Urban Agriculture STEM Advisor

UNT Dallas
Dallas, TX
Jun 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Number STA - 201000000633
Job Title Urban Agriculture STEM Advisor
Job Description
The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for a full-time STEM Cohort Advisor in Urban Agriculture, beginning Fall 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve excellence in academic coaching, advising, and student mentoring and to assist in development of the emerging Urban Agriculture program at UNT Dallas. As a part of this Urban Agriculture initiative, UNT Dallas has partnered with El Centro College, Dallas, TX, to develop a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) Degree that includes undergraduate agricultural training and advances students' STEM skills. This effort is being supported at UNTD by a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Education.

The Urban Agriculture STEM Advisor will be responsible for providing educational guidance and support for students by helping them stay on track with educational goals and achievements. This individual will recommend courses and internships that advance students' pathways to graduation and gainful employment, and that motivate them to succeed at UNT Dallas and in the workplace. The successful candidate may also teach courses and will administer programs, services, and activities to assist students with college success skills, networking, career planning, and transfer articulation. The strategic goal of the UNT Dallas cohort advising model for Urban Agriculture is student persistence, retention, and graduation, from the first year of college through graduation.

UNT Dallas offers faculty and staff the unique opportunity to help shape the character of a 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university. Our goal is to offer undergraduate and graduate level training that enhances our students' lives, helps them succeed in the workplace, and makes a difference in their communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Expectations for this position include excellent academic advising, success coaching, and communication with students. This individual is charged with design and implementation of appropriate interventions for student success and retention; documenting and reporting on student progress; and maintaining confidential student files. Importantly, the STEM Advisor will provide the necessary leadership and student support to ensure optimal educational and career success for students. The STEM Advisor may also be asked to teach courses that advance student skills and success.
We are particularly interested in student-centric, innovative, engaging, and energetic candidates who will contribute to student success through interaction, intervention, relationship-building, role modeling, and student motivation. Other responsibilities are outlined below:
1. Provide individual coaching to foster student success and academic development, including assessing student's strengths and challenges in academic, career, and personal pathways by identifying factors that enhance or prevent academic progress.
2. Communicate effectively with students in a systemic, frequent, and intentional manner using multiple methods including face-to-face meetings, email, telephone, and other university-supported technologies regarding student success and retention strategies.
3. Provide coaching for academic success, including time management, goal setting, problem-solving, self-advocacy, and learning strategies.
4. Coordinate programs and initiatives that enhance the Urban Agriculture student experience and increase retention and completion rates.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Agriculture, Communication, Psychology, STEM, or other field related to academic coaching and student success initiatives, particularly in Urban Agriculture
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in advising, academic coaching, advocacy, personal development, and mentoring in an educational setting
  • Experience or demonstrated potential for developing collaborative community partnerships, internships, and community service projects
  • Demonstrated effective written, verbal, and team-building communication skills

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:
  • Experience working with community college instructors and students
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching courses in the candidate's area of expertise
  • Evidence or demonstrated potential for leadership in academic program development
  • Experience in professional agriculture, such as farming, extension services, agricultural communication, and landscaping
  • Ph.D. in Agriculture, Communication, Psychology, STEM, or other field related to academic coaching and student success initiatives, particularly in Urban Agriculture
  • Academic experience working on a university campus with a culturally diverse population

Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Driving University Vehicle? No
Work Schedule


Substitution of Experience/Education No
Start Date
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit CV; letter of application outlining the applicant's interest, qualifications, and experience for the position; contact information for at least three professional references; and unofficial transcripts to http://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com/. For additional information visit http://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com or contact Ms. Michelle Baptiste at [email protected], or by calling 972-338-1501. Questions can also be directed to Dr. Glenda Balas, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at 972-338-1526 or [email protected] Statement of teaching and advising interests and philosophy may also be requested. Skype interviews of semi-finalists may be conducted. Finalists will be required to present a job talk and short teaching demonstration.
For best consideration, applications should be received by July 9, 2018.
Position will remain open until filled.
Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
University of North Texas at Dallas is an AA/ADA/EOE

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  3. * Do you a have a Master's Degree or higher in Agriculture, Communication, Psychology, STEM, or other field related to academic coaching and student success initiatives, particularly in Urban Agriculture?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Undergraduate Transcript
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. References
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