Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Director of LA Program at Rutgers University

Rutgers University is hiring a director for their Learning Assistant Program. Their LA program is a few years old, thriving, growing and enjoys strong university support. They are looking for a Director who would like to run and expand the program, do research and publish about it. See the application website: for more details and to apply.

Job Description
Reports to the Executive Director. This position is responsible for coordination of STEM academic support, including STEM study groups, and all aspects of the Learning Assistant Program, including further development and implementation of program initiatives. Develops policies and procedures; recruits, hires, and trains learning assistants in collaboration with other Learning Center Directors; provides mentorship for learning assistants; and refines, coordinates, and participates in the pedagogy course and ongoing professional development. Acts as the liaison with academic departments participating in the learning assistant program, and works closely with faculty to refine and expand the program and design content specific training. Refines assessment and identifies best practices in pedagogy and use of learning assistants. Works with Executive Director and other directors to develop and implement new initiatives in STEM academic support. Works collaboratively with all of the Learning Center Directors and other instructional support staff to develop and enhance a cohesive program of academic support across the New Brunswick Campus. This position will be expected to be a campus leader in the scholarship of teaching, and to work with the University Director and the Associate Vice President to develop funding proposals and publications in support of these initiatives. The learning assistant program is a new program modeled after the successful UC-Boulder program; this program trains undergraduates to serve as recitation and study group leaders in large courses. In addition to classroom support, learning assistants take a three-credit pedagogy course, meet with faculty, and attend on-going leadership development training.

Job Requirements
Requires a master’s degree in STEM, STEM Education or related academic discipline, with a minimum of three years of experience in a related academic or academic support position. Doctorate in a STEM discipline highly desired. Requires knowledge of the literature on pedagogy and learning and knowledge of assessment techniques. Requires strong writing and organizational skills; understanding of instructional and academic support issues; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and computer and data analysis skills. Effective teaching experience is required. Experience in mentoring undergraduates is preferred.