Director of Advancing Quality Teaching
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Stanford, CA

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an operating foundation located in Stanford, California. Chartered in 1906, the Foundation has carried out a wide range of activities and research to support and advance the work of educators at all levels. The Foundation is currently undergoing a significant transition in its program of work. The new focus seeks to pioneer a radically different model of educational research and development capable of advancing improvements in student learning at scale.

Currently, the Carnegie Foundation is involved in a major effort to dramatically increase the number of developmental math students who complete a college level math course within an academic year. This work is being done through the Statistics (Statway™) and Quantitative Literacy (Quantway™) Pathways Instructional Systems, which are part of Carnegie’s Community College programs.

Advancing Quality Teaching, a critical component of the Carnegie Pathways Instructional Systems, provides instructors with the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and habits necessary to realize efficacy in initial use of Statway or Quantway, and to increase their instructional and related expertise over time. This component utilizes rapid informational analytics to inform continuous improvements by students, faculty, colleges and the larger network, and also aims to tap technology as a powerful tool to advance efficacy, efficiency and personalization in the work of students and faculty alike. We are looking for someone to lead this work of developing a robust and efficient program for advancing quality teaching in the Community College programs at the Carnegie Foundation. The initial work in this area involves the development of a rubric (and related protocols for use) to guide instructional professionals’ examination and enhancement of their practice.

DESIRED START DATE: Fall 2013, but preferably sooner

The Director of Advancing Quality Teaching reports directly to the Senior Managing Partner for the Community College Program. This position works in coordination with the Directors of Statway™, Quantway™, and Productive Persistence, as well as the Director of Analytics and the Director of Program Technology, in the development of an Advancing Quality Teaching program that prepares faculty members and their institutions in the effective implementation of either or both of the Pathways. Particular attention will be given to preparing faculty members in the core competencies for effective Pathways teaching. The institutions, as well, will be prepared to support the unique demands that the Pathways make on students, the faculty and the institutions themselves.


Improving student learning in developmental mathematics will require the development of faculty expertise. This position will be responsible for the creation and implementation of a robust system of faculty development that will advance measurable improvements in student learning. To do so, the program will build on the existing structures and resources of the existing Statway and Quantway™ Networked Improvement Communities, to further develop and implement a common core of lesson study experiences, a rich array of faculty support resources (including face to face, online, and hybrid forms), methods for engaging faculty in knowledge exchange for teaching, a leadership coaching institute, and a Pathways Certification program.

A major audience for this program will be adjunct faculty. Thus, the programs must be easily accessible by large numbers of participants. In this regard, how best to exploit online technologies and other tools is a key challenge.

The Director of Advancing Quality Teaching, working in collaboration with Carnegie researchers, is also responsible for developing a practical measurement system for informing the Foundation’s efforts to continuously improve these programs in order to enhance instructors’ performance and advance student outcomes.

Education & Experience:
• Proven successful experience in faculty leadership.
• Experience in teaching mathematics, statistics, or quantitative reasoning, with a curriculum aimed at ambitious conceptual learning goals for students.
• Experience in promoting adult growth and development in professional educational settings.
• Prior experience in research on professional development is highly desirable.
• Must be able to work collaboratively and harmoniously as a member of close knit program and administrative teams, creating effective collaboration while being sensitive to diverse opinions and personal styles.
• Must be very flexible and comfortable working in an environment with a high degree of ambiguity and where processes, timelines, and targets are evolving.
• Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task quickly and effectively and meet multiple, frequently shifting deadlines in a calm, courteous, and professional manner.
• Must have strong English verbal and written skills; must be able to communicate effectively, both one-on-one and in larger groups, with a variety of audiences, including internal staff and external partners. Effective communication skills are necessary as this individual should be able to represent the Senior Managing Partner in her absence. Strong presentation and public speaking skills are a must.
• A minimum of a master’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience. Background in statistics, mathematics, and/or quantitative reasoning is required. A combination of education and experience equivalent to this requirement may be considered.
• Must be able to facilitate professional development activities for teachers at times that are feasible for their participation, notably including late afternoons, evenings, or Saturdays and/or Sundays.
• Experience as a participant/collaborator on complex initiatives is highly desirable
• Able to travel 5-10% of the time.
The Carnegie Foundation offers a competitive salary and generous benefits in a pleasant and friendly work environment. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is as early as possible, but no later than Fall 2013. To apply, please refer to Job Code IHEAQTD-0413 in the subject line and send, email, or fax a detailed cover letter, salary expectations, and resume to:
Ms. Charlene Moran
Director of Human Resources
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
51 Vista Lane
Stanford, CA 94305
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