In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
Campus Title: Part-Time Science Tutor Department: TRIO Student Support Services Program
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Funding: Federally Funded/ Grant TRIO program Job Type: Part-time Timeframe: Academic Calendar Shift: TRIO Tutoring Services are available Mondays through Thursdays, from 12 pm to 11 pm, for approximately 14 weeks each semester (no tutoring over winter sessions; option of summer tutoring as need arises). The Science Tutor is asked to work, on average, two to three days per week, ideally with some evening hours, for a total of 8-12 hours per week during the times listed above. Regular Days Off: Friday, Saturday and Sundays Salary: $25.00 Per hour
Note: May hire multiple applicants from this posting
General Statement of Duties:
The TRIO Student Support Services Program ('TRIO') at Westfield State University seeks highly qualified applicants for a part-time Science Tutor position to begin in early September, 2021 (start of the fall semester). The candidate will be able to demonstrate academic competency in a science field as well as evidence of ability to tutor college students. Expertise in Biology and Chemistry is preferred. Common classes students seek tutoring in include: Human Biology, Biology Today, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, General Biology I and II, and other upper-level biology major courses. For Chemistry, students regularly seek support in General Chemistry I and II and Organic Chemistry I and II. For full course descriptions, please visit: http://catalog.westfield.ma.edu/content.php?catoid=25&navoid=1100. Ability to tutor in other science-related areas, such as Movement Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Health Sciences, is a plus. The Science Tutor should be comfortable helping students understand assignments and integrate best practices for study techniques and academic skills.
The Student Support Services Program is a federally funded TRIO program, providing academic support services to college students with a range of academic needs and who are first-generation college students (parent/s do not have a four-year bachelor's degree), low income, and/or have a disability. Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but not limited to: Essential:
The Science Tutor can expect to work with students taking a range of introductory level science courses, as well as with science majors and minors taking upper-level science courses. The position calls for supplemental instruction and tutoring in a content area with an emphasis on building strong study skills. The tutor will most often work with students in-person, one-on-one, and will also work with small groups of students occasionally. Additionally, the tutor will provide one-on-one, remote tutoring via Zoom video conferencing to students as needed. The tutor will be primed on the pedagogical approaches preferred for work with TRIO students but will be expected to have the competency to effectively tutor students starting immediately. The tutor may be invited to attend professional development sessions and/or select program events periodically. The tutor will be willing to utilize our online scheduling system for managing appointments with students and keep basic records of student contact and progress.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in a related science content field
Previous experience working as a tutor
Knowledge of how to help students develop strong, transferable study skills
Master's degree or progress toward a post-graduate degree in a related content field
Experience working with low income and first-generation college students
Experience working with students with disabilities
A commitment to assessing individual academic needs with a focus on developmental education and explicit instruction
A willingness to infuse some of the principles of Universal Design for Instruction into tutoring practices
Experience with a TRIO program (or similar support program)
Disability Accommodations: Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Cover letter, resume, names/contact information for 2 references and an unofficial transcript are all required documents. However, if you do not have the ability to attach these documents electronically, you may mail paper copies to:
Charlotte Capogna-Amias TRIO Student Support Services Program Westfield State University P.O. Box 1630 Westfield, MA 01086
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us. Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.