Summary of Position: The Nature of Life program consists of three sequential experiences: the Nature of Life Summer Experience ([email protected] and [email protected] Creek), BIOL 1805/1806 (NOL - Year One) and BIOL 2905/2906 (NOL - Year Two) required for all first year and sophomore students in CBS. Each program element is designed to help College of Biological Sciences undergraduate students build community, create connections and develop the skills, self-awareness and habits of mind that research shows contribute to success in college and beyond. Founded in 2003, the Nature of Life series is a signature component of a CBS undergraduate education.
A program with college-wide impact, Nature of Life is housed in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. BTL was created in July 2014 as a partnership between the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development in an effort to build on the University of Minnesota’s national reputation in biology teaching and educational research. The mission of BTL is to discover, apply and share research-based strategies that transform biology education.
This position provides administrative and instructional assistance for summer session ([email protected]) programming as well as courses in the 4-semester Nature of Life course sequence - BIOL 1805/1806 and BIOL 2905/2906 - and associated Nature of Life initiatives within the department of Biology Teaching and Learning. The Nature of Life courses are required for all first and second year students in CBS and are focused on supporting student transition, success, personal and career development correlated with undergraduate education and STEM retention initiatives. There are approximately 1300 first and second year students in CBS.
40% BIOL 1805 and BIOL 1806 Instructional Support and Course Coordination -Assist the NOL team in developing and refining course curriculum and program content as well as course materials including contributing to Canvas course sites. -Assist the NOL team with course management, assessment, logistical and IT support processes and needs to deliver and maintain program, course and student success throughout the year, semester and week by week. -Assist the NOL team with management of the student guild leader team including supporting design and delivery of weekly leadership and job role training for 72 BIOL 1805/1806 Sophomore Guild Leaders and 8 Junior Guild Leaders, essentially acting as teaching assistants, to ensure accurate and consistent class management, grading practices and leadership development. -Help provide support to 8 Guild Captains (CBS Academic Advisors, faculty or staff members) on a pre- and post- semester need as well as before and during weekly Fall Guild meetings as required; lead Guild meetings on a substitute basis as necessary.
30% BIOL 2905 and BIOL 2906 Instructional Support and Course Coordination -Assist the NOL team in developing and refining course curriculum and program content as well as course materials including contributing to Canvas course sites. -Assist the NOL team with course management, assessment, logistical and IT support processes and needs to deliver and maintain program, course and student success throughout the year, semester and week by week. -Assist the NOL Program Assistant with instructional support, training and social support for 21 undergraduate BIOL 2905/2906 Graders, acting as teaching assistants, to ensure accurate and consistent grading practices and strong program support.
20% Nature of [email protected] Instructional Support and Program Assistance -Assist the NOL team with creation, delivery and support of the annual summer academic orientation program for incoming first year students, largely based from the Itasca State Park in northwest Minnesota, during the end of June and month of July. This would involve residing at the state park for some periods of this time including weekends. -Assist the NOL team in developing and refining program curriculum and content as well as course materials including contributing to the Canvas course site. -Assisting with recruitment processes for contributing CBS faculty members. Provide logistical and IT support with student registration and program details. -Assist the NOL team with onsite management of a peer mentor team including supporting design and delivery of leadership and job training for approximately 20 students, acting as program assistants and student leaders, to support student engagement and learning.
10% NOL Program Administrative and Logistical Support or Associated Initiatives -Assist the NOL team in delivery of programmatic, logistical and IT support needs to maintain and enhance on-going program success; this may include contribution of ideas, reflective work, review or research as well as independent and team working. -Work with the NOL team to determine and assist emerging NOL, BTL or CBS initiatives to effectively continue and enhance the reach and impact of Nature of Life programs.
Essential Qualifications: - B.S. degree with 3 or more years of related professional job experience - This job is located in Minneapolis St Paul. Although some options for flexible working may be available, the job will require in-person needs and can not be performed from outside our university locale.
Preferred Qualifications: - B.S. degree in STEM discipline, preferably biology related - Experience in an academic environment, student learning, mentoring, facilitating and/or teaching. Understanding of factors which influence or impact student success. - Administrative management experience including use of Google platforms, spreadsheet use or manipulation and past experience of managing a student learning platform such as Canvas to support delivery of instruction. - Experience or knowledge of undergraduate student experiences in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota including the Nature of Life program. - Organizational, attention to detail, problem solving, independent working and collaborative skills. - Positive, proactive attitude, good communication and team-oriented work style.
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