Assistant Professor for Academic Support

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Assistant Professor for Academic Support
Department Learning Resources - 31120
Pay Grade
Job Category College of Medicine Faculty
Job Summary

The Quillen College of Medicine seeks to add a position for a full-time faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Learning Resources to serve as Academic Support Counselor. This is a Non-Tenure, Non-Convertible position. This faculty member will report directly to the Associate Dean for Learning Resources and will work closely with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the Quillen College of Medicine to provide instruction to faculty and students related to test-taking skills and test preparation. This faculty member will also provide academic counseling related to the development of effective learning skills, study strategies, assessment of learning styles, time management, and test preparation on an individual and group basis. This faculty member will also assist students to identify and deal with potential learning disabilities and will be responsible for monitoring changes in student academic performance to evaluate program effectiveness.

Essential Functions:
• Providing instruction to faculty and students related to test-taking skills and test preparation.
• Working with other faculty members to make them better advisors to students in their courses.
• Teaching faculty and staff keys to recognize students who are at risk academically before they have a record of failure.
• Teaching faculty and staff warning signs to recognize students who are demonstration signs of stress, so that assistance can be provided in a timely manner.
• Instructing students preparing for licensure examinations using best practices.
• Teaching students how to generate study plans that increase academic success.
• Instructing faculty in evidence based methods of instruction to maximize student learning.
• Developing individualized strategies for more effective learning, enhancement of test-taking skills and remediation strategies.
• Identifying, evaluating and counseling academically at-risk students.
• Conducting individual or group tutoring sessions, workshops and review courses to assist students with processing course content.
• Working with individual students to diagnose barriers that hinder academic performance and teaching the students how to overcome those barriers.
• Administering learning diagnostic instruments assessing individual student’s needs and teaching students how to interpret the assessments and make necessary adjustments in study habits and plans.
• Connecting students to relevant campus resources.
• Working with individual course directors in the Quillen College of Medicine to learn course content and structure in order to provide optimum academic support to students.
• Collaborating with the faculty and staff of the Department of Learning Resources on programs and services that support student learning and success
• Providing appropriate consultation and instruction to help students who are diagnosed with a learning disability.
• Supervising and coordinating the College of Medicine peer tutoring programs.
• Serving as a resource to the faculty of the College of Medicine, the Student Promotions Committee, Medical Student Education Committee, and the Committee Supporting Student Health.
• Documenting each session with students and preparing comprehensive reports, as needed, for submission to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Office Disability Services, SACS, LCME and the National Board of Medical Examiners (in cases of examination accommodations) on behalf of the student.
• As appropriate, conducting research to track the success of the Academic Support program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Evidence of awareness of educational demands at the professional level and/or experience providing academic and/or counselling support to professional level students.
• Knowledge and experience with factors interfering with standard academic performance, e. g. social, emotional, cultural, cognitive deficiencies, allowing for differential diagnosis of various learning difficulties.
• Ability to identify students who need referral to a counselor, psychiatrist or other health care professional.
• Knowledge and ability to recognize students with learning differences and/or possible learning disabilities, to be able to make appropriate referrals for psycho-educational or neuropsychological evaluation when necessary.
• Knowledge and ability to provide counseling regarding learning and study strategies, time management, test taking strategies and compensatory strategies for at-risk students and students with learning disabilities, and awareness that learning strategies may have to change with different course offerings and curriculum responsibilities.
• Knowledge and sensitivity to critical and subtle issues which can potentially impact academic performance by students from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to recognize and respond to student needs with appropriate program design and implementation.
• Ability to organize and coordinate licensure review courses and subject area review courses.
• Ability to organize and teach study groups and workshops to help students understand differing learning styles and strategies to help them become more effective learners and test takers.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with individuals at various academic levels, such that s/he can work effectively with students, tutors, professional staff, faculty, course directors, administrative personnel and vendors.
• Ability to establish and meet short term, mid-range and long range goals and objectives with minimal direction.
• Ability to monitor and track the success of the program.
• Excellent oral communication, public speaking and written communication skills.
• Ability to effectively supervise student tutors.
• Ability to work irregular schedules which may include some evenings and weekend days.
• Willingness to attend meetings and workshops to insure awareness of current trends in support of educational excellence.
• The candidate should be detail-oriented and possess excellent time management skills.

Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) with a focus or strong background in education at the professional level

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working with medical students, or other professional students.
• Experience in learning and remediation strategies.
• Experience in working with tutoring programs.
• Experience with standardized tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT, NBME Subject examinations, USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examinations).

Salary negotiable up to $75,000

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00078P
Is this position subject to a criminal background check? No
Is any part of the funding for this posting coming from a grant or outside funding source? No
Open Date 09/26/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Teaching Philosophy