This faculty position, at the level of Instructor, serves as a member of the Learning Strategist team. In this position your role is to advise students on their approach to learning in the Health Professions. The position is targeted to commence mid-February 2020. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position is a 10-month annually renewable appointment, paid over 12 months. The schedule is determined in collaboration with the Director of the Learning Strategist Unit. The Learning Strategist becomes an integral member of the Department of Educational Services (DES) and is expected to contribute proactively to the departmental mission.
The Learning Strategist responsibilities include the following:
• Meet individually with students for general, enhanced, and remediation academic support
• Document student meetings, progress and plans into the student support database (Insight)
• Collaboratively create individualized learning and action plans with students to support the development of their academic goals and school/life balance
• Monitor student progress and use of services, follow-up and report to key stakeholders as needed
• Proactively and responsively identify needs and develop resources and initiatives to enhance student performance
• Design and develop individual and group academic support services (programs, presentations, workshops, handouts, online resources) for students, assisting them in identifying problems with their study approach and helping them develop more efficient and effective strategies and to improve their exam performance
• Give presentations and facilitate workshops for audiences ranging in size from 3 to 800
• Collaborate with colleagues, leadership administration, content faculty and faculty in other support service units in developing and implementing programming
• Be up to date on relevant research pertaining to supporting students and adult learning theory
• Be informed of and skilled in research and techniques relating to improving time management; approaches to learning; memorizing; building long-term memory; integration of content; test preparation; multiple-choice test-taking for university and national standardized exams, such as the USMLE; learning styles assessments and applications, information processing and selecting the main idea
• Work on special projects and tasks, including possibly teaching, as requested by the Director of the Learning Strategies Unit and/or by the Chair of DES
• Participate in the Learning Strategist's Individual Growth and Development Program (IDGP)
• Participate in professional development activities that contribute to professional learning
• Work collaboratively with others in the DES team on departmental initiatives
• Be willing and able to work evenings and weekends periodically
Minimum Qualifications: A relevant Masters (with preferred emphasis on education or educational psychology) and experience directly related to the enhancement of student learning skills. The candidate will have demonstrated skills of working collaboratively in a team environment and have a strong science background.
St. George's University
Ideal Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• 3-5 years of experience in student support services or higher education
• Strong science background, particularly in neuroscience, biochemistry, physiology
• Strong commitment to student development
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong computer skills and the ability to quickly learn new technology
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Familiarity with standardized test preparation and programs
• Familiarity with adult learning theory and practice
• Self-regulated with ability to take initiative, manage multiple ongoing tasks and projects, and reflectively make adjustments
• Strong work ethic, able to work collaboratively with a team and work independently
• Work with faculty, staff, and students in a congenial and professional manner and maintain confidentiality
• Cognizant of his/her/their role in projecting a positive image of SGU and DES
• Committed to ongoing professional development as an individual and with the learning strategies team
• Experience as an academic counselor, coach or mentor
• Experience working well in contexts with a great deal of diversity
• Experience living or working abroad Special Instructions to Applicants:
• This position is located outside of the US, in the Caribbean island of Grenada
• To ensure full consideration, complete application materials, including CV and Cover Letter, should be submitted to be considered.
• Salary is competitive and paid in US dollars.
• Review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled.
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