The Senior Education Specialist reports directly to the Associate Dean, Student Services and works as part of the Student Counseling and Academic Support Center team in Student Services, with the primary responsibility of supporting the Office of Student Services by providing extra instruction and tutoring to Midwestern University students, with a priority to Basic Science courses. The incumbent in this position may be required to work evening or weekend hours.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Education Specialist’s duties are primarily to:
- Coordinate with the Student Services Learning Specialist as part of the Student Counseling and Academic Support Center team to best assist students academically
- As part of the Student Counseling and Academic Support Center team, coordinate with Departmental Chairs, Course Directors, Colleges/Programs to monitor student academic performance to identify students in academic difficulty and to discuss curricular areas where students often struggle
- Meet weekly with Basic Science faculty/Course Directors (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology/Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology) to review and discuss course content/difficult content areas
- Attend classes synchronously or asynchronously as necessary
- Provide content-based group review sessions and/or workshops for students prior to exams
- Provide one-on-one tutoring when possible, for select students that have been approved for individual tutoring by the Academic Deans, Program Directors and/or Course Directors
- Provide weekly office hours for students
- Serve on appropriate College/Departmental committees/meetings as requested
- Other Student Services duties as assigned by the Dean or Associate Dean, Student Services
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Strong interpersonal skills are required and the successful candidate must consistently demonstrate the willingness and patience to work with students who are challenged by, and may be struggling to perform academically in, a graduate healthcare professions environment.
Education and/or Experience
Minimum of a Master’s degree in anatomy/embryology, biochemistry, microbiology/immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and/or physiology, or other related biological sciences fields is required. 3-5 years of teaching at the college or junior college level is required.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities
Outstanding oral communication and excellent writing skills
Proficient computer usage skills. Proficiency with MS Office (Work, Excel, Outlook). Ability to meet with students through online platforms, such as WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.
Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Intermediate skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.
Qualifications Education Required
Masters or better in Microbiology or related field.
3-5 years of teaching at the college or junior college level is required.