Coordinator of Academic Initiatives and Assessment

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Coordinator of Academic Initiatives and Assessment, Housing & Residence Life  Requisition # 18000000D6 


The Coordinator for Academic Initiatives and Assessment reports to the Associate Director for Housing and Residence Life. This position supports the co-curricular aspects of residentially-based academic communities working with residence education staff, faculty, and other academic staff to create a seamless environment between living and learning components of campus life. This position promotes student engagement, academic success, personal development, and a strong sense of community though the implementation of the residential curriculum. Responsibilities include:

Residential Learning Communities:

  • Provide oversight and support for the overall Residential Learning Communities administrative and operational program.
  • Support and assist the development and implementation of residential learning communities (RLCs: i.e. Living Learning Communities; Theme Learning Communities, First Year Residential Experience, etc.);
  • Utilize best practices and data to assist in the development of new communities and sustaining existing communities.
  • Work collaboratively with Academic Affairs, Student Development, and Enrollment Services to promote RLCs via printed publication, website, recruitment events, social media, etc.
  • Assist with training staff assigned to work with the Residential Learning Communities.
  • Provide guidance and resources for event planning related residential learning community programming.
  • Develop recognition and awards for academic initiatives within residential learning communities.
  • Create Memorandum of Understanding for each community.

Academic Interventions and Support:

  • Serve as primary contact for residential students’ success initiatives and retention program (i.e. Freshmen Academic Success Track, Common Reading, Convocation). Coordinate with residence life staff.
  • Contact and meet with students of academic concerns to discuss resources and create a success plan. Provide academic coaching for at risk Resident Assistants who may have fallen below required GPA.
  • Collaborate with the Student Success Center to support residential students learning in the residence (i.e. tutoring in the residence halls).
  • Identify collaborative opportunities with other academic support units such as Academic Advising, Career Services, Writing Center, etc.
  • Coordinate House Calls and Scholars in Residence Honors Ceremony programs.
  • Initiate outreach to the Residence Life staff and Academic Partners to discuss opportunities, issues, and strategies to promote student learning.
  • Identify resources for programs and initiatives that support academic success.
  • Maintain academic resources and supplies.
  • Assist in faculty and staff engagement and involvement in the residence halls.


  • Assist in developing a departmental assessment plan to include:  goal/learning outcomes creation, data collection, data analysis, reporting, and “closing the loop”.
  • Assist in the planning, creation, coordination, and implementation of departmental assessment efforts, including Creation and maintenance of departmental learning outcomes, surveys and other quantitative data collection, focus groups and other qualitative data collection, analyzing collected data, and reporting data in creative ways, including infographics and annual reports.
  • Plan and create documents to report appropriate outcomes and data to various stakeholders.
  • Assist with the development of marketing and promotion of academic support, residential learning communities, and student success initiatives utilizing various sources (brochures, newsletter, email, webpage).

Residential Curriculum:

  • Assist in the revision and implementation of the residential curriculum, as part of the residential learning experience.
  • Advocate for the use of educational priorities and the learning outcomes in the development of new and ongoing initiatives.
  • Utilize assessment data to adjust practices related to academic support initiatives and student success.
  • Serve on various departmental and divisional committees
  • Other duties as assigned.



Master’s degree required in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Counseling, Education or related field. One year of experience in Housing & Residence Life (Resident Assistant or related) or Student Affairs (Admissions, Orientation, or related) is required. Must have the knowledge of or the ability to learn, department and university policies and procedures; excellent ability to handled high-volume administrative tasks in a timely manner; ability to work within a collaborative environment and with diverse populations; ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form; ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions; knowledge of how learning occurs (Bloom's taxonomy, etc). Knowledge of tenets of a residential curriculum is preferred. Experience working in academic support initiatives and assessment is preferred.  Experience collaborating within and between departments is preferred.  Experience working with college faculty and living-learning communities is preferred.

Applications must be sent electronically to:

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 3/20/2018
Application Due: 5/19/2018
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