Lecturer (Learning Designer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute


Penn State’s John A. Dutton e-Education Institute seeks a Learning Designer to support the development of effective online instructional materials for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The Dutton Institute is the learning design unit for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. We work in close partnership with the College`s five academic departments to design, develop, and manage the College`s online certificate and degree programs, as well as to support EMS faculty in the delivery of resident instruction offerings. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff members, the learning designer will develop online and blended courses for Penn State’s diverse student population, as well as serve as a Writer in Residence to support both course materials development and the writing support needs of the College’s online students. As a member of the Dutton Institute learning design team, the successful candidate must be able to work with faculty experts and/or staff to create course experiences that can be taught by different faculty or instructors, and that result in successful student outcomes. He or she will be knowledgeable in instructional design and adult learning theories, have an in-depth understanding of instructional design issues related to online teaching and learning, be aware of and able to implement best practices in online education, and clearly articulate to faculty the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical and/or technological approaches in an online learning environment. This candidate will also have experience developing project plans, managing multiple projects, and meeting project deadlines. Familiarity with course management systems and Drupal is desirable. As a Writer in Residence, the Learning Designer will respond to the needs of students in a variety of online programs and at all stages of the writing process to provide individual assistance and offer strategies, suggestions, and resources for improving student work. Further Writer in Residence duties will include acting as editor for a variety of Dutton Institute projects, coordinating and revising material for publication. Editing, tutoring, and proofreading experience is crucial. A Master’s degree in instructional design, adult education, curriculum and instruction, or a related field is required by the date of hire. We are looking for someone who can work independently as well as in a collaborative team-based environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills, are essential. This position is a fixed-term 1 faculty position funded for 1 year from the date of hire, with excellent possibility for refunding. This position will hold the academic rank of Lecturer. This position is located at the University Park campus and will be appointed to the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. Application review will begin on June 14, 2019. Questions regarding this employment opportunity can be directed to Stevie Rocco, Director of Learning Design and search committee chair, at sxr133@psu.edu. The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088