The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
In Fall 2021, Columbia Mailman launched an academic support pilot program for first-year MPH students focusing on quantitative reasoning skills and writing skills. Mastery of these skill sets are not only needed for many advanced MPH courses but are also essential skills for public health professionals.
While the MPH Core has a robust TA program, TAs cannot provide one-on-one traditional tutoring services as they are responsible for anywhere from 25-50 students. This program made individual assistance available to students who met certain criteria.
As a result of a successful pilot academic year, the program continued during the 2022-2023 academic year and is expanding for 2023-2024.
The Writing Academic Support Specialist will be hired as a short-term casual employee and work primarily with students who are identified (by staff and faculty) as being in need of additional writing support. Writing Academic Support Specialists help guide students through mechanical and organizational best practices to improve the effectiveness of their written communication.
The Specialists will be supervised by a staff member in the Office of Student Affairs.
Works 1 on 1 with students, providing ongoing writing support. 50%
Reports engagement and interaction of students served via additional academic support to OSA. 20%
Participate in all pedagogical-related trainings in identified to support student sessions. 10%
Works with OSA to both facilitate and service students in need of support/review sessions, as a results of being identified as ???at risk??? academically. 10%
Meeting with writing stakeholders, as well as OE staff to roll-out tutoring mechanisms for students in need of writing support. 5%
Applicant must hold a bachelor???s degree and at least one year of education in pursuit of an MPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD
Applicant must be a strong writer (a writing sample will be requested) and be comfortable discussing writing
Respect for and interest in others??? academic development
Strong listening and communication skills and ability to take on the role of collaborator
Specialists should be willing to meet during the day, evening, and limited weekend hours, depending on when assigned students are available, as well as actively participate in professional development activities
Currently in good academic AND disciplinary standing with the university (please see the ???Requirements for Academic and Disciplinary Standing??? section for details)
Previous experience working in tutoring centers or editing writing, especially with new English learners
Disciplinary Standing??? section for details)
Requirements for Academic and Disciplinary Standing
In order to be considered for employment and leadership roles, students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university. If students are not in good standing at any point throughout their appointment, they will not be eligible (or will lose eligibility) for the role.
Important Training Note:Specialists MUST participate in online training modules conducted over the summer months. Failure to comply will result in a relinquishing of the position.
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