Instructional Technologist with Language Focus

Who We Are

Denison University’s purpose is to “inspire and educate our students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society.” Information Technology Services (ITS) plays an integral role in fulfilling this purpose by enabling, supporting, and aligning the use of technology in the university. Technology is a fundamental part of Denison’s mission, operations and the way in which we interact with the campus community. 

Denison University and the ITS leadership team are committed to advancing the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Read more about Denison Forward, our commitment to IDEA. 

Denison University offers generous paid leave and healthcare benefits, including medical, dental, and vision, as well as retirement plans, tuition benefits, a commitment to collaboration, and professional development.


Who You Are

Working closely with faculty, students, and staff, you are a dedicated educator who has supported technology adoption in coursework and scholarship in academic departments/programs, especially for second language acquisition. With solid listening skills to strengthen trust and build relationships, you provide guidance on pedagogical technology in collaboration with faculty across disciplines. Leveraging a team-oriented mindset, you work with other instructional technologists to organize training opportunities, create innovative solutions, and predict future needs while developing faculty and student self-confidence and self-reliance. Your excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills help you interact with diverse individuals and groups across campus.


What You Will Do

  • Develop and conduct in-class trainings and faculty sessions as well as hold office hours for individualized student and faculty consultations; research, evaluate, and demonstrate emerging technologies, especially for second language learning; inform faculty of new technology resources and related pedagogical trends; train new faculty and student assistants on current technologies at Denison.  

  • Identify and communicate best practices for applying technology in the curriculum; research and introduce best practices for technology-enhanced teaching and learning on a regular basis; collaborate with faculty on instructional design and course projects; ensure that faculty are aware of pedagogical applications of technology; properly support uses of technology through consulting services and training; research pedagogical challenges to identify the best technologies to aid learning and drive engagement.

  • Create, update, and maintain clear written documentation and other training materials, such as session outlines, tutorial videos, and websites, to support teaching and learning.

  • Collaborate with supervisor, other instructional technologists, ITS staff, the Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, and Library staff to provide direction, innovation, and support to faculty in the use of academic technology. 

  • Offer consulting and guidance to faculty regarding IT-related programs and services available to them on campus and through affiliated organizations (e.g., EDUCAUSE/ELI, Five Colleges of Ohio,) as well as actively participate in these organizations.

  • Advocate for the instructional technology resources for faculty and academic staff. Advise on technology purchases and provisioning along with grant technology requests.

  • Identify current technology needs as well as future directions and trends. Stay well-informed on emerging technologies and remain engaged with faculty to seek partnership opportunities.

  • Perform other duties as required. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably involving second language study. An equivalent combination of education, training and related experience may be considered for the educational requirement.

  • Two or more years of experience in language teaching with technology and curriculum development. 

  • Deep understanding of language learning through second language acquisition, and experience in educational technology with drive to advance skills through employer-provided professional development opportunities. Solid background in common second language technologies across several languages. 

  • Broad academic technology skills with expertise in some of the following: Windows and Macintosh operating systems; word processing and related office software; video conferencing, including Zoom; lecture/screen capture; multimedia creation/editing; website creation/editing; online mapping applications; learning management systems; learning space design; Universal Design for Learning; and eportfolio development. Familiarity with remote and hybrid technologies for teaching and learning.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing instructional materials and media for a post-secondary academic audience.

  • Self-motivation with the ability to work independently with limited supervision along with demonstrated competence to manage several projects simultaneously with attention to detail.

  • Recognized excellence in responsive customer support, face-to-face and remotely, and in creatively solving ambiguous, complex problems. 

  • Supervisory skills, including ability and experience to mentor student assistants in their on-campus careers.

  • A commitment to Denison’s shared values.


Success Factors

While no one candidate will likely possess all of the following qualifications, experiences, and skills, a successful candidate will possess many of them.

  • Master’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, a foreign language (preferably with a focus on linguistics), or second language acquisition. Knowledge of adult learning theory. Additional experience in digital humanities or social science is a plus as is a background in assessment.

  • Five or more years of experience in second language teaching with technology and curriculum development. 

  • Experience teaching or learning more than one language.

  • Extensive knowledge of many of the following: textbook online resources, including LMS plugins; general reference and social note-taking applications; language assessment and cross-language applications/services; Artificial Intelligence for language learning.

  • Knowledge of inclusive pedagogies with a focus on Open Educational Resources, Project-based Learning, and best practices for recording video/audio interviews.

  • Facility with Web authoring, client-scripting (HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript), web standards, and accessibility guidelines. 

  • Experience with course creation and management tools within a learning management system and with content management tools (e.g., Drupal or WordPress).


Partial hybrid work options may be considered with a majority of the week on campus.

Apply online at Please include a CV and cover letter with your application. Position open until filled. Applications received by November 30 will receive full consideration.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide ( Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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