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Whitman College
  • Position Number: 1958129
  • Location: Walla Walla, WA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Instructional and Learning Technologist for Humanities and Arts
Whitman College

Technology Services · WALLA WALLA, Washington
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Whitman College

Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Walla Walla

Located in southeastern Washington's scenic wine country and nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Walla Walla is a diverse community that puts the best of small-town America within easy reach. The town of nearly 32,000 residents boasts a thriving Latino community, representing over 20 percent of the county population.

The Whitman College campus is located at the top of Walla Walla's historic main street which is ranked one of the best in the U.S. It mixes charming shops with trendy cafés and boutiques. Its numerous wine tasting rooms, gourmet restaurants, and abundant public art provide ready destinations and entertainment.

Many Whitman employees live only minutes from campus in one of the many historic and charming neighborhoods nearby. And Walla Walla has the shortest commute in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The rivers, woods, hills, mountains, and canyons that surround Walla Walla offer a diverse range of activities. Walla Walla is much drier than its neighbors to the west. Residents and visitors enjoy the bounty of sunny days by canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and bicycling around town and in the nearby area

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Technology Services Department
Our department delivers both technological services and collaborative, strategic thinking/implementation to the Whitman community. We organize ourselves into five interconnected teams: Client Services, Enterprise Technology, Technology Infrastructure, Instructional and Learning Technology, and Information Security. Throughout our collective efforts, we constantly strive to make things (even) better, perform with integrity by doing the right thing, listen and speak with care, stay hungry with curiosity, and not forget to have fun in what we do.

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Instructional and Learning Technology Group

As part of Technology Services, our group's "bread and butter" is working closely with faculty to help them enhance and/or augment their pedagogical and scholarly goals through the effective application of technology. We passionately pursue this broad spectrum of activities in everything from helping faculty with day-to-day computing to supporting long term projects; from technical support of events, to examining and piloting exciting new uses of technology.

This position works to augment and enhance instruction and learning through technology for both students and faculty, specifically in the Humanities and Arts (Division 2). The needs and hopes of Division 2 range widely from the ubiquitous (e.g. using Canvas, working with Wordpress, etc) to the niche (e.g. Omeka, 3D printing, etc). This staff position does not need to "know it all," but rather needs to possess minimum qualifications (see below) and a passion to keep learning, experimenting, helping others, and growing their skill and mindset. It's a diverse landscape of people and work, and we welcome a diverse range of applicants. As a member of the Instructional and Learning Technology group of Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS), this position collaborates with IT staff members and others to provide an information technology environment that is consistent with the goals and needs of Whitman College students, faculty, and staff.

The principal responsibility of the Instructional and Learning Technologist for the Humanities and Arts is to work with, collaborate, and support Humanities and Arts faculty members.

Responsibilities and duties include:
1. Pursuing the effective and/or innovative application of technology to meet with pedagogical and scholarly pursuits by:
a. Keeping abreast of current and emerging educational technology developments (e.g. Digital Humanities, multimedia authoring, etc).
b. Collaborating with faculty, other Technology Services staff, library, students, and others to identify, design, develop, implement, maintain, and assess instructional and learning uses of technology.
c. Supporting extant faculty and student endeavors through troubleshooting, maintenance, documentation, and training.

2. Participating in the planning, designing, and conducting of faculty development and learning vehicles (e.g. workshops, instructional sessions, documentation, tutorials, screencasts, etc.). This includes supporting use of the campus Learning Management System.
3. Assisting other Technology Services staff in maintaining and developing Division 2 computer labs, Multimedia Development Lab, and collaborative learning spaces, acting as the forward-facing interface between faculty and students and other Technology Services staff.
4. Assisting in providing desktop and application support to Division 2 faculty.
5. Assist in the deployment of technologies to Division 2 faculty.
6. Perform other essential duties as assigned.


Individuals must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities and to possess the necessary physical requirements with or without the aid of mechanical devices, to safely perform the essential functions of the job.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree (emphasis/major in education, technology, or other relevant field preferred).
A minimum of two years' experience in instructional technology and/or user support in a managed computing environment, or a combination of relevant skills and experience.
Passion for and dedication to the role of instructional and learning technologies in higher education
Proficiency with Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.
Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication, especially in a diverse environment.
Ability to work independently and in teams.
Willingness to occasionally work an evening or on a weekend.
Value, respect, and welcoming of diverse human perspectives and experiences.
Satisfactory clearance of background check.

Preferred Qualifications
The following attributes are not mandatory, but we desire as many as possible in the ideal candidate:

Technological Experience in supporting and/or using:

Web applications and/or content management systems (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, etc).
Multimedia applications for presentation/publication, graphics, audio (sound design, music, and/or podcasting), video, digitization of analog materials.
Digital Humanities applications (e.g. TEI, Omeka).
Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Moodle).

Instruction and Learning

Advanced degree in education, instructional design, or other relevant field to the Humanities.
Familiarity with extant and emerging instructional needs, designs, and methodologies in the Humanities.
Familiarity and/or expertise with visual and new media communication and composition.


A proven ability to translate challenges into opportunities and work comfortably in a changing, multi-tasked, and sometimes ambiguous environment.
Ability to manage projects and project portfolios.
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Analytical and creative approaches to problem solving.

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