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Instructor, Educational Technology & Instructional Design | Full-time Faculty/Salaried (See CL Instructions) - Teacher Preparatory

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

IT, Design
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

The pay rate will likely start at $66,000 annually plus benefits.

***Attach a cover letter to outline how you meet the following four bulleted position qualifications listed below. ***

Position Qualifications:

1) Doctorate degree (no ABD) from an accredited institution in related area

2) Master's or above degree in instructional design or educational technology

2) Experience designing educational courses that others have taught

3) Passion for learning analytics and the research aspect of instructional design

Job Overview:

Student learning is the primary responsibility of Western Governors University (WGU) faculty. Instructors are subject matter experts who teach and mentor students when students engage in their assigned courses. Instructors vary the type, length, and intensity of instructional method based upon student needs. Instructors work on a team to support an assigned group of students and offer specialized instruction on challenging topics. Using applicable technology, Instructors interact with students in both group and one-on-one settings. As part of WGU’s disaggregated faculty model, Instructors provide their expertise and collaborate with the faculty who are responsible for developing and evaluating courses and assessments.

Knowledge and Abilities:

· Must be well organized, conscientious and thorough with detail.

· Possess technological competency, as data entry, emails, calendars, word processing, and database programs.

· Maintain extraordinary customer service and communication skills with a friendly and persuasive speaking and writing style.

· Demonstrate strong interpersonal and written communication skills, with an ability to present information clearly, concisely, and accurately.

Other Specifics:

· Separate qualifications and/or licensure/certifications may be required for some degree programs.

· State and/or federal legislative requirements and/or college accreditation requirements may apply to maintain the necessary credentialing for this role.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

· Acts as a steward for carrying out WGU’s mission and strategic vision.

· Demonstrates a high level of commitment effectively and consistently.

· Provides expertise in assigned content area and maintains current knowledge in the field.

· Fosters student learning through innovative teaching practices.

· Offers proactive support and outreach to assigned students.

· Uses technology-based teaching and communication platforms to aid students in the development of competencies.

· Communicates professionally and respectfully with students and all other members of the WGU community.

· Collaborates with other professionals within the university to promote a positive, student-obsessed atmosphere.

· Responds with urgency to students needs and changing requirements, priorities, and short deadlines.

· Participates and or leads training activities.

· Consistently exhibits WGU Leadership Principles.

Working Conditions:

· Maintains the ability to keep a student-friendly assigned schedule in blocks, to include nights (4pm+) and weekends.

· Arranges a set schedule with the supervisor, which is normally not flexible, based on the needs of WGU and its students.

· Works primarily from home in the continental U.S. and is available to travel to meetings on a few possible occasions if/when required.


This Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

The salary range for this position takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their position, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $59,900.00 - $89,900.00WGU will accept applications for this position until 12:00 AM ET, 07/11/2024

How to apply: apply online

Full-time Regular Positions (FT classification, standard working hours = 40)

This is a full-time, regular position that is eligible for bonuses; medical, dental, vision, telehealth and mental healthcare; health savings account and flexible spending account; basic and voluntary life insurance; disability coverage; accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity supplemental coverages; legal and identity theft coverage; retirement savings plan; wellbeing program; discounted WGU tuition; and flexible paid time off for rest and relaxation with no need for accrual, flexible paid sick time with no need for accrual, 11 paid holidays, and other paid leaves, including up to 12 weeks of parental leave.

The University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.