The Teaching & Learning Pathway

Teaching and learning professionals contribute to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology, learning principles and practices, and strategic use of data. Often bridging information technology and academic departments, teaching and learning professionals are guided by a focus on the learning experience and student success, and serve in areas such as instructional design, instructional technology, library, analytics, faculty development, academic technology leadership, and others.

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Timeline graphic previewing the transition from early to institutional executive level throughout the lifespan of your career

Explore The Teaching & Learning Pathway

Explore career pathways through teaching and learning to help you determine your goals—or guide others to define theirs. Deborah Gelch, the chief information officer for Curry College, talks about innovating with the Pareto Principle.

The EDUCAUSE Teaching & Learning Pathway Toolkits provide individuals and mentors an opportunity to identify strengths and gaps, then select activities to leverage those strengths and develop in select areas. The toolkits support the development of an action to improve immediate performance and foster readiness for long-term professional goals. Select the appropriate toolkit for your needs below to get started.

Early Level

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Entry-level positions in cybersecurity include job titles like information security specialist, information security analyst, network technical specialist, and computer forensics analyst. In these roles, your duties and responsibilities may include helping to prevent data breaches, network attacks, and other threats. You work to protect your institution's digital resources and information technology systems and to prevent hackers from disrupting normal business activities. Additionally, you help faculty, staff, and students learn and engage in good information security practices on the job and at home.

Recommended Education

Degree in Computer Science or related area and/or equivalent of education and experiences; select network and security certifications; and experience working with select compliance standards.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Performing operational security duties in support of security rules and procedures based on university policies, state and federal requirements, and contractual obligations.
  • Assisting in the triage of incoming security events.
  • Acting as an escalation point for information technology security incidents.
  • Providing direction and guidance on available security services and tools.
  • Monitoring current trends, making recommendations and evaluating solutions to close gaps in security processes.

Entry-level positions for teaching and learning include job titles like assistant instructional technologist, computer learning lab coordinator, learning management system administrator, instructional technologist, multimedia designer, and faculty development specialist. You may support faculty to apply learning technology to courses, coordinate and maintain digital resources for the institution, or assist in curriculum or instructional design.

Recommended Education

Associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience

Other options From Here

Interested in an innovation-focused work? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway's early level for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Contributing to the effective implementation and function of digital learning tools.
  • Collecting and analyzing relevant learning data to recommend data-informed decisions for the unit.
  • Offering guidance and advice to teaching faculty on learning design with digital platforms.
  • Collecting learning outcome and evaluation data to inform future digital learning decisions and designs.

Entry-level positions in innovation include job titles such as instructional innovation specialist, business transformation project manager, and systems integration and innovation coordinator. These positions work in some capacity helping to support innovation to advance institutional strategies.

Recommended Education

Associates degree, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Consulting and advising an instructional team on appropriate technological tools best suited to meet learning objectives.
  • Providing technical solutions for highly interactive learning environments.
  • Working with faculty on the design, development, and production of learning materials using digital media.
  • Following change management policies and procedures for configuration and application changes, including obtaining approval for release into production.
  • Leading systems, services, and infrastructure projects.
  • Providing administrative and/or project management support for innovation projects or initiatives.

Early level positions in information technology include job titles such as user support specialist, data analyst, desktop support technician, and network operations analyst. These positions work in some capacity helping to support institutional technology or data operations, or to maintain the institution's digital environment.

Recommended Education

Associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.

Other options From Here

Interested in exploring an alternative career? Take a look at the Information Security Pathway's early level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Assisting in the collection and analysis of data to inform decisions for information technology and the institution.
  • Administering technology training and facilitating help for students, faculty, and other institutional stakeholders.
  • Supporting and maintaining institution technology solutions such as labs, mobile technology, classrooms, and more.
  • Supporting and maintaining software applications across campus.
  • Contributing to decisions regarding institution technology adoption and implementation.

Instructional Designer

Salary Range:
$44,000–$90,000

The Instructional Designer (ID) is typically responsible for curriculum design, development, implementation and maintenance of online and hybrid courses. IDs collaborate with faculty and Subject Matter Experts and other key stakeholders (internal and external) to create high quality, academically rigorous, and engaging online courses across multi-discipline. IDs will utilize expertise in Universal Design for Learning, adult learning theory, and online pedagogy to develop curriculum for courses and program level alignment. IDs demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, technologies and standards of practice for designing meaningful learning experiences (i.e. lectures, interactions/activities, assessments, etc). They will tend to utilize an iterative process and work collaboratively with internal teams and cross-functional departments to ensure high-quality student-centered learning.

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Computer Learning Lab Coordinator

Salary Range:
$41,000–$76,000

Computer learning lab coordinators facilitate activities in various computer labs to ensure that students have access to, and assistance in the use of, computer technology. They assume full responsibility for the operation, safety and security of the computer labs during assigned hours. They also hire, train, and supervise student help, work-study team members, and employees who support the computer labs. The coordinator also performs basic troubleshooting and repairs, and maintains an inventory of supplies and equipment.

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Instructional Technologist

Salary Range:
$44,000–$90,000

Instructional Technologists develop and implement strategies to advance academic programming through use of technology. They work collaboratively with faculty to identify technologies that enhance learning in on-campus, online and hybrid courses; provide support for online programs; partner with faculty in the instructional design process; keep current with and recommend technological options to support student learning; and, teach faculty to use new technology through workshops and individual and online tutorials.

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Learning Management System Administrator

Salary Range:
$41,000–$84,000

Learning management system administrators are responsible for the maintenance and execution of the university’s learning management system (LMS), including the maintenance, evaluation, licensing, and training for any external tools or technologies within the online classroom, including testing, evaluation, and support tools. The LMS administrator will also strategically manage, create, and deliver training resources and help guides for students, faculty, and staff as needed, as well as continuously troubleshoot LMS issues and monitor trends.

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Multimedia Designer

Salary Range:
$36,000–$80,000

The multimedia designer is a position that works collaboratively with instructional design and educational technology teams to design and develop successful custom multimedia content. The multimedia designer often designs and develops a variety of graphics, animations, videos, digital content, and presentation materials to enhance academic courses.

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Faculty Development Specialist

Salary Range:
$34,000–$90,000

Faculty development specialists work collaboratively with a team of faculty developers and with faculty members to support teaching excellence in face-to-face, online, videoconference, hybrid, and blended instructional settings. The teaching and learning specialist designs and implements both online and face-to-face faculty development programming focused on pedagogy, curriculum, and teaching with technology for all disciplines, and conducts individual consultations with faculty to support their teaching.

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Looking at cybersecurity as a career path can be intimidating, but many working in this field didn't start out with intentions to work in cybersecurity. In this podcast, we ask several higher education cybersecurity professionals how they would encourage others to consider cybersecurity as a career option.

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Ahmed El-Haggan, Vice President and CIO for Coppin State University, talks about the importance of expanding your definition of diversity.

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In this episode, we ask higher education information technology leaders about their biggest career misstep and how they course corrected.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and skill-building by participating in early-career development and learning opportunities aligned with personal and organizational goals.
Communication
  • Support effective communication practices by learning about stakeholders and their roles across the institution.
  • Communicate clearly with diverse stakeholders.
  • Prepare for and deliver effective presentations.
  • Expand your professional network with intention by communicating with others in the field.
Finance
  • Develop understanding of organizational infrastructure, financial processes, and funding models.
  • Use planning techniques to contribute to project budgets.
Project Management & Strategy
  • Contribute to management strategies and teams that support technology and leadership initiatives.
  • Discover relevant teaching and learning data to inform effective decisions, propose solutions, and benchmark progress toward student success.
  • Develop an understanding of project management principles, including budget management, capacity planning, and risk management.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Articulate the need to consider inclusive principles of teaching and learning.
  • Identify ways to support innovation and digital transformation across the institution.
  • Practice principles of leadership without official organizational authority.
  • Apply change management principles to advance teaching and learning initiatives.
  • Develop and refine professional values and ethical frameworks for decision-making.
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Make Connections

Join the Instructional Design Community Group to identify problems and share strategies about applying student data to inform instructional design decisions.

Make Connections

The Young Professionals Community Group is specifically for those in the early stages of their career.

Make Connections

Become an EDUCAUSE ambassador—help your organization get the most out of its membership by connecting colleagues with beneficial resources.

Engage in Mentoring

Find a mentor who can provide guidance, support, and growth on your career journey. Look for a mentor who has a role that you might eventually want and who can speak about the professional advancement journey. Connecting with a mentor with a teaching and learning expertise can help you understand the latest trends and issues.

Engage in Mentoring

As someone in the earlier stages of their teaching and learning career journey, connect with others in a group mentoring circle around specific topics related to your field, e.g., universal design and accessibility.

Give Back

Support innovation projects in domains such as digital transformation, which help advance your institution’s mission.

Give Back

Support EDUCAUSE conference planning by reading proposals for special topic events or joining or leading a social media team.

Think & Speak

Read the latest research and ideas in the Teaching and Learning channel of EDUCAUSE Review. Have a topic you'd like to see covered or an article to contribute? Become a contributor.

Think & Speak

Consider a proposal for a session or poster at the ELI Annual Meeting or the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference by leveraging our facilitation and design resources to polish your approach—or leverage our Presenter Concierge services.

Show Up

Take part in our teaching and learning webinars featuring lively panel debates and cutting-edge insights. You can register for upcoming webinars or review recordings and slides from past presentations.

Show Up

Go to the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, designed for, and attended by, the global community of higher education IT professionals.

Learn

Are you an instructional technologist, learning architect, or online instructor? Explore the LX Pathways: online, self-paced learning opportunities that address role-specific skills. Choose what you want to learn and earn digital stackable credentials and certificates.

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Mid Level

Mid-level positions in cybersecurity include job titles like information security analyst, information security penetration tester, information security engineer, information security consultant, information security advisor, information security manager, information senior security engineer, manager of information security and systems operations, and senior manager of research computing. In this role, your duties and responsibilities may include designing security systems, conducting reviews and audits, assessing systems for gaps, and recommending solutions.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, communications, or related fields, or similar certified coursework in applicable fields of study. Foundation knowledge and skills may include working knowledge of common software application packages, equipment platforms, reference database systems and sources, and training methods and a basic understanding of networks, data communication, and multimedia systems.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Managing identity and access management infrastructure.
  • Partnering with teams across the university, information security office, server operations, and integrations and application teams to create solutions that meet security and business requirements.
  • Working closely with clients and other ITS staff in support of the university’s mission and strategic direction.

Mid-Level teaching and learning roles include job titles like project manager, instructional designer, and faculty development manager, and typically require expertise in educational technology and learning design. People in these positions are beginning to have leadership responsibilities and may coordinate teams or training. At this level, people continue to develop the competencies and relationships they will need to assume senior and executive roles in the field.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's or master’s depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in career focused on innovation? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway Mid-Level track for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Designing and facilitating academic training and development for institutional teaching faculty.
  • Providing expertise in educational technology and offering input into institutional adoption.
  • Coordinating a team of learning professionals, including positions in library services, teaching and learning centers, and educational technology units.
  • Advocating for student-centered learning and design across the institution.
  • Providing project management support to course design or educational technology projects.

Mid-level positions in innovation include job titles such as digital innovation librarian, associate director of research and innovation, and program manager for innovation and digitization.  Professionals in these positions are often in management-oriented roles with responsibilities for supporting or maintaining a specific area related to innovation. They may also supervise entry-level staff.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Implementing digital learning initiatives.
  • Serving as project manager for innovation projects.
  • Supervising instructional design staff.
  • Managing an analytics team.

Mid-level positions in information technology include job titles such as operations support manager, manager of client services, or manager of reporting and analytics. Professionals in these positions are often in management-oriented roles with responsibilities for supporting or maintaining a specific area within information technology. They may supervise entry-level staff.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent experience) depending on career goals and institutional requirements.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative career? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway's mid-level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Collaborating with stakeholders across the institution to set strategic direction for information technology initiatives.
  • Leading a team of specialists to support information technology programs through the technology lifecycle.
  • Managing information technology projects including hardware and software infrastructure implementation and support.
  • Providing oversight for systems including enterprise applications, data management, and learning technology.

Educational Technology Project Manager

Salary Range:
$65,000–$83,000

Educational technology project mangers oversee and manage daily project activities. Collaborate closely with internal and external partners to ensure the alignment of education outcomes and practice needs. Ensure the proper integration of the project management processes and coordinate the different phases through the project management cycle to ensure that all areas of the project come together to deliver projects to a successful conclusion.

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Faculty Development Manager

Salary Range:
$39,000–$99,000

Faculty development managers envision and implement efforts toward the development and facilitation of a comprehensive faculty professional development program related to online teaching and learning. This includes identifying training needs; coordinating with subject matter experts, faculty members, and members of campus to design and develop learning opportunities for faculty; and identifying qualified facilitators of learning activities.

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Manager, Digital Learning Innovation

Salary Range:
$54,000–$74,000

Managers of digital learning or learning innovation support and sometimes lead innovative learning initiatives, implement new approaches to delivering high quality online courses using experimental models and methods, and work with course development teams and processes to make improvements in service of student learning. Often, preparation of written and multimedia materials, including materials for distribution to college and external stakeholders, will constitute a portion of the role.

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Assistant Director, Educational Technology

Salary Range:
$51,000–$116,000

Assistant directors of educational technology collaborate and offer support for developing and implementing project plans and schedules for the deployment of online courses, including working with faculty, staff, and the administration in the development of pedagogical and educational requirements.

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Learning Experience Designer

Salary Range:
$63,000–$80,000

Learning architects are responsible for overseeing the design, development, and implementation of learning products (e.g., academic programs) through close collaboration with academic and business representatives of partner institutions/organizations. The learning architect is the subject matter expert in digital product design, development, and learning theories.

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Librarian

Salary Range:
$67,000–$92,000

Librarians provide leadership and management of the development of innovative and responsive user-focused services that support student learning, success, and retention through collaboration with colleagues within the library and across the college. These services include reference and information services, information literacy instruction, and outreach programs to support student, staff, and faculty excellence in teaching, learning, and research.

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Having a satisfying cybersecurity career can feel elusive, even for a seasoned cybersecurity professional. In this session, we’ll talk about things that all security professionals, of all levels and backgrounds, need to know and do, in order to achieve professional success.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and skill-building by attending learning events aligned with professional and institutional goals.
  • Commit to mapping potential career paths; be intentional with the learning opportunities to pursue.
Communication
  • Apply effective communication practices to collaborate with stakeholders across the institution.
  • Prepare for and deliver effective presentations.
  • Deliver presentations to diverse audiences within and outside of the institution.
  • Expand your professional network and institutional influence by communicating expertise with others.
Finance
  • Contribute to teaching and learning financial initiatives or institution funding models.
  • Learn about and manage teaching and learning departmental costs to achieve institutional goals.
  • Cultivate institutional partnerships to help secure funding for teaching and learning initiatives.
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Project Management & Strategy
  • Use relevant data to inform effective decisions, propose solutions, and benchmark.
  • Learn how to contribute to institutional project strategies with our Digital Learning Institute.
Use project management strategies to support technology and leadership initiatives.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Practice difficult conversations and learn about the dynamics of organizational politics.
  • Learn about and implement hiring, recruitment, and work practices to maximize a talented, diverse workforce.
Learn how to assess the institutional capacity for change, gain deep clarity about the intended change, and apply the right change tools and tactics that will work for you in your current role and unique situation.
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Assess

Take our competency self-assessment for mid-level teaching and learning professionals to evaluate your skills, abilities and growth opportunities in the areas of learner-driven approaches, academic communication, leading digital initiatives, using data-driven approaches, and more.

Assess

Assess your data literacy skills and abilities in the areas of data management principles, data selection and evaluation, data visualization and presentation, and others by taking the Data Literacy competency self-assessment.

Make Connections

Lead and facilitate a Community Group that dovetails with your interests and expertise, like Online and Blended Learning, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, and Games and Learning.

Engage in Mentoring

Find a mentor who can speak to the challenges of holding leadership roles. Consider a mentor who is in a different sized institution or organization to learn about differences in culture.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to an entry-level teaching and learning professional.

Engage in Mentoring

Create and lead an EDUCAUSE Mentoring Circle around a teaching and learning topic, e.g., learning space design, microcredentials, gamification.

Give Back

Become a Working Group member and collaborate closely with your peers from a variety of institutions to define solutions for new and existing challenges and create useful resources for the community.

Give Back

Support EDUCAUSE conference planning by reading proposals for special topic events or joining or leading a social media team.

Think & Speak

Read and share the latest research and ideas in the Teaching and Learning channel of EDUCAUSE Review. Have a topic you'd like to see covered or an article to contribute? Become a contributor.

Think & Speak

Present at a local Conference, an EDUCAUSE Webinar, QuickTalk, or at the ELI Annual Meeting and EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.

Show Up

Attend the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference for higher ed IT professionals and technology providers from around the world.

Show Up

Go to the ELI Annual Meeting, the premier event for higher education teaching and learning professionals.

Learn

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Attain certifications such as PMP or Quality Matters.

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Practice the skills needed to lead teaching and learning teams with our Digital Learning Leaders Institute.

Advanced Level

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Advanced-level information security positions include information security manager, information security associate director, information security officer, information security architect, information security engineer, assistant director of information security, information security senior director, and others. People in those roles monitor the organization's information technology security system, are in charge of the institution's security risk management program, and act as advisors to executives.

Recommended Education

Bachelor’s degree in Information Security, Information Systems, or Computer Science or relevant experience. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or other equivalent certifications typically preferred. Information security, networking, server administration, and project management experience typically preferred.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Leading and directing the activities of integrated risk management team leads, analysts, coordinators, and other information security professionals.
  • Advising information technology and other executives on the status of technology risk and compliance issues.
  • Contributing to enterprise-level policies and standards, leading incident response activities, and remediating security issues.
  • Implementing, designing, managing and allocating all the technology security measures within an organization.
  • Monitoring the organization's information technology system to look for threats to security, and establishing protocols for identifying and neutralizing threats.

Advanced teaching and learning positions include job titles like senior instructional designer, director of academic technology, teaching and learning center director, and director of online learning. Professionals in these roles provide strategic oversight at the departmental level and usually lead teams. While not at the executive level yet, people in these roles are often the most senior representative subject matter expert in educational technology or learning design.

Recommended Education

Master’s, EdD, or PhD depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

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Interested in a career focused on organization-wide innovation? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway's advanced level.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Leading a team of learning professionals through the processes of course design, digital learning platform implementation, curriculum development, and staff training.
  • Maintaining current and relevant knowledge of higher education learning science.
  • Communicating with institutional leaders regarding the importance of student-centered teaching and learning practices.
  • Assisting with, or assigning team members to assist with, classroom technology, learning space design, faculty development, learning approaches, and evaluation needs.
  • Contributing to the institutional mission and vision regarding student success and teaching excellence.

Advanced-level positions in innovation include job titles such as director of innovation and instructional technology, director of lean transformation, and director of digital innovation and ecosystems. Professionals in these positions are responsible for directing and leading the operations of large innovation-related projects, often with managers and other staff reporting to them.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations

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Interested in a career path that focuses more specifically on teaching and learning? Take a look at the Teaching and Learning Pathway in the advanced level for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Directing an innovation center or an office for teaching effectiveness.
  • Directing work and/or initiatives supporting transformation across the organization.
  • Establishing a strategy for and operationalizing the scholarship of innovation on your campus.
  • Leading library innovation initiatives.

Advanced level positions in information technology include job titles such as director of analytics, director of client services, and director of network work services. Professionals in these positions are responsible for directing and leading the operations of large areas of information technology, often with managers and other staff reporting to them.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent experience) depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative career? Take a look at the Teaching and Learning Pathway's advanced level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Leading a team charged with the supervision of institutional information technology systems, including data, client experience, and web services.
  • Leading and developing central information technology teams of staff and student employees to oversee client relationships, service and help desk support, classroom technology, and information technology project management.
  • Collaborating with institutional stakeholders to make decisions for technology procurement and implementation.
  • Providing insight and leadership for institution web applications.

Senior Instructional Designer

Salary Range:
$60,000–$102,000

Senior instructional designers provide lead guidance to instructional design staff. They assume a leadership role providing curriculum design and technical lead direction to instructional designers, including developing and delivering training. Senior instructional designers also promote the use of data and research to guide course redesign, measure the effectiveness of learning interventions, and support other efforts to incorporate evidence-based practices.

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Director of Academic Technology and Support

Salary Range:
$54,000–$135,000

Directors of academic technology are responsible for the evaluation, deployment, and adoption of technology in support of teaching, learning, and research, using best practice tools and techniques in quality instructional design. The director leads the academic technology team and collaborates with other IT staff and university departments to guide instructional technology strategy that meets the changing technical needs of digital and online learning environments in higher education.

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Director of Classroom Technology and Innovation

Salary Range:
$70,000–$130,000

Directors of classroom technology are responsible for strategic planning and operational management of staff who provide teaching and learning support for faculty and students from planning, consultation, and training to course media production and field support for learning space technology used in remote, on-campus and hybrid teaching models.

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Director, Online Learning

Salary Range:
$84,000–$124,000

Directors of online learning promote and facilitate the use of technology across programs and courses as an integral part of the overall learning experience of students. They may oversee the development of modalities such as hybrid flexible (HyFlex), web-enhanced, and online instruction; oversee development and marketing of fully online programs; supervise instructional designers and other instructional support staff; and provide professional development for faculty to effectively integrate technology in teaching and learning.

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Director of Center for Teaching and Learning

Salary Range:
$82,000–$120,000

Directors of the center for teaching and learning provide leadership and strategy for course design, course delivery, and emerging learning technologies regardless of teaching modality through faculty professional development and instructional design. They oversee staff providing faculty development and training to advance high-quality teaching practices and new initiatives that promote student learning and success. The director will also often act as an advocate for the teaching and learning center with various stakeholders of the instiution inclusing executive leadership.

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What inspires you? Inspiration, motivation, and admiration are all qualities that either help us get to the next step in our career or our personal lives or simply help us get the morning started.

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Keith McIntosh, Vice President & Chief Information Officer at the University of Richmond, shares his advice on the three relationships a CIO should cultivate.

Recognizing the motives and drives of your staff can provide great insight into running an efficient IT organization.

The gap will continue to widen between institutions that are starting to engage in digital transformation and those that have not. We asked five institutional leaders to share their unique projects that reflect a shift to Dx.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and skill-building by sharing knowledge and experiences at professional learning events.
  • Determine how personal goals for development, team aspirations, and organizational strategy align together.
  • Seek out and participate in executive level coaching for leadership.
Communication
  • Advocate for inclusive teaching and learning practices at the organizational level.
  • Expand your network and influence to advance teaching and learning initiatives.
  • Apply coaching communication principles to team members and early-career professionals.
Finance
  • Develop and manage departmental budgets to achieve organizational goals.
  • Evaluate costs and opportunities of potential teaching and learning partnerships with vendors or other outside resources.
  • Identify strategies for resource scarcity and create plans for potential resource gains.
Project Management & Strategy
  • Champion teaching and learning projects that advance the institution's student success objectives.
  • Delegate cross-institutional resources needed to adequately support teaching and learning initiatives.
  • Analyze and apply relevant data to inform strategic decisions, to propose solutions, and to benchmark success.
Develop and hone your ability to effectively manage technology projects and teaching and learning projects.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Navigate campus politics and apply conflict resolution abilities.
  • Implement and reimagine hiring and recruitment practices to develop a talented, diverse workforce.
  • Determine strategies for developing individuals and teams to next-level performance and promotion within the organization.
  • Plan for sustainable organizational change through global thinking, a culture of innovation, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Strengthen systemic leadership by elevating personal skills and performance through focusing on senior leadership traits.
Use the Digital Transformation Journey Roadmap to lead strategy development.
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Assess

Take our competency self-assessment for teaching and learning professionals to evaluate your skills and abilities and to help you identify your strengths and growth opportunities in the areas of leadership approach, communications, project mangement, and more.

Make Connections

Attend a Member QuickTalk to connect with others on timely teaching and learning topics like digitalization and student success.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to a teaching and learning professional who is early in their career.

Give Back

Join an advisory or member committee and help shape EDUCAUSE program content. You can provide guidance and support to a particular topic area, lend your expertise to the development of our events, or volunteer to review presentation proposals.

Think & Speak

Contribute articles to the Teaching and Learning channel of EDUCAUSE Review.

Think & Speak

Give guest lectures at your institution or others to engage with students, faculty, and younger professionals. Raise awareness and better understand teaching and learning concerns and opportunities.

Think & Speak

Facilitate QuickTalks, ELI Webinars, Learning Labs, and Institutes to stay connected and share knowledge. Find out more about being a faculty member at EDUCAUSE, and how to apply.

Show Up

Attend the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference for higher ed IT professionals and technology providers from around the world.

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Go to the ELI Annual Meeting, the premier event for higher education teaching and learning professionals.

Learn

Explore EDUCAUSE’s library pages of relevant resources about Teaching and Learning, and spend time with this QuickPoll data about faculty engagement with instructional design and technology.

Learn

Get up to date on the key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning with the latest Horizon Report, Teaching and Learning Edition. It’s based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across higher education.

Unit Executive Level

Executive Level

11-27 years
11-50 years
11-27 years
11-27 years

Unit executive level positions are typically members of the senior leadership team and work with constituents across the institution—faculty, staff, and students—to develop and deliver a comprehensive security and privacy program, including liaising with the campus general counsel on risk management and compliance activities. These positions may exist in Colleges of Medicine, Colleges of Law, or perhaps at a campus within a multi-campus district. Unit executives will need to have some familiarity with each level of information security work, from the strategic to the technical.

Recommended Education

Advanced degree in computer science, information technology, or related field. CISSP, CISM, GIAC, or equivalent certifications, depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative leadership career? Take a look at the information technology pathway's executive level for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Directing the development and delivery of an awareness and training program for students, faculty, staff, vendors, and other parties interacting with the institution’s data and services.
  • Planning and overseeing information security audits and risk assessments, such as penetration testing, tabletop exercises, and threat modeling, to drive information security prioritization and contribute to the institution’s risk management program.
  • Advising the institution’s counsel and leadership team on information security matters.
  • Defining and maintaining policies, standards, and practices for information and data security throughout the institution, encompassing on-premises and cloud technology, third-party engagements, and academic systems.
  • Serving as an active contributor and subject matter expert on projects that have security/privacy implications.
  • Reporting regularly on the posture of information security at the institution to the senior staff and the board of trustees.

Unit executive level roles in teaching and learning include job titles such as associate vice president online education, and associate provost for academic technology and innovation. These roles are often referred to as the Chief Academic Technology Officer, which can be a formal job title or a more informal institutional designation. Leaders in these roles guide institutional strategy in academic technology and learning innovation.

Recommended Education

PhD or EdD depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in an exploring an alternative career? Take a look at the Information Technology Pathway's executive level.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Providing strategic leadership for teaching and learning and academic technology across the institution, often overseeing multiple functional units.
  • Overseeing professional development programming for institutional teaching faculty.
  • Advocating for digital learning practices and informing academic colleagues of implementation processes.
  • Supervising academic planning, budget cycles, and digital learning plans for the institution and advising the president's office on teaching and learning needs.

Executive-level positions in innovation include job titles such as assistant vice chancellor for instructional innovation and support, chief digital transformation officer, and chief innovation architect. Professionals in these positions are responsible for providing leadership for large areas and sometimes multiple departments within the institution, usually involving strategic planning, budget oversight, and institutional leadership for innovation initiatives.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Establishing and providing strategic direction for innovation initiatives on campus.
  • Reporting out results of innovation initiatives.
  • Overseeing all of the digital learning units on campus.
  • Guiding innovation priorities at the system level.

Executive level positions in information technology include job titles such as chief data officer, chief information officer, vice president for IT, and assistant vice president for information technology. Professionals in these positions are responsible for providing leadership for large areas and sometimes multiple departments within the institution, usually involving strategic planning, budget oversight, and institutional leadership for digital initiatives. These positions work closely with other campus executives.

Recommended Education

Master's or doctoral degree (or equivalent experience) depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative career? Take a look at the Information Security Pathway's executive level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Directing the overall information technology strategy for the institution and advising senior leadership related to digital initiatives.
  • Serving as an active contributor and subject matter expert on institutional projects involving technology.
  • Making strategic information technology operations and staffing decisions to align with the institutional mission and learning needs.
  • Collaborating with other senior leaders to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction for institutional digital efforts.

Associate Provost, Academic Technology and Innovation

Salary Range:
$105,000–$221,000

The associate provost of academic technology and innovation participates in shaping campus strategy and provides campus-wide support for innovation in face-to-face, blended and online education. Duties often include assisting academic units in developing new types of educational programs, especially online programs; guiding campus policies around online programs; and promoting the use of data-informed research and analytics to improve program quality and enhance teaching and learning for our campus.

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Academic Consultant

Salary Range:
$91,000–$125,000

Consultant's work centers around improving teaching and learning outcomes across the institution. This happens through a variety of projects, programs, and offerings, including but not limited to consultations, classroom observations, teaching evaluation analysis, workshops, needs analysis, instructional technology, communication, project management, facilitation, research, assessment, and event management.

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Associate Vice President, Online and Distance Education

Salary Range:
$87,000–$216,000

The associate vice president for online and distance education provides leadership for the planning, development, and delivery of distance learning programs and courses, including online and blended learning. In addition, they often work collaboratively with faculty and academic colleagues to ensure a unified approach and high-quality teaching standards in the online teaching and learning environment. They provide leadership for accreditation, accessibility, and other digital learning-related considerations.

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Chief Academic Technology Officer

Salary Range:
$99,000–$223,000

Chief academic technology officers (CATO) provide strategic leadership and direction for academic technology applications, initiatives, and support services across the broad spectrum of instructional technology functions. They provide leadership in planning and policy related to curriculum development, e-learning, and other instructional technology initiatives that facilitate achievement of the institution's strategic goals. CATOs build partnerships among campus academic support units to work collaboratively toward achievement of institutional goals that can be addressed through instructional technology.

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John O'Brien, EDUCAUSE CEO and President, talks with Mike Corn, CISO for the University of California San Diego, and Cheryl Washington, CISO, for the University of California Davis, about the increasing relevance of the Chief Information Security Officer role.

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Freeman Hrabowski and Jack Suess on Successful President/CIO Collaboration

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Many colleges and universities want to innovate. But are they ready to innovate? Watch this video on keeping pace with innovation.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Build your network with executive-level professionals inside and outside of your institution.
  • Embrace opportunities to act as a mentor or thought-leader in the broader higher education community.
Communication
  • Apply effective communication practices to lead diverse organizational stakeholders across and outside of the institution.
  • Advocate for teaching and learning to the broad institutional audience.
  • Apply effective contract negotiation skills with teaching and learning partners outside of the institution.
Finance
  • Develop and manage organizational infrastructure, financial processes, and funding models.
  • Allocate budget funds to teams and projects in times of scarcity and abundance.
  • Use data to inform needs in budget forecasting efforts.
Project Management & Strategy
  • Apply project management knowledge and strategies to create goals and implement technology and leadership initiatives.
  • Interpret meaningful data to inform effective decisions, propose solutions, and coach others.
  • Plan projects and initiatives with data collection in mind.
  • Develop and apply vendor management skills.
Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Lead sustainable organizational change with systemic thinking and a culture of innovation.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making and leadership behavior.
  • Strengthen leadership approach by elevating personal leadership performance through feedback and executive coaching.
  • Ensure policies, processes, and procedures are aligned with institutional equity goals.
The EDUCAUSE Executive Leaders Academy can help you develop your leadership capabilities. It focuses on how leaders can successfully develop individuals and teams, exhibit leadership in change and innovation, develop strategic goals for optimal outcomes, and advance their own leadership skill levels.
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Assess

Complete this self-assessment to understand your institution’s capabilities for digital transformation in Strategic Innovation, Data and Analytics, Institutional Alignment, Flexibility and Agility, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Transformation of Work and Skills.

Assess

Use our Analytics Services to identify peer institutions, learn more about technology solutions, and benchmark resources through the Core Data Service (CDS).

Make Connections

Seek an executive coach to support critical transitions. EDUCAUSE offers one-on-one career advice meetings at its annual conferences.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to an experienced teaching and learning professional.

Give Back

Serve on consortiums and nonprofit committees and boards. EDUCAUSE elects two members to its board every year. Learn more about the nomination process and how to apply.

Give Back

Apply to serve on non-profit and corporate advisory boards.

Give Back

Chair an EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee or Conference Program Committee.

Think & Speak

Give guest lectures to engage with, raise awareness and better understand teaching and learning needs of students, faculty, and younger professionals.

Think & Speak

Facilitate Webinars, Learning Labs, and Institutes to stay connected and share knowledge. Find out more about being a faculty member at EDUCAUSE and how to apply.

Think & Speak

Leverage national student and faculty survey data to inform your ideas and build credibility.

Show Up

Attend trainings and conferences outside of higher education.

Show Up

Prepare to present at an EDUCAUSE event, such as our annual conference, by leveraging our facilitation and design resources to polish your approach—or leverage our Presenter Concierge services.

Learn

Advance learning through the innovative application of technology across your campus. Explore the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) to find the tools, resources, and peer connections you need.

Learn

Get up to date on the key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning with the latest Horizon Report, Teaching and Learning Edition, based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across higher education.

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Renew your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review EDUCAUSE’s DEI book recommendations list for suggestions provided by community members, and watch this CIO Minute video about understanding your DEI story.

Institutional Executive Level

19-50 years
3-11 years
19-50 years
19-50 years

Under the general direction of the vice chancellor, president, and/or CIO, institutional executive-level positions are typically responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive, university-wide or district-wide information security and privacy program. These positions help inform and provide strategic guidance around information security to the CIO, the members of the institutional senior management team, the Board of Trustees, and the broader institutional community.

Recommended Education

Advanced degree in computer science, information technology, or related field. CISSP, CISM, CCSP, CEH, GIAC, or equivalent certifications, depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Staying current on the latest security and privacy legislation, regulations, advisories, alerts, and vulnerabilities pertaining to the institution and its mission.
  • Coordinating the development of institutional information security policies, standards, and procedures. Working with key information technology offices, data custodians, and governance groups in the development of such policies. Ensuring that university policies support compliance with external requirements.
  • Serving as the university compliance officer with respect to institutional, state, and federal information security policies and regulations, and submitting required reports to external agencies.
  • Leading and overseeing incident reporting and response systems to address security incidents, responding to alleged policy violations, or complaints from external parties, and serving as the official contact point for information security, privacy, and copyright infringement incidents, including maintaining relationships with law enforcement entities.

Institutional Executive Teaching and Learning include job titles such as Chief Online Learning Officer; Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs; and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. These roles are typically positioned at the institutional or district level of the organization and are responsible for providing institution-wide leadership, supervision, guidance, and direction for all educational programs, faculty and staff, and instructional policies and procedures. They may also provide leadership and supervision for academic support services, including tutoring, testing and assessment, and library services.

Recommended Education

PhD or EdD depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in other senior leadership options? Consider the Innovation Pathway's institutional executive level.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Overseeing university curricula.
  • Providing leadership for evaluating and ensuring quality in all aspects of instructional and educational programs.
  • Directing budget preparation for the academic and academic-related programs.
  • Recommending, developing and implementing instructional policies, procedures, and practices that foster and promote student learning throughout the organization.
  • Building an innovative culture and guiding innovation process throughout the organization.

Institutional executive-level positions in innovation include job titles such as chief learning and innovation officer, vice president for research and innovation, and vice president for strategy and innovation. Professionals in these positions work with other executives and provide leadership for institution-wide initiatives and strategy.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Representing the institution externally.
  • Directing institutional strategic planning and goal-setting.
  • Guiding partnerships with other institutions or industry.
  • Overseeing the transformation of every business process.

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Recommended Education

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Chief Online Learning Officer

Salary Range:
$170,000–$250,000

The chief online learning officer is typically a C-suite-level role that develops and implements a strategic plan for growth of fully online, remote, hybrid, and enhanced learning experiences across all divisions and for other initiatives. Generally, position responsibilities may include budget management, staff management, course/program review, new program development, and assessment. Other responsibilities may include leading an analysis of existing strengths and resources as compared with market demand for digital education; collaborating with leaders such as the president, provost, deans, faculty, and other stakeholders on developing recommendations for expanding online offerings and developing new programs; staying current on modalities for delivering digital and hybrid education, and developing recommendations for how to advance a digital education strategy; leading marketing and recruitment strategies; leading digital education strategy in collaboration with academic and other units to coordinate marketing, enrollment, and learner support for online and hybrid programs across the institution; and providing leadership for ongoing research and analysis for program success.

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Vice President of Instruction

Salary Range:
$138,000–$290,000

The vice president of instruction serves as the chief instructional officer of the institution. They have overall responsibility for providing institution-wide leadership, supervision, guidance, and direction for all educational programs, faculty and staff, and instructional policies and procedures. They are also responsible for providing leadership and supervision for academic support services, including tutoring, testing and assessment, and library services.

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Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Salary Range:
$71,000–$220,000

The AVP of academic affairs is responsible for providing administrative support and strong leadership for faculty issues, strategic planning, assessment, human resource concerns, and other areas, and serves as a member of the expanded senior leadership team.

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Chief Innovation Officer

Salary Range:
$115,000–$250,000

Help faculty, administrators, and staff look up and out for new solutions and innovations. Generate and build momentum for ideas and develop an innovative mindset within the campus community. Develop processes for innovation. Connect with partners and funders outside of the institution. Administer seed funding and “release time” for promising projects. Give “air cover” for innovation. Act as the external spokesperson for innovation.

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Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Salary Range:
$115,000–$361,000

The vice chancellor for academic affairs advises and assists the chancellor and provides leadership to the academic and academic-related units of the university. Oversees academic planning, academic program review, and curriculum development. Supervises budget preparation for the academic and academic-related programs, allocating and reallocating funds and resources to and from these programs.

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Provost

Salary Range:
$100,000–$300,000

The provost is the chief academic officer of the University, providing primary administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs of the university. Depending on the institution, the provost will lead a variety of academic departments and intiatives.

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Two IT leaders discuss a cyberattack that occurred at each of their institutions and share insights into preparing for future threats.

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Looking at info techas a career path can be intimidating, but many working in this field didn't start out with intentions to work in cybersecurity. In this podcast, we ask several higher education cybersecurity professionals how they would encourage others to consider cybersecurity as a career option.

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Watch this video with Keith McIntosh, Vice President & Chief Information Officer at the University of Richmond, as he discusses the 3 most important relationships to develop at your institution.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Act as a leader for the field of teaching and learning through service on boards, event committees, and professional associations.
  • Stay abreast of accreditation guidelines and procedures for various academic departments and credentialing programs.
Communication
  • Engage in effective communication for the teaching and learning division to be a vital component of the institution strategy.
  • Speak and otherwise share ideas at national conferences to advocate for the importance of teaching and learning.
Finance
  • Request funds and approve expenditure of funds for teaching and learning development efforts.
  • Manage and oversee department budgeting operations.
Project Management & Strategy
  • Develop and implement strategic intiatives for the academic division
  • Appropriately delegate and monitor project mangement needs throughout the division
Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Act as a leader for higher education teaching and learning by advocating for issues such as online teaching and learning, scholarship as practice, and student-centered approaches.
  • Mentor future teaching and learning leaders on practices and approaches to leading in the field.
  • Evaluate team members at scheduled intervals upon reviewing relevant information.
The EDUCAUSE Executive Leaders Academy can help you develop your leadership capabilities. It focuses on how leaders can successfully develop individuals and teams, exhibit leadership in change and innovation, develop strategic goals for optimal outcomes, and advance their own leadership skill levels.
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Assess

Complete this analytics capabilities institutional self-assessment to understand your institutional capabilities in the areas of Workforce, Data Governance, Data Management, Leadership, and Data-Informed Culture.

Make Connections

Seek an executive coach to support critical transitions. EDUCAUSE offers one-on-one career advice meetings at its annual conferences.

Make Connections

Look for opportunities to build relationships with teaching and learning experts outside of higher education by participating in leadership and networking programs.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to a senior teaching and learning professional looking for career support.

Give Back

Be a part of advancing higher education through the use of information technology by becoming a governing member of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors.

Give Back

Serve on consortiums and nonprofit committees and boards. EDUCAUSE elects two members to its board every year. Learn more about the nomination process and how to apply.

Think & Speak

Facilitate Webinars, Learning Labs, and Institutes to stay connected and share knowledge. Find out more about being a faculty member at EDUCAUSE, and how to apply.

Think & Speak

Attend or speak at higher education events to advocate for teaching and learning.

Think & Speak

Leverage national student and faculty survey data to inform broad audiences.

Show Up

Attend trainings and conferences outside the higher ed world.

Learn

Expand your view of teaching and learning by reading books and articles on the topic from the corporate or nonprofit sectors.

Learn

Interested in tackling the most critical issues in higher education? The Leading Change Institute brings together leaders who seek to inspire, advocate for, and advance change in today’s increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing higher education environment.

Ways to Keep Growing

Throughout and beyond your teaching and learning career, there are ways to keep contributing and providing thought leadership to the profession that may fall outside of the particular career levels identified above. Explore ways to make connections, to continue leading, and to support other professionals and institutions with your hard-earned expertise and experience.

Make Connections

Look for opportunities to build relationships with teaching and learning experts outside of higher education by participating in leadership and networking programs.

Show Up

Attend conferences outside the higher education sector.

Show Up

Share your knowledge through consulting, contracting, and speaking.

Show Up

Submit an article to EDUCAUSE Review sharing insights from your institution's initiatives.

Show Up

Explore stretch projects at your institution that allow you to develop expertise in new areas.

Learn

Serve as faculty for the EDUCAUSE institutes and other programs to stay connected and share knowledge. Find out more about being a faculty member at EDUCAUSE and how to apply.

Learn

Participate in the Executive Leaders Academy to broaden your perspectives, develop extensive leadership abilities, and join a community of leaders who learn and advance together.