Support of CTSE projects- Support major CTSE events, such as New Faculty Orientation and the Symposium on Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Contribute to CTSE projects, such as the annual report. 

Required Qualifications

  • PhD, EdD, or equivalent, either in-hand or expected by start date.
  • 2+ years of educational development experience. 
  • 2+ years of college-level teaching experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong knowledge base in the science of learning, as well as inclusive course design and teaching practices. Demonstrated success in practical application of this knowledge.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to establish rapport and build relationships with faculty and other colleagues with diverse social identities, teaching philosophies, disciplinary contexts, and institutional roles. 
  • Exceptional communication skills, with especially strong skills in active listening, as well as writing and speaking with different audiences in mind.  
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Demonstrated success working in highly collaborative environments. 
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. Ability to plan projects, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines, while also triaging interruptions.
  • Ability to adapt in response to new initiatives and emerging needs.
  • Desire to engage in ongoing professional growth and reflective practice.      

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. Suffolk University is 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.