This position is interdependent with [Job Posting 184408, LEO Adjunct Lecturer for the Comprehensive Studies Program] and will typically involve teaching one course during the academic fall term. You must apply to both job postings, and be qualified for both positions, in order to be considered as a candidate. (Please see Job Posting 184408, which describes the LEO Adjunct Lecturer position, for the specific application requirements for that position.)
To be considered as a candidate for this position, candidates should submit a single attachment (in PDF format) to this posting with the following materials:
Cover letter addressing your interest in this position and outlining skills and experience that directly relate to this role.
Current resume or CV.
Statement of teaching philosophy and experience.
Syllabus from a course you developed and taught and one student assignment from that course.
Names and contact information for three recommenders who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications for this position, including classroom performance. Letters are not required in this initial application stage.
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the U-M jobs website in order to be considered an applicant for this position.
Note: this is a three-year term-limited appointment. Appointment beyond this timeframe is contingent on program outcomes and status of program funding.
The Kessler Scholars Program, a cohort-based scholarship program operating within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Division of Undergraduate Education, seeks a dynamic and accomplished educator/administrator to serve as associate director.
The associate director will work in close partnership with the Kessler Scholars Program director to provide vision, strategic planning, and administrative oversight for the Kessler program in the College of LSA. The associate director will take a lead role in outreach and recruitment of incoming students, development of the first-year seminar curriculum, tracking and reporting on program outcomes, and coordination of scholarship awarding with the leadership of the LSA Scholarships office. The associate director will work closely with other campus program leaders and with current Kessler Scholars staff to expand innovative programming and unique cross-campus partnerships to support first-generation students in the Kessler Scholars Program throughout their undergraduate experience. This is a new position, so the selected individual also will have the opportunity to shape the role over time, in collaboration with the program director.
This is a 12-month, full-time staff position that is interdependent with a part-time adjunct lecturer instructional position during the academic year. The effort associated with this staff position will decrease to allow for instructional effort in the lecturer appointment for a one-credit course taught in the fall term, a student-success seminar offered through the Comprehensive Studies Program.
About the Kessler Scholars Program
The mission of the Kessler Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, College of LSA, is to help low-income, first-generation undergraduate students thrive as part of a connected, cohort-based community on campus. The Kessler Scholars Program combines substantial scholarship awards with academic, professional, and personal support to help students navigate the University of Michigan with a clear sense of belonging and purpose across all four years of their undergraduate experience.
Students in the Kessler Scholars Program receive financial support through the Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholarship Fund, established in 2006 and made possible by a gift to the College from Judy and Fred Wilpon. Their gift created LSA’s largest scholarship cohort, with 40 entering students each academic year. Beginning in 2020, the Kessler Scholars Program in the College of LSA is helping to lead the national Kessler Scholars Collaborative, connecting cohort-based programs supporting low-income and first-generation students at five other institutions.
The associate director will work collaboratively with the current Kessler Scholars director and staff to provide distinctive support for students across their undergraduate journey and to refine the cohort model for student scholarship support. Key areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
Program Leadership (35%)
Collaborate with the Kessler Scholars director on long-range strategic planning and lead day-to-day oversight of the Kessler program.
With LSA Scholarships, and in coordination with LSA Marketing and Communications, manage the recruiting, selection, and award notification of prospective Kessler Scholars.
Represent the Kessler Scholars within the University and with external stakeholders, including program donors.
Develop and promote cross-campus partnerships for programming and student supports.
Oversee administrative operations of the program in the director’s absence.
Curriculum and Programming Coordination (35%)
Take primary responsibility for first-year success seminar for incoming Kessler Scholars cohort, working in collaboration with the Comprehensive Studies Program.
With current program team, develop and coordinate enrichment programs and activities to support Kessler Scholars student in their academic, professional, and personal pursuits.
Provide one-on-one mentorship and guidance to Kessler Scholars about matters related to academics, professional or graduate school preparation, or other personal concerns.
Interact with Kessler Scholars to promote positive personal identities, social connections, and leadership on campus and in the community.
Administrative Leadership (30%)
Develop and produce annual program reporting for internal and external audiences.
Support development and maintenance of qualitative and quantitative evaluation tools for program services for continuous program improvement and policy development.
In collaboration with the program director, establish the Kessler Scholars as a platform for scholarship cohort program management that can serve as the model for other scholarship groups in the college and university.
Manage Kessler Scholars alumni outreach, engagement, and tracking systems.
Advanced degree in relevant field (MA, MEd)
Minimum of three years experience in academic or student program administration
Minimum of one year (two semesters) experience as instructor-of-record
Demonstrated progressive administrative responsibility, including record of successful leadership of student or staff teams
Experience working with culturally diverse groups, as well as a demonstrated interest in student retention and academic success
Proven record of creating and implementing interactive, innovative student engagement activities
Experience working with and participating in programs addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion
Direct experience producing program reports and presentations (print/digital)
Experience developing and using assessment and tracking tools for program assessment and outcomes evaluation
Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication
Strong organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail in work product
Record of top-level performance working in a team environment
Experience creating, leading, or managing student programming, instruction, or research directly related to first-generation college students.
Understanding of federal and institutional student financial aid procedures and knowledge of financial aid and scholarship award procedures.
Research experience including direct experience with IRB-approved analysis, program assessment, and/or program evaluation.
Familiarity with UM-LSA curricula, programs, policies, campus resources, contacts, and offices that provide assistance and support services for undergraduate students.
Working knowledge of the university organizational policies, rules, regulations, procurement and purchase.
Familiarity with higher education philanthropy including donor relations and stewardship.
This position requires evening and weekend availability and occasional overnight travel.
Review of applications will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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