Program Director - English and Literature - American Public University System in Virtual Online

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American Public University System

Virtual, Online

United States


Detailed Job Description

Synopsis of Role:

The Program Director ofis a key leadership position within the university. The Program Director provides the resources for a quality learning experience for students by ensuring coherence in the discipline and relevance to the practice. This management position contributes to a range of activities that support student learning outcomes, program quality, and discipline integrity, all of which focus on student learning and retention. The Program Director facilitates the work with other departments including faculty hiring, institutional research and assessment, instructional design, Library and course materials, and marketing. The Program Directorcollaborates with the Faculty Director to provide the total learning experience for students and a cohesive work environment for faculty.

Essential Functions:

Responsible for program curriculum quality and management of discipline leaders to include:

·Program and discipline quality

oDefine program and course objectives, review regularly, and revise as needed.

oUpdate program content and materials and/or delivery methods, based on information such as emerging practice changes in the discipline, instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.

oResearch, evaluate and prepare recommendations on current and future curricula.

oWork with discipline course leads to ensure discipline and program continuity, currency, and relevance.

§Convene regular meetings with course leads so they are aware of how their course(s) fit within the overall program progression, and other APUS requirements.

oInterview and utilize subject matter experts as well as conduct other research to develop relevant and current instructional content and methods of instruction.

oConfer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas, and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, occupational areas, and discipline knowledge.

oAnalyze various program areas and prepare program and course analysis for program and course reviews, and course and homework contact hours.

oWork with Institutional Research Department to develop course and program assessments thatevaluate student learning and effectiveness of instructional strategies and methods to achieve learning outcomes.

oRegularly analyze and report on data to assess student learning and retention.

·Program delivery

oEnsure APUS instructional standards and policies are reflected in course design.

oResearch and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methodsand develop instructional materials (e.g., lessons, audio-visual materials, etc.) accordingly.

oProvide analytical support for the design and development of curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.

oEnsures model courses are developed and maintained according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.

·External review and validation

oEngage with external expert reviewers to review program content; execute reviewer recommendations as applicable.

oConvene and Chair Industry Advisory Council meetings.

·Discipline communities

oCoach/mentor discipline leaders (e.g., course leads and full-time faculty) in curriculum development, as needed, to ensure standards are maintained.

oSupport/promote ongoing professional development and scholarship for course leads and full-time faculty.

oEnsure course leads and full-time faculty are aware of new classroom procedures and instructional materials.

oRecognize course leads and full-time faculty for outstanding performance or accomplishments.

oProvide input for annual performance reviews.

oRegularly advise instructors in curriculum development and use of materials.

oChair meetings with instructors teaching courses in the discipline (monthly or quarterly) on curriculum/content/development of discipline and practice with those who teach in the program, and to promote community among all in the discipline.

·Maintain discipline knowledge and establish and advance discipline as leader per APUS Strategic Plan and priorities.

oConduct research and publish, and if applicable, contribute to the practice and in industry.

·Participate in the discipline-related professional communities.

·Teach courses within program (i.e., 150 registrations per year).

·Support APUS initiatives and departments; specifically marketing.


Critical Skills and Job Complexity:

·Coaching and Developing Others— Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

·Communications— Knowledge of communication and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media.

·Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

·Deep Knowledge – Knowledge of one’s discipline and practice and the ability to translate theory and practice into learning opportunities that advance the discipline.

·Education and Training— Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and measurement.

·Learning Strategies— Selecting and using instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

·Monitoring— Monitoring/assessing curriculum to make improvements or take corrective action.

·Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge— Keeping up-to-date in the discipline and applying new knowledge to your job.

Competencies Critical to this Position:

·Adaptability/Flexibility — Open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

·Attention to Detail — Careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

·Cooperation – Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

·Discipline Expertise – Willing and able to remain current on discipline development.

·Initiative – Willing and able to take on responsibilities and challenges.

·Innovation — Creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

·Leadership – Willing and able to lead; take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

·Self-Control – Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

·Stress Tolerance —Ability to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Required Education and Exp erience:

·Terminal degree in English, literature, or rhetoric/composition from a regionally accredited institution is required.

·Five or more years of college level teaching experience is required.

·One or more years of online teaching experience is required.

·Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required.

·Leadership experience in academia is required.

·Record of excellence in teaching as demonstrated through: End of Course Surveys; Classroom Observations; and in compliance with APUS policies and procedures relative to class instruction and delivery.

Preferred Areas of Expertise and Experience:

·Academic Leadership

·Faculty Development

·Higher Education

·Curriculum Development

Work Environment and Physical Demands:


·Sitting, extensive use of keyboard

·Required attendance at meetings in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or D.C.

*Please note: Full-time faculty members and directors are to consider APUS their primary employer. Full-time salaried faculty and directors may not be full-time employees of any university, school, college, or institution of higher education outside of APUS; this includes administrative, staff, and teaching positions.

*Please note: Applicants selected to proceed in the hiring process with conferred degrees from foreign institution(s) will require a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agency. All charges associated with official transcripts and foreign transcript evaluations are the responsibility of the applicant and are not reimbursed by APUS.

Keyword Phrases

  • Academics
  • English and Literature
  • Program Director - English and Literature
  • Embracing and creating diverse learning environs
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  • Online education supports a community of learners
  • Academic Administration
  • Faculty Development/Affairs
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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