Coordinator of Peer Consultation, Berea College (Review of applications to begin October 15, 2013; position open until filled)Sep 10th, 2013 | By IWCA Web Editor | Category: Positions
Berea College seeks a committed, articulate, and resourceful professional for a full-time position to coordinate its well-established undergraduate Peer Consultation program. The coordinator works closely with a team of more than a dozen student consultants who assist peers with writing, study skills, speaking, time management, and other academic areas. The Peer Consultation program is one of four interrelated components of Berea’s relatively new Center for Transformative Learning, which also includes career development, an internship program, and faculty development.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a labor position in which they work 10-12 hours per week in all areas of the College. Graduates distinguish themselves in a variety of fields, including social service, government, ministry, the arts, business, education, medicine, and science, and many go on to earn graduate degrees.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 14,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate undergraduate peer consultants
Collaborate with other units and programs that provide support for student success
Provide or collaborate on workshops for students and faculty members
Promote the program and publicize offerings; maintain and update support materials
Engage in professional development and provide leadership for introducing new support programs for areas such as quantitative literacy, individual and group study, or supplemental instruction
May teach 1-2 courses annually
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities (selected list)
Formal experience, background or training in composition and other communication skills
At least one year’s work experience with a Writing Center or Academic Support Center
Strong written, listening, and oral communication skills
Organizational and supervisory skills
High levels of responsibility, initiative, independence, adaptability, respect for confidentiality
Master’s Degree (or Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of related experience in higher education)
In order to be considered for the position, please apply online at http://www.berea.edu/people-services/employment-staff/.
For further information about the Center for Transformative Learning, see the website at http://webapps.berea.edu/ctl/.