Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The University of Wisconsin - Stout is seeking an Instructional Designer for academic programming. Salary will be determined at time of hire commensurate with the successful candidate’s academic preparation and experience. The anticipated start date for this position is April 2023.


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Relevant experience in online or web-based development and/or instructional design.
  • Demonstrated experience developing effective training materials, tip sheets, and other adult learner-focused, practical resources.
  • Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.

Highly Desired

  • Master’s degree or three years combination of education and relevant experience in instructional design, online learning technologies, or instructional technologies.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment developing online instructional learning materials.
  • Evidence of working knowledge and/or experience related to designing for accessibility in the online environment.
  • Evidence of demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to develop effective working relationships and explain information to diverse persons and groups.


The Instructional Designer will enable the further expansion of the existing Online Professional Development Education (OPDE) program at UW-Stout, coordinated via the College of Arts and Human Sciences and Stout Online. The Instructional Designer is expected to work collaboratively and collectively on a regular basis with the college and program leadership, including the Instructional Design Specialist – Accessibility; student members of the Instructional Design Unit, instructors, and staff. The ideal candidate will embrace working in a fast-paced, highly collaborative setting, with a positive attitude.

80% Instructional Design

  • Assist in the development of instructional strategies, course materials, assessment methods, and integration of instructional technologies and best practices.
  • Collaborate with faculty to design high quality and engaging online and hybrid courses.
  • Design and develop learning materials in a variety of online formats.
  • Evaluate educational needs and provide appropriate design recommendations, time estimates, and design resource requirements.
  • Proactively consult with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to identify and formulate learning objectives.
  • Advise instructors on pedagogical “Best Practices” to accomplish student learning goals.
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement new tools, software, techniques, and solutions that can improve online learning and teaching.
  • Design and develop course content and instructor and participant materials, including performance support materials.
  • Implement, evaluate, and maintain learning solutions.
  • Evaluate training programs or curricula for effectiveness and desired outcome; utilize feedback to initiate changes, refinements, and improvements.

15% Instructor Support and Training

  • Support instructors in the development of course guides, syllabi, instructional media assets, and learning materials that meet quality assurance standards in accordance with regional accreditation criteria and programmatic accreditation standards.
  • Work with faculty/academic staff to produce educational and course-related materials for delivery in an online environment.
  • Provide support and assistance to instructors and course developers in designing effective online courses.
  • Train faculty in the following: Online Teaching Readiness, Online Education Standards, Best Practices for Teaching Online, Online Learning Communities, Online Pedagogy/Andragogy, Online Learning Activities, Rubrics, and Assessment.
  • Provide support and assistance to instructors and course developers in designing effective online courses.

5% Other Unit Responsibilities and Initiatives as Assigned

  • Manage several multi-year pilot projects simultaneously.
  • Responsible to design, develop, propose, and implement new initiatives relevant to process improvement, quality improvement, and other department-related initiatives.
  • Project management of ongoing projects, as assigned.
  • Be knowledgeable about formal and informal departmental goals, standards, values, policies and procedures.
  • Utilize systems to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Work collaboratively with OPDE Coordinator, Associate Director of Stout Online, Senior Instructional Designer (supervisor), and team members to meet online program strategic goals.
  • Formal or informal professional development related to position responsibilities.
  • Other departmental responsibilities and initiatives as assigned.


An innovative leader within the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Stout offers an unparalleled career-focused education that integrates applied learning, theory and research and real-world experiences to prepare our students for the future. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we’re proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.

UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.

We offer 47 undergraduate, 21 masters and 3 advanced programs and more than 30 certificate options in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 8,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin’s only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.

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University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:


The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:


To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by March 8th, 2023. Applications submitted thereafter may be reviewed until the position is filled.

To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter (*See below)
  2. Curriculum resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Emily Hines

Phone: 715-232-5487


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Hayley Clark

Phone: 715-232-2680


Job Family: Staff