Writing Skills Specialist - McNair Scholars Program

May 25, 2017
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Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Educational Programs Coordinator will work with staff in coordinating the identification and verification of eligible participants for the McNair Scholars Program. Additionally, this position is responsible for coordinating appropriate academic support services for accepted McNair Scholars, especially for providing writing instruction to help students improve their ability to write with clear purpose and focus, audience-based development, accessible organization, genre-appropriate style, and professional editing. Information about the Department: The Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a TRIO Program funded by a grant from the federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D. recipients from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic groups. To be eligible, students must either be first-generation and economically disadvantaged, or a member of a group that is underrepresented in higher education.


The McNair Scholars Program is a comprehensive program structured to prepare undergraduates for successful careers as professors and professional researchers. Scholars receive advice and assistance in preparing themselves academically for graduate school, searching for graduate programs to apply to, completing the application process, and deciding what program to enter. This preparation is offered in the form of classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, and the completion of a Summer Research Internship. Scholars conduct original research, write reports, make presentations, and have the opportunity to attend research conferences.


Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html  Job Description:

  • Promote the McNair Scholars Program to campus organizations and at campus events. Develop an Academic Development Plan for each McNair Scholar each semester and review at mid-semester; monitor the academic progress of McNair students. Provide academic, personal, social, financial, and career guidance, and problem-solving assistance to McNair students (evaluating study habits, connecting students with tutoring, developing time management plans, connecting with relevant extracurricular opportunities, and evaluating potential graduate schools). Maintain records of students’ academic services contacts, including writing assessments. Maintain the McNair Scholars Program website.  Assist in promoting and publicizing the program. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of students’ ability to write at a level expected by students earning a bachelor’s degree.  Develop strategies to help students raise their level of writing skills to that of the graduate level. Provide students with assistance in preparing for the verbal and analytical sections for the GRE as part of the Summer Research Internship class.  Work with students individually to build vocabulary and improve analytical writing skills.  Assist to administer, score, and maintain records of scholar assessment. Co-facilitate weekly seminars on topics relating to writing for graduate school: personal statements, research proposals, abstracts, research reports, teaching philosophies, scholarship applications, resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters, and other writing topics. Assist the Assistant Director in tracking McNair graduates through graduate school.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in relevant field (or work equivalent) and one or more years of relevant experience. Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of experience working with diverse populations from varied socio-economic backgrounds. 1-3 years of experience in teaching or tutoring writing. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including for publications, websites, electronic newsletters, etc. Highly self-motivated and directed, with demonstrated ability to work independently. Understanding of and commitment to the KSU Principles of Community. Master’s degree in English or other writing intensive field. Ability to foster a cooperative environment within the department and its constituencies in a diverse population. Experience working with students in higher education. Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. Experience and demonstrated proficiency in public speaking.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please complete an on-line application and upload a detailed letter of interest describing specifically how the candidate’s qualifications match the search committee’s desired qualifications, resume, and complete contact information including email addresses for three professional references citing professional relationship with each reference listed.  Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins June, 2 2017.  Salary Range / Pay Rate: $15.67 - $24.29 per hour Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.