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Curriculum Development Specialist - Indigenous Programs

Status:  Full Time

Campus:  Fennell

Hours:  Monday to Friday; between 8:00am and 10:00pm

Rate of Pay:  Commensurate upon qualifications and experience

Pay band:  Not applicable

Posting Date:  May 28th, 2019

Closing Date:  June 28th, 2019 at 7:00pm EST



Academic Quality is seeking to recruit a Curriculum Development Specialist for Indigenous Programs. Reporting to the Manager, Indigenous Education, the Curriculum Development Specialist will provide expertise to support faculty with the design, development and/or revision of programs and courses across various academic divisions. The Indigenous Curriculum Specialist will provide expertise and service to assist with embedding an awareness of Indigenous ways of knowing into the instruction and curriculum design at Mohawk College. Part of this work will be assisting program departments in the development of new Indigenous Diploma, Graduate Certificate, and Degree programs, as well as, the review and revision of current Indigenous programs/courses for college accreditation. The incumbent will apply principles of curriculum design and promote best practices and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, quality improvement.



Duties include, but are not limited to:


·         Work with the Associate Dean and other Curriculum Development Specialists in the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to support faculty throughout the learning outcome, curriculum design, and development process while advising on a variety of teaching and assessment strategies, tools, materials, and resources, the integration of web-based approaches, and active learning opportunities to enhance student engagement.

·         Develop Indigenous Learning Outcomes to support faculty embed Indigenous content into curriculum.

·         The faculty member will consult with Mohawk College’s Indigenous Education Circle members, Elders and Indigenous students to build a safe learning environment that respect Indigenous cultures and identities.

·         Collaborate with various stakeholders including, individual faculty, curriculum teams and Associate Deans on the design, development, revision of College programming, including the formal program review and college accreditation processes.

·         Facilitate the development and implementation of online learning initiatives.

·         Apply curriculum process and adhere to standards to promote innovative and quality curriculum across the entire College.

·         Work with faculty and staff to conceptualize, plan, design, develop and revise curriculum using formal methodologies and evidence-based principles of learning design.

·         Use model curricula, and content research sources, advise faculty and staff on the evaluation of program/course content.

·         Guide and coach faculty to incorporate principles of learning theory, especially as it relates to Indigenous learners into the curriculum design process, including strategies and tools for online delivery.

·         Guide and coach faculty and staff in the design of assessment instruments, appropriate to outcomes-based programs and courses.

·         Advise and assist the academic departments with faculty training with respect to curriculum design, development, and delivery.

·         Assist faculty and staff with the evaluation and selection of learning resources.

·         Consult, coach and facilitate faculty in the use of learning management systems and online learning strategies and tools that improve curriculum quality and making curriculum accessible.

·         Coordinate the planning and design of interdisciplinary curriculum.

·         Support institutional capacity in all aspects of curriculum development and implementation through coaching, providing professional development and sharing support tools and materials.

·         Participate in College committees that deal with curriculum strategy, quality and policy.

·         Participate in a provincial network of curriculum specialists to identify and share best practices in curriculum.



The successful applicants will have:


  • Strong understanding of Indigenous pedagogy, epistemologies, and land-based learning including outcomes and assessments.
  • Practices culturally appropriate ways of engaging Indigenous communities.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous issues and experience in navigating difficult conversations towards positive learning experiences.
  • Proven ability to plan, implement and evaluate educational/curriculum using the formative evaluation approach.
  • A Master’s degree in education or equivalent, with a concentration on curriculum design.
  • Substantial teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Experience in training and assisting faculty and staff; skilled at helping other professionals learn.
  • Leadership and hands-on experience in curriculum development at the post-secondary level, with preference given to applicants with experience designing degree programs.
  • Experience with the design and development of blended and fully online programs and courses.
  • Experience using a Learning Management System and the tools that enhance learning.
  • Familiar with quality improvement strategies relevant to post-secondary education.
  • Strong planning, time-management, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate his or her experience as an effective leader and team member.
  • Demonstrated commitment and understanding of human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion with the ability to communicate and work effectively inter-culturally with diverse groups of students, employees and the community.



This position is part of Mohawk College’s response to the Calls to Action in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report, and as part of our commitment to our Indigenous Education and Initiatives Plan, preference will be given to Indigenous Peoples or Peoples of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations (status or non-status), Metis & Inuit.