First-Year Course Coach & Instructor - 22427BR

First-Year Course Coach & Instructor

Career & Experiential Learning
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Office of Academic Programs and Experiential Learning (APEL), a unit within the Division of Academic Success, supports the intellectual engagement and pursuit of learning by KU students throughout their academic career, from orientation to graduation and beyond. APEL offers a variety of courses, resources, and programs to help students gain the skills, experience, knowledge, and connections needed to prepare them for a meaningful career after graduation.

The First-Year Course Coach & Instructor is a vital part of the APEL team, helping to support KU students’ success through the UNIV first-year curriculum. The first-year curriculum is designed to assist students with navigating the university, connecting with peers, staff, and faculty, exploring experiential learning and co-curricular activities, and establishing healthy financial and wellness habits. This position will serve as the instructor for UNIV 101 and other first-year courses that enroll students who need additional assistance developing academic, study, and time management skills. Additionally, this position will serve as a case manager who works with students enrolled in their courses to ensure they are accessing and utilizing the appropriate services and resources to make them successful at KU. This position will work very closely with academic advisors, financial aid counselors, career coaches, and other student and academic support personnel.

Job Description

Student Case Management 50%
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to ensure students are growing and persisting; empower and support students to develop and accomplish their personal, academic, and career goals.
  • Manage a caseload of students by being accessible and willing to assist with the informational needs of students and help them connect with campus resources.
  • Develop a rapport and a safe relationship with students.
  • Work with students to develop individualized goals and a plan for success.
  • Keep in close communication with students’ support teams.
  • Collaborate with other key offices/departments on campus to ensure student awareness & participation in support programs.
  • Research best practices related to first-year students, college student transitions, experiential learning, first-generation students and BIPOC students.
  • Assist the APEL in programming student support workshops.
Teaching 40%
  • Prepare and teach multiple sections of KU orientation, first-year, and experiential learning courses in the fall and spring semester.
  • Meet regularly with peer coaches to coordinate and plan course components.
  • Establish consistent grading criteria and communicate/distribute grades in a timely manner.
  • Plan out-of-class activities based on the needs and interests of your students.
  • Prepare and conduct well-organized presentations, class discussions, and activities on various topics.
  • Communicate accurate and timely information to students about academic and student resources.
  • Abide by all curriculum guidelines such as learning outcomes, assessment, out of classroom activities, etc.
  • Develop programming that aligns with Career & Experiential Learning and APEL goals and the needs of the students.

Assessment 10%
  • Collaborate with APEL Curriculum Manager to analyze assessment data, conduct instructor. evaluations, and support projects related to UNIV curriculum and first-year students.
  • Research best practices related to the first-year students, college student transitions, and specific populations of students (e.g. first-gen, Pell eligible, BIPOC students).
  • Provide feedback to improve course quality or student experience.
  • Participate in Academic Success meetings related to first-year programming as needed.

Position Requirements

  1. This position requires working on-site.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in Education, Social Work, or related field.
  2. Two years teaching, counseling, or advising experience.
  3. Strong written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.
  4. Previous experience working with students, staff, faculty and administrators at an educational institution.
  5. Experience assisting or supporting underserved populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Doctorate.
  2. College teaching experience.
  3. Experience teaching UNIV 101 or similar orientation seminar.
  4. Documented participation in experiential learning, such as undergraduate research, service learning, and/or study abroad.
  5. Experience with Lawrence campus and related resources.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  4. Completion of the online application.
  • Application review begins Monday, June 27, 2022 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Tracy Runck,

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Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Occasional evening and weekend work.

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Career & Experiential Learning
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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