Proposed action objective:
Promote innovative technology-based curricular and extracurricular educational initiatives and coordinate faculty development activities under one organizational structure directed by a Vice/Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation.
How does this objective contribute to one or more of USD’s overall strategic goals?
This objective contributes directly to Goal #2 by increasing opportunities for integrated learning experiences, to Goal #4 by promoting excellence in our liberal arts and sciences curricula, and to Goal #5 by enhancing USD’s reputation regionally and nationally.
Who is responsible for implementing and monitoring this objective?
An interim coordinator in the Provost’s Office will initially assume responsibility until the Vice/Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation is hired. The new vice/assistant provost is ultimately responsible for creating a coordinated network of new and existing programs that offer and support development opportunities.
What steps are necessary to achieve this objective?
- Appoint interim coordinator in Provost’s Office in preparation for hire of vice/assistant provost.
- Identify existing programs that fall under the scope of educational innovation and develop position descriptions for two interdisciplinary instructional design specialists to serve as a bridge between faculty and ITS.
- Interim coordinator and Provost will develop a position description for a full-time vice/assistant provost, search, and hire.
- Over a period of time, hire six more interdisciplinary instructional design specialists to focus on discipline-specific curricular innovations.
- Actively pursue external funding to support new and sustained faculty development focused on integrated, interdisciplinary learning environments.
What measurable indicator(s) can be used to monitor progress?
Quantitative indicators could include:
- New courses and course revisions
- External funding secured
- Software programs and papers published
- Number of interdisciplinary faculty collaborations and educational initiatives (e.g., EDIG, CHAT)
- Number of funded faculty development projects incorporating innovative uses of technology
- Extension of learning opportunities into non-classroom settings
Proposed timeline—what is to be accomplished by:
What resources will be required to accomplish this objective?
|Financial||First year, $160K for two interdisciplinary instructional design specialists (2@$80K salary and benefits). Second year, above plus $180K for Vice/Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation, $45K for executive assistant, and $160K for two interdisciplinary instructional design specialists. Third year, above plus $160K for two interdisciplinary instructional design specialists. Fourth year, above plus $160K for two interdisciplinary instructional design specialists. [Salary figures include salary and benefits in current dollars.]|
|Personnel||Vice/Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation, executive assistant, and eight interdisciplinary instructional design specialists, one each in the following areas: Business, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, Nursing, Peace Studies, and Physical Sciences.|
|Space||Office space for vice/assistant provost, executive assistant, and eight interdisciplinary instructional design specialists.|
|Technical||Equipment for above positions.|