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The Division of Student Affairs supports the academic mission by educating students as whole persons, promoting their intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social formation; enhancing students' learning and helping to prepare them for lives of discernment, civic engagement, and professional growth; teaching personal responsibility and respect for people of all faiths, cultures, and beliefs; promoting the health and safety of students and others in the University community.
The Jesuit value of cura personalis - care of the whole person - represents the mission of Georgetown University. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) embodies this value by guiding students in their intellectual, emotional and social development and provides students with academic strategies and individualized support needed for academic success and inclusion within the Georgetown community.
The Learning Skills Specialist possesses the skills and experience of a master teacher, someone who oversees and implements academic support services and serves as an expert in the area of study skills. The incumbent works with undergraduate, graduate and medical students who are seeking assistance in strengthening their academic skills. The Specialist is responsible for creating, teaching and scheduling study skills workshops and/or webinars, supervising the tutoring program, and determining appropriate strategies for students through individual consultations. Also, the incumbent works in collaboration with the Director and Associate Director in assisting students with disabilities who might require specialized assistance in handling their academic work. The incumbent reports to the Associate Director of the Academic Resource Center and assists the Associate Director in handling assigned tasks and projects. The incumbent can be instrumental in aiding students in their academic development, especially for first-generation students, students with disabilities, and transfer students. The incumbent works with a host of stakeholders: academic advisors, faculty, and students. For example, the incumbent schedules individual appointments with students to help create an individualized education plan in order for them to be successful in their academic studies.
Responsibilities of the Learning Skills Specialist include but are not limited to:
To determine and recommend study techniques that strengthen and enhance student learning.
To collaborate with the Director and Associate Director in determining on-going support for students with disabilities who require academic assistance.
To collaborate with the Associate Director of Student Athlete Services to provide specialized academic assistance to student-athletes.
To write learning outcomes and reports that summarize and analyze data.
To interview and train tutors.
To advertise tutoring services.
To meet with tutees, assess their needs and match them with tutors.
To communicate regularly during the semester with professors, tutors and tutees to support successful tutoring services.
To collaborate with student-athlete advisors and provide assistance in tutor training.
To assess the impact of the tutoring program upon student learning by gathering feedback via questionnaires, writing learning outcomes and creating reports.
Study Skills Workshops/Webinars
To teach study skills workshops at the request of academic deans, faculty or other University departments.
To collaborate with the Disability/Learning Skills Advisor in creating, hosting and archiving study skills webinars that cover a scope of topics that can be aimed to undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult learners.
To teach workshops for specific programs, i.e. NHS Colloquium. First-Year Biology, etc.
To work with the Community Scholars advisor and Athletic advisors in offering workshops aimed for their student populations
To assess the impact of the study skills workshops and/or webinars upon student learning by gathering feedback via questionnaires, writing learning outcomes, and creating reports.
To assemble reports summarizing and analyzing data.
To participate in Academic Resource Center activities (i.e. department meetings) and Student Affairs events.
To administer the Nelson Denny Reading Test to Community Scholars and other student populations, if requested.
To administer the LASSI, upon request to students, and interpret the results as a means for students to strengthen their learning.
To provide coverage for the Coordinator of Administrative Services when necessary.
To assist with final exam proctoring.
To coordinate with the Coordinator of Administrative Services the maintenance of the Academic Resource Center (i.e. academic support services) website.
To undertake tasks/projects assigned by the Associate Director of the Academic Resource Center.
Other duties as assigned.
Requirements and Qualifications Master's degree is required in one of the following areas: secondary education, special education, educational psychology. The individual should possess a minimum of 5-7 years of teaching experience that includes working with culturally and academically diverse populations of students. This individual should be able to counsel students and to direct students to appropriate University services. Other skills:
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment
Experience with adult learners
Prescribe and practice ethical behavior
Maintain student confidentiality
Appreciation of Jesuit culture and values
Uphold professional standards
Available to work evenings and occasional weekends
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