Instructional Designer — CPS

Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures. 

Job Title: Instructional Designer

Department: College of Professional Studies 

Reports To: Associate Dean of Online Learning (when that position is not filled, Dean of Professional Studies). 

FLSA Status: Exempt

Time Requirements: Full-time 

Summary Description: 

The Instructional Designer works to enhance Carson-Newman’s educational experience as part of the College of Professional Studies. Whether a course is 1% or 100% online, the individual supports the planning, designing, and developing of effective learning experiences. This position actively collaborates with individual faculty, programs, and departments to support their online and innovative learning needs. The Instructional Designer is an integral online learning team member within the College of Professional Studies who is engaged in learning design, learning multimedia, learning technology, and support for a growing portfolio of innovative programs. The individual in this position brings to it (or demonstrates the potential to learn) knowledge of pedagogical theory and best practices that empower the effective use of technology in learning. 

Functional Description: 

  • Communicate and collaborate with faculty in planning programs and courses, selecting appropriate educational technology, and course delivery strategies. 
  • Apply instructional design theories, practices, and methods. 
  • Create engaging and effective learning activities and compelling course content in collaboration with subject matter experts. 
  • Analyze and apply trends in learning technologies and instructional design. 
  • Plan faculty development and support faculty in effectively utilizing technology in teaching. 
  • Prepare training and support resources as needed for various instructional technology tools. 
  • Coordinate with academic departments in supporting program design, development, and effectiveness. 
  • Complete learning design and development projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: No. 

Education: Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree in education, communication, instructional design, business, marketing, or relevant field preferred). 



  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with others to accomplish goals. 
  • Ability to organize and pay attention to details. 


  • Demonstrated experience in building online or hybrid courses. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in education (Preferably higher education). 
  • Teaching experience, online, hybrid, or face-to-face. 
  • Ability to train one-on-one and in a group setting. 
  • Advanced experience or skill in any of these desired specialties is a plus:
    • Learning Design – Advanced knowledge of developing fully online programs, courses, and equipping faculty; experience leading instructional design teams; advanced knowledge of hybrid teaching and learning; advanced experience in faculty development/training; project management. 
    • Learning Media – Advanced post-production or graphic design or other advanced media skills. 
    • Learning Innovation: Learning analytics or research in teaching and learning with technology; experience with innovation (in either education, business, communication, or other settings). 
    • Learning Technology & Support: Advanced instructional technology use and/or support; information technology management; emerging technologies, project management, advanced LMS administration experience, or user support. 

Required Skills: Excellent computer and technology skills (strong skills with LMS and other instructional technology preferred). 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  • Use the computer for periods of time 
  • Sit at a desk for periods of time. 

General Information: This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations, including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation. 

Only complete application packets will be considered. A complete application packet will include a letter of interest, three professional references, a statement of Christian faith, ad current vitae. If you have any questions, please email

Human Resources, 

Attn: Faculty Recruiting 

Carson-Newman University 

Jefferson City, TN 37760