The Director of the First-Year Seminar Program in University Studies develops and administers all course components of the US101 and US121 academic courses, which serve as University Seminar Core courses for students in all majors at Montana State University, and serves as a representative to campus programs and committees related to first-year student programs. In addition, the individual serves as an academic advisor for University Studies (undeclared) students and a general academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center, which serves over 6,000 incoming, continuing, former and non-degree undergraduate students each year.
- Design, develop and deliver the curriculum for the US101US & US121US Seminars, and the US460 Peer Leadership course
- Evaluate and assess student learning outcomes and programming for all US courses
- Hire, train, mentor and manage seminar personnel, both instructional and administrative
- Teach the US460 course in peer mentoring and instruction
- Teach one section of US101 each academic year
- Represent the University Studies seminars across campus, to prospective students and to other universities and organizations
- Serve on seminar, convocation, and other campus committees to represent the interest of first-year students
- Collaborate with other departments to establish and maintain effective programming for first-year students
- Collect, analyze, and report data for seminar evaluation
- Manage seminar budget
- Coordinate with University Studies administrative staff
- Assist faculty and students in arbitrating student conduct matters
- Attend and present at professional conferences
- Provide academic advising to both University Studies and other students through the Academic Advising Center
Master’s degree in relevant area
University teaching experience
Professional experience working with first-year students
Teaching experience in a first-year seminar program
Experience in curriculum development and assessment
Experience in academic program administration and personnel supervision
Experience in academic advising, particularly advising undeclared students
Familiarity with MSU policies, procedures , resources and curriculum
The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the developmental and academic needs and issues faced by first-year students, as well as experience in working to facilitate the success of incoming students. In addition, this individual will possess excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communications skills; and have outstanding organizational and record-keeping skills. A priority is to develop and establish excellent working relationships to mentor and support course instructors, peer leaders, and students, as well as forge strong, positive interactions with departmental and other campus colleagues to enhance the mission of the program and university.
In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Screening of applications will begin on September 10, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
To apply, submit the following :
- (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
- (2) a current resume or vitae, and
- (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.
An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.
Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-016" in the subject line of the email.
- Submit materials to:
- Shannon Patterson, Administrative Support
- RE: Seminar Director/Academic Advisor Search Position
- University Studies
- Montana State University
- PO Box 173000
- Bozeman MT 59717-3000
In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note : Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.
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