Job Positions

Director of the First Year Experience

Categories: Mid South Region 3


University College


Winthrop University

Date Posted:

Oct 15 2021 9:32AM

Close Date:

Oct 31 2021

Position Description

The Director of the Office of First Year Experience in University College is charged with implementing effective practices supporting first-year student transition, success and retention. Works collaboratively with other members of the Academic Success Center, partners in University College, other academic colleges, Student Affairs, and other units across campus to ensure that new students have the tools to transition smoothly, actively participate in both academic and social life, and succeed academically. Directly oversees delivery of Winthrop’s required first-year seminar course (ACAD 101: Introduction to the Learning Academy), hiring and training of first-year peer mentors, the Learning Excellent Academic Practices (LEAP) Program, and stewardship of the Common Book Program.


Responsible for all aspects of Winthrop’s required first-year seminar course (ACAD 101: Introduction to the Academy), including the recruitment and training of all faculty and peer mentors and refinement of the course curriculum based on national research and best practices. Teaches at least one section of ACAD 101 each year. Manages all aspects of the Peer Mentor Program, including recruitment and selection of peer mentors, and teaches the peer mentor training class. Collaborates with campus partners on the development and execution of programs and activities that facilitate the successful recruitment, matriculation, transition and retention of first-year students. Provides oversight to the LEAP Program, Winthrop’s first-year program for provisionally admitted and academically vulnerable first-year students.

Application Process

Institution Information

Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is ranked 6th by U.S. News & World Report among Southern public universities and in the top 15 of public and private institutions in the region. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and values that will enrich your life and prepare you for all the future holds. Founded in 1886, Winthrop offers bachelor's and master's degrees through both on-campus and online programs. Our historic and scenic campus is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, just 20 minutes south of Charlotte. Our traditions of national caliber academics, championship athletics, and student-centered achievements create a campus community that is known for its diversity, excellence, and family atmosphere.

Additional Information

Broad-based knowledge of student development theory and current issues and trends in higher education, including retention strategies for diverse undergraduate student populations. Comprehensive understanding of holistic student development and the interconnection of academic and non-academic concerns affecting student success and retention. Knowledge of instructional strategies and support programs to promote learning and through understanding of program evaluation. Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously. Proven verbal and written communication skills. Strong analytical skills and excellent organizational and data/file management skills. Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information; effectively hire, train, and manage professional staff and student employees; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and administrators. Sufficient technical ability to master required software and perform job duties at a high level.

Contact Information

Dr. Tourgee Simpson


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree; at least two years of experience developing first-year and/or transition-to-college programs and services, including one year teaching first-year and/or foundation-level (100-200) college courses; at least one year of supervisory experience; and experience supporting first-generation college student success. Familiarity with student information systems (e.g., Banner) and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, counseling or related field; at least one year of project and/or program management experience; and experience managing peer mentor/tutoring programs.