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The College of Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a STARS Mathematics Study Skills Instructor.
The Mathematics Study Skills Instructor (a 12-month, 100% FTE appointment) is a key member of the STARS and Diversity and Access teams. The incumbent primarily designs and delivers academic support activities for mathematics that includes math skills courses, supplemental workshops, tutoring, group study sessions and/or working with students individually. STARS is a specialized, wraparound support program for students with the goal of increasing the number of students from economically- and educationally-disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from the UW with engineering degrees. This includes assisting students in identifying and addressing obstacles to their successful completion of engineering pre-requisites. Students are supported through an intensive, high-expectation, high-touch, high-quality model in the first through third years; support is in alignment with students' increasing independence and self-confidence in years 2-3.
This position will have a direct impact on improving the academic skills, abilities, and confidence of students entering college from low-income and first-generation communities, thereby increasing the number of these students pursuing and completing an engineering degree. In part, goals are achieved via modeling and promoting amongst students excellence, high quality, strong work ethic, open mindset and in general a "can-do" attitude. Incumbent must espouse to the belief that all students can succeed.
Position Complexities: This professional staff position is supported by two graduate teaching assistants and several undergraduate tutors. This position works closely with the program's Director to design programs and workshops based on current knowledge of student growth and development, ensure these programs and workshops align with current learning theory and best practices, and help students set and meet study skills goals through effectively utilizing success strategies.
Position Dimensions and Impact to the University: STARS is a highly visible program at UW and was profiled in the Provost's report series and the CoE, Trends & Issues in Higher Education. The number of underrepresented minority students admitted to Engineering departments has increased by 93.5% (139 from 269), since 2012-13, when the STARS grant was written. (During this same time period, enrollment in the College grew by just 30.5%.) STARS is also visible externally and has been supported by over $3M from the National Science Foundation and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS).
Duties & Responsibilities:
Teaching and Advising (65%)
Ongoing design, implementation, assessment, and improvement of specialty courses and supplemental workshops
Teach specialty courses and facilitate workshops for STARS program; one course is the equivalent of two regular workshops and/or tutorials.
Hold regular office hours for individual and group assistance (some hours may be held in evenings outside of daytime hours).
Design, create, plan, and implement math-til-you-drop (MTUD) sessions for STARS students. MTUDs are held on Saturdays, typically from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., three times per quarter; attendance is required.
Set clear standards for students in all courses and workshops so students can easily track their progress.
Actively facilitate and encourage group study; dynamically teaching students strategies for effective group study.
Advise students outside of courses and workshops about mastering academic success and improving study skills identify problems with learning and testing, develop effective group and individual solution strategies, and refer to STARS counselors and director as needed.
Assist students in effectively making clear connections between the math problem-solving process and the problem-solving process in general as well as in other disciplines.
Establish and maintain ongoing regular communication with STARS Director, Academic Counselor(s) and other STARS instructors about student progress, grades, and attitude.
Monitor, adjust, and effectively respond to regularly changing student needs and learning styles, with a genuine concern to strategize to help each and every student succeed.
Full responsibilities to plan, organize, set standards, and monitor summer (pre-college) homework for STARS.
Part of summer responsibilities includes working with and/or tutoring students (individual and group) taking math during the summer quarter.
Strongly encourage and mentor students towards pursuing research opportunities.
Attend regularly scheduled staff, instructor and/or TA meetings.
Facilitate math-til-you-drop sessions (MTUD) and be present for the full day for all MTUDs.
Work closely with assisting in the accurate and timely scheduling of all STARS-related courses and workshops (meeting bi-weekly with STARS Advisors and EAC Assistant Director to setup and coordinate quarterly schedules for STARS courses and workshops).
Actively assist in recruiting and encouraging students to enroll in academic workshops (may include planning meet and greet sessions with students in offices and locations across campus (EX: OMAD and LSAMP).
Responsibility for STARS math tutoring (includes designing, creating, coordinating, implementing and scheduling tutoring sessions for STARS students); supervising tutors; arranging for and/or designing and creating tutor training.
Must be willing to comply with other duties as assigned in support of the academic and curriculum components of the STARS program (this is a new position and thus some degree of growth and change in responsibilities can be expected).
Student Supervision and Mentorship (10%)
Assess Graduate Teaching Assistant and grading needs and hire, train, supervise and mentor 2 to 4 graduate teaching assistants, as well as undergraduate student tutors as needed.
Bachelor's Degree in engineering, mathematics, or related field and 2-3 years of experience with a demonstrated passion about mathematics and the ability to connect theory and practice effectively and with ease:
Passion for teaching undergraduates (particularly freshmen and sophomores) and passion for encouraging students towards excellence, hard work, perseverance and pushing themselves beyond where they think they can go.
Knowledge of effectively utilizing a variety of instructional and tutoring strategies in order to accommodate various student learning styles and often disparate pre-college academic preparation.
Ability to draw on a range of methods to assess both formatively and summatively, including utilizing reflection and self-assessment to develop and cultivate conceptual knowledge and comprehension.
Teaching philosophy that focuses on always challenging students to arrive at answers by reasoning rather than memorization (insisting students explain the why and how and explore alternative methods).
Passion for creating and maintaining a student-centered, unquestionably inclusive learning environment.
Demonstrated strong belief in the idea that all students can learn and succeed and a passion for assisting students in overcoming individual obstacles to learning.
Demonstrated ability to consistently establish and implement a highly effective classroom management plan.
Highly flexible in attitude and schedule to accommodate constantly changing space availability, course, workshop and program needs.
A collaborative style and ability to work with a dynamic team in a fast-paced, growing and frequently changing environment.
Openness to ongoing professional growth and development, including a consistent focus on best practices for motivating students to learn with a particular focus on students from underserved backgrounds.
Conscientious in understanding that students learn in relation to the expectations set for them (STARS is a high expectations environment); ability to set and maintain standards and expectations and hold students accountable for academic excellence.
Demonstrated ability to create an active learning environment that is both challenging and supportive; including paying particular attention to strongly encouraging group study and teaching students how best to work in groups.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds, including young adults and their associated communities in an engineering academic environment.
Position requires evening and weekend hours.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Familiarity with administrative policies and procedures in a university environment, or specifically the University of Washington.
Familiarity or experience with UW College of Engineering Diversity & Access programs.
Proven creative, enthusiastic self-starter who has the ability to respond effectively to changing needs and will take full ownership of all assigned tasks in support of program goals.
Knowledge of STEM higher education and different fields in engineering.
Knowledge of college student development theory and practice.
Familiarity with and understanding of Angela Duckworth's research on grit and how to utilize this to motivate and assist students in working harder and persevering.
Demonstrated ability to mentor and train graduate teaching assistants (TAs) and undergraduate tutors. Provide direction, feedback, and instruction.
Demonstrated ease with navigating between teaching mathematics and physics is a strong plus. Ability to design and implement an online physics and/or math summer review workshop for STARS students.
Three to five years' experience strongly preferred.
Master's degree in engineering, mathematics, or related field.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Working environment conditions:
Must be aware of general professional work schedule and environment, but must be flexible to work some extended work days and weekends in order to fulfill responsibilities.
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