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Job ID: 2548 - FT - Unclassified (salaried)
The Learning Specialist functions as an important part of the Services for Student Athletes team by providing direct assistance to student athletes to facilitate positive academic performance. This is done by teaching specific organizational and learning strategies and by helping students to understand their unique learning strengths and weaknesses. Most commonly this involves providing assistance with time management strategies, general study skills, tutoring assistance, and active utilization of cognitive strengths to improve academic performance and may also include some course specific tutoring, as well as monitoring student progress.
Assist high risk student-athletes and those students that may have learning disability or special learning needs
Provide study skill assistance to identified student athletes
Assist with the process of registering for academic accommodations with the Disability Resource Center and help the student-athletes understand how to utilize them.
Teach student-athletes specific study strategies and techniques that would best assist them to learn in the way that is best for them.
If there are any reading/writing deficiencies for student-athletes or those who do not have a diagnosed learning disability, the learning specialist can help by using remediation techniques.
Participate in all orientations for students.
Coordinate and prescribe support systems and services for student athletes (i.e., tutoring, learning disabilities, student counseling, SEP, academic support courses, etc.)
Assist in coordinating that ALL student-athletes meet with their on campus adviser
Counsel and advise student athletes regarding coursework, coping strategies, social environment and graduation.
Monitor and supervise academic progress of assigned student athletes through one to one meetings, coordination of support services and academic evaluations to professors.
Assist in teaching Summer Bridge topics and teaching KNH 112 "Transitional Skills for the New College Student."
Monitor academic progress of all student athletes through academic evaluations to professors.
Monitor Academic progress through the parameters of NCAA rules
Assist in the advising process at orientation sessions
Meet with recruits to discuss the academic services office and the Miami experience.
Help in the initial identification of students who may benefit from further diagnostic testing
Coordinate and collaborate closely with other staff in Services for Student Athletes, Intercollegiate Athletics, Academic Learning Services and Disability Services
Serve as a liaison and coordinate with appropriate professionals for Learning Disability testing
Work with student-athletes on strategies designed to enhance academic performance and eventual graduation from the university
Assist student-athletes with time management and organizational skills relevant to academic performance to help them succeed
Provide academic skill evaluation testing for student athletes
Monitor and track student-athlete progress in all classes
Serve as a resource to the tutoring and advising staff on relevant learning strategy issues
Assist with the development of programs aimed at improving retention and graduation rates
Work on other projects and programs as needs dictate
Participate in ongoing evaluation of the academic support programs for student-athletes
Attend all ICA related meetings, events, workshops, orientations and trainings
Assist with Books and work with University Bookstore
Serve on university committees
Other Duties as Assigned
Bachelor's degree with 1-3 years’ experience working with college students and diverse populations.
Master’s in Education or Special Education, Student Affairs and Higher Education,
Counseling, Social Work or a closely related field or Master’s degree and 1-3 years
Teaching experience in higher education; an understanding of student development and learning theories; substantial experience working with at-risk, multicultural, first generation, and international students.
Experience providing individual tutoring support, study skills assistance, time management strategies or other learning support instruction to high school or college students with specific emphasis on working with student athletes in an academic setting.
Experience working with students experiencing academic challenges for any reason, including but not limited to, a lack of academic preparation, skills, or motivation, or a diagnosed learning disability, Attention Deficit Disorder, etc.
Demonstrated ability to motivate students to learn
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds
Strong written, oral communication and computer skills
Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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