Colgate University SUMMER - Temporary - Summer Institute Academic Mentor in Hamilton, New York
SUMMER - Temporary - Summer Institute Academic Mentor
Full Time/Part Time
Dean of the Faculty
Dean of Faculty
Colgate University is a special place to work and offers many unique opportunities, including the ability to work with and among world class faculty and staff at a highly selective residential liberal arts institution. This position provides an opportunity to become familiar with the variety of regular positions that are available at the University, as well as the ability to add employment at a distinct University to your resume.
Successful candidates for this position will earn sick leave, paid time off, free parking, and a University 'Gate Card that provides access to fitness facilities, athletic and cultural events, as well as a discount on many items at the University Bookstore.
This type of appointment is not approved to work more than 999 hours per year for all positionscombined. Should incumbents work more than a total of 999 hours in a year the appointmentmay not continue beyond one year of service.
The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) Scholars Program is the second oldest scholars program at Colgate, established in 1967 as the "University Scholars Program." OUS Scholars are a highly select group of students who have not only demonstrated intellect, creativity, and determination in the face of significant personal, economic, and social challenges, but have also systematically sought the most demanding academic paths open to them and dedicated themselves to achieving success. During their high school years - as well as during their years at Colgate - they have proven themselves to be change makers, committed in a multitude of ways to the principles of equity, access, and justice
The OUS Summer Institute is a five-week, pre-matriculation program designed to shape first-year OUS scholars' transition to college and to build a foundation for entrance into our larger community of scholars. It sets the stage for incoming students to take on research pursuits, as well as future community engagements and leadership roles, over their four years at Colgate. During the Summer Institute, incoming OUS Scholars complete two full-credit 15-week Colgate courses (in a condensed 5-week semester), build close relationships with faculty, staff and fellow OUS scholars, and are introduced to a wealth of campus resources through the offices of the Dean of the Faculty and the Dean of the College.
Academic Mentors serve as peer academic consultants and mentors to a group of 35-45 incoming first year students. They work closely with Summer Institute faculty, engaging fully with the material in faculty members' courses-including readings, discussions and short assignments-as they introduce OUS scholars to the demands of those courses and to broader habits of mind and skills important to college-level work. It must be made clear that the Academic Mentor's role is to assist scholars in their academic endeavors. Therefore, we are asking Academic Mentors to refrain from editing papers, synthesizing readings, and other forms of completing the assignments for the scholars. Rather we are asking that Academic Mentors work with OUS scholars in developing their academic skills - critical reading, writing, and speaking through the development of analytical (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods) and interpretative proficiencies, and scientific reasoning - as well as assist them in developing notions of time management through the balancing of social, academic, and personal time commitments.
In addition, Academic Mentors live in the dormitory with the incoming class and work with the Summer OUS Institute Community Leaders (CLs) in building community and extracurricular programming. We ask that Academic Mentors work with the CLs regarding the living and learning community, which we will cover during our training sessions. We also expect Academic Mentors to participate in the extracurricular and community building activities and support the CLs in these endeavors.
Academic Mentors go through an intensive training process under the mentorship of the Summer Institute staff, that includes, the Senior Associate Director of OUS Frank Kuan and the Academic Director of OUS John D. Palmer. Academic Mentors then bring this training to their mentoring and academic advising of incoming students. Importantly, they will help our incoming students solve problems, build relationships, take advantage of all the opportunities Colgate has to offer, and develop a sense of partnership, ownership, and agency in Colgate's academic and social cultures.
The dates of employment are June 30 - August 11, 2022 (which includes both the Training Days, plus the five weeks of the Summer Institute). Academic Mentors receive a very competitive wage, and full room and board as their compensation package.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
The ability to move critical theory into praxis in working directly with BIPOC and first-generation students, specifically first year incoming students.
Strong mentoring skills that support the growth and development of BIPOC and first-generation students on a predominantly white, economically affluent, and academically elite institution of higher education.
Ability to work as a member of a team, to function collaboratively, and to initiate independently.
Candidates must be capable of creating and maintaining productive and collegial working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
A current valid driver's license, in accordance with the University's Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy and willing to operate Colgate-owned vehicles
Bachelor's degree with graduate school experience/degree in higher education preferred.
Please submit the following materials to Frank Kuan, Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346, no later than February 28, 2022:
\* A cover letter expressing interest in the position. Write with your own voice and allow your letter to offer a sense of who you are, why you are really interested in this position, and what you think distinguishes you as an Academic Mentor applicant. Express how your undergraduate and graduate school experiences inform your mentoring approach from both a theoretical and praxis position.
We would also like you to describe in detail the scholarly approaches and academic skills (in terms of critical thinking, writing, and qualitative, quantitative, or scientific reasoning) that you would like to help OUS scholars acquire in their roles as peer academic consultants and mentors to help incoming students grow as successful scholars.
Be sure to convey the levels of your own emotional or relational intelligence, your approaches to handling conflict, and the insights or wisdom you will bring in working as a team to help incoming students through a very demanding transition process (students have just graduated from high school and are taking two 15-week courses in a condensed 5-week period). Our Summer Institute team has to be very strong to provide support and guidance not only to the students but also to each other.
\* Current resume with references
\* Copy of transcript (unofficial is fine).
Selected applicants will be notified by email with an invitation to interview sometime during the last week of March. We intend to make hiring decisions by late-March with training in early April.
Should you have further questions about the position or the selection process, please contact Professor John D. Palmer (email@example.com) or Frank Kuan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posting Detail Information
The dates of employment are June 30 - August 11, 2022 (which includes both the Training Days, plus the five weeks of the Summer Institute).
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