The Department of Physics at UCSB seeks two 35% time Academic Coordinators I to assist with the development and implementation of our new Learning Assistant Program for undergraduates.
The objective of the Learning Assistant Program is to bring the interactive and collaborative environment typical of a small-enrollment class into the large-enrollment upper-level courses. Undergraduate students who have already performed well in a course are trained to actively help the next class of students to succeed, while receiving course credit for their training. Creating active-learning based small group discussions within a large course has been demonstrated to substantially improve the quality of physics education, increase student understanding of and satisfaction with the coursework, and increase the level of understanding and training skills of the Learning Assistants.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Learning Assistant Program Coordinators will be responsible for assisting the Faculty Program Coordinator with further development and implementation of the program. Specific assignments include:
- Participate in the development of course objectives and teaching protocol for the Learning Assistant (LA) training program.
- Under the direction of the Faculty Program Coordinator, communicate and collaborate with coordinators of LA programs at other institutions to evaluate existing successful methodologies.
- Actively participate in the training of Physics LAs.
- Recruit LAs by promoting the program through social media, information sessions, and personal engagement efforts.
- Develop informational resources for LAs, students, and faculty including a dedicated webpage and printed materials.
- Participate in regular program assessment and improvement strategies.
- The Learning Assistant Program Coordinator will also be responsible for overseeing and supervising the Physics Student Center, including the recruitment of any associated undergraduate tutors.
At minimum, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in physics or related field. Preferred applicants will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience presenting information sessions and using social networking to inform and engage students; experience with collaborative learning programs and activities; and experience working with a diversity of students and faculty in the academic environment.
Initial 9-month academic year appointment starts September 23, 2018.
Applicants should submit their cover letter and CV on or before August 8, 2018 for primary consideration. Applicants should also arrange for two letters of reference to be provided on their behalf, preferably also by August 8, 2018. All applications must be received through UC Recruit. Interested applicants should apply at the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01269. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
- 2-3 letters of reference required