Academic/Faculty, Education, Other - Academic/Faculty
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
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.
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.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About St. George's University
About University Support Services: University Support Services LLC is a Delaware limited liability company located in New York providing services under contract to St. George’s University Limited, a Grenada corporation and the owner and operator of St. George’s University, which includes the St. George’s University School of Medicine and the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine.
About St. George’s University: St. George’s University is a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the Caribbean island of Grenada, in the West Indies. With more than 17,000 graduates across the world, the University offers medical and veterinary medical degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees.