Virtual School Meanderings

September 23, 2008

Opening: Assistant/Associate Professor, Instructional Technology, Wayne State University

This has nothing to do with virtual schooling or K-12 online learning, other than the fact that the person hired will be one of my colleagues and if they had an interest in virtual schooling or K-12 online learning it would create some synergy for additional research – similar to what you see at places like the University of Florida, Boise State University, and Iowa State University where there are multiple researchers interested in virtual schooling or K-12 online learning.

Wayne State University’s College of Education invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in the Instructional Technology Program. The responsibilities are: to teach graduate level courses in the Instructional Technology program emphases related to your areas of expertise; advise graduate students and serve on doctoral committees; engage in research, scholarly activities and publication; perform appropriate service including participation in program area/division/college and university committees and in professional organizations.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Instructional Technology or related field; primary emphases in interactive technologies and instructional design. Expertise in areas such as on-line learning, interactive courseware design and development preferred. Experience in university-level teaching and research, distance education, technology-based product development, and a publication record preferred.

WSU is a comprehensive research university with a concentration of students in professional and graduate programs. The Instructional Technology program is one of the College of Education’s leading programs in terms of both strength and size. It sponsors the University’s Certificate in University Teaching and the State of Michigan’s Educational Technology Endorsement program for P-12 teachers. The program is affiliated with the College’s Institute for Learning and Performance Improvement and has strong ties with the metropolitan Detroit education and training communities. There are approximately 600 Instructional Technology students, including 70 doctoral students. See for additional program information, for College information and for university and campus information. The university is in Detroit, the eighth largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with the range of cultural and recreational offerings typical of a major city. See to learn more about the university and the Detroit area.

Candidates should complete a Wayne State University online application at The position number is 035693. Candidates also are encouraged to submit a hard copy letter of application that addresses their qualifications for the position. With this letter, include a current vita and a 1-2 page summary of your research agenda. In addition, arrange to have three original, recent letters of recommendation and your official transcripts sent to the address below. Also provide a list of additional references and their contact information (addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers). Send these applications and nominations to:

Dr. Timothy Spannaus, Chair, Instructional Technology Search Committee
Wayne State University
441 College of Education Building
Detroit, MI, 48202

Please include your e-mail address in your application packet so that we may acknowledge receipt of your materials and send you additional information.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will continue until the position is filled. Requests for confidentiality will be respected until the final search phases. The appointment will begin in the Fall of 2009.

Wayne State University is a premier institution of higher education offering more than 350 academic programs through 14 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students in metropolitan Detroit.

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