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The University of Pittsburgh seeks a Director of the Learning Research & Development Center
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Position:
The University of Pittsburgh regards this position as one of the most attractive university appointments in the country in the fields of education, psychology, and related disciplines. The director of the LRDC reports directly to the provost and senior vice chancellor and serves as a member of the Academic Leadership Team along with regional campus presidents, deans, and other University center directors. The director (i) works with the University’s leadership to maintain and strengthen the University’s prominence in the field; (ii) promotes and enhances the LRDC’s activities in education, research, and public service; and (iii) manages the LRDC, a University-supported center with approximately 150 personnel, including faculty members, research associates, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.

The University seeks a leader who possesses the vision, powers of connection, and collaborative spirit and skills required to forge effective alliances and partnerships throughout the campus and with external stakeholders. Given the wide range of faculty expertise at Pitt and academic inquiry undertaken at the LRDC, the director should have an appreciation of different disciplines and a strong sense of how they can work together for greater impact. The director should be capable of nurturing the next generation of learning scientists through mentorship and training.

The center pulls from diverse funding streams, and the director should have strong financial acumen and the ability to understand and cultivate new resources for the LRDC. The director should also be actively engaged in raising the LRDC’s visibility, both within the University and nationally and internationally, and should work collaboratively with other academic leaders to create a vibrant research ecosystem for learning science at Pitt.

The successful candidate will be:
  • A leader who can develop and enrich the role that the LRDC plays in enhancing the University’s mission to provide high-quality research and programs, advance learning sciences, and engage with the community.
  • A strategic and visionary thinker who understands the rapidly changing landscape of higher education and can develop and execute a strategy to position the center as an innovative entity that can adapt to new realities while maintaining strength in areas of historic excellence.
  • An entrepreneurial leader, who will explore new opportunities for the center to increase its reach, impact, and national and international reputation.
  • An individual who is fully committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

To Apply:
The University of Pittsburgh, in consultation with Summit Search Solutions, Inc., will begin a confidential review of application materials immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by March 29, 2024 will be given first consideration. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that also addresses the qualifications described above. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. 

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Tammarah (Tammy) Townes
Senior Consultant

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 302-388-9480

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.


Institution: University of Pittsburgh
This is a full time position

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