We Need a ‘Research and Instructional Technologist’

The law school is looking for a Research and Instructional Technologist to discover new cool tools for us, customize them, and teach law faculty how to make the most of them.

The Research and Instructional Technologist will design and implement a program to assist faculty in incorporating technology into their teaching and scholarship by providing consultation, advice, training and support for instructional and research technologies. In so doing, the Research and Instructional Technologist will among other initiatives demonstrate the use of specific software in group and individual sessions and will be the faculty resource for specific instructional and research technology software and hardware questions. The person in this position will also focus on researching and recommending the most appropriate combinations of instructional and research technologies for facilitating the Law School's scholarly and educational missions. Other responsibilities include authoring written instructions and documentation for technology resources available to the faculty. The Information Technology Department's Assistant Manager of Audio Visual Services will work collaboratively with the person in this position in training the faculty in the use of classroom technology.

This position will coordinate the delivery and support of instructional and research technologies and services with the Director Information Technology and the Director of the Law Library. This person must possess a high level of skill in working inter-departmentally and must be comfortable in both, Law Library and IT settings. Position #002076.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.A. in Instructional Technology, Educational Technology or related field and five years work related experience; Master's degree in Instructional Technology, Educational Technology preferred. To include: Experience assisting educators in using technology to enhance teaching and/or research; Training or teaching experience; Knowledge of web-authoring, design and development; Broad range of technical proficiency including: multimedia design, developing and administering courses in various course management products, understanding presentation software, HTML, 'smart' classroom presentation equipment, graphics packages, streaming video technologies, and Office Packages (Microsoft/Corel). Salary: Competitive.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

This could be a great job for the right person. And if you are that person, we'll really appreciate you.

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2 Responses to We Need a ‘Research and Instructional Technologist’

  1. Karl Llewellyn says:

    Nonsense. Sit in the back of any UM Law class and students are using their laptops almost exclusively for instant messaging, myspace, and porn. What is more “instructional technology” going to accomplish? Why not send all the professors to seminars on how to keep lectures relevant and interesting? CALI and other resources have been around a long time and nobody uses them anyway. Why not demand they produce an outline for review prior to a lecture, rather than showing up unprepared and making it up (incoherently) as they go (you can fool some of the people some of the time…).

    Consider this…Nova touts itself as the nation’s “Most Wired” law campus. And most “top” UM Law grads are sharing offices at the same crappy insurance defense firms as them, and/or leaving law after a few years of “practice” (yeah, yeah your “We Have Great Students/Alum” posts…guess what even a broken clock is right twice a day…where are all the Federal Appellate and (gasp) SCOTUS clerks from UM?). What does that tell you?

    What happened to the PaperChase contracts prof? Now you’re all terrified like sissies that some “law student” is going to have a panic attack if you call on them unexpectedly and they pee their pants and have a “panic attack” and sue the law school for PTSD damages. Stop this technology nonsense, lift up your skirts and start teaching law the way it should be taught. Telling students their cyber-tushies don’t stink only leaves them unprepared for real practice and scholarship.

    Outstanding lecturing and high standards are the only tried and true methods of producing great legal minds.

  2. Mojo says:

    Shorter Karl – Although “new” and “tried and true” are, by definition, mutually exclusive sets, I insist that “It’s not tried and true” is an adequate critique of any new technique.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

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