STEM Academic Coach

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
Closing date
Oct 6, 2021

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Position Title::

STEM Academic Coach

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Full-time or Part-time::

Full Time


College Access Programs

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EHRA (Non-Faculty)

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Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experienc

Minimum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Maximum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

Fayetteville State University’s Office of Access & Student Success encourages and assists families in the Sandhills Region of North Carolina, who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into and completion of a post-secondary degree.

The TRIO Student Support Services-STEM Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing structured academic support activities to low-income and first-generation college students. The goal of SSS-STEM is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants majoring in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), including Health Science. The services provided create opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Description of Work Continued::

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The primary purpose of the STEM Academic Advisor/Coach position is to support low-income and first-generation students at Fayetteville State University with structured academic support such as coaching, advisement and instruction to improve successful course completion, retention, graduation and participants pursuit of a STEM career.

Duties and Responsibilities:

40%-Student Support Services – Implement educational interventions to low-income/first-generation students enrolled at FSU to increase retention and graduation rates; provide coaching sessions with students one-on-one and in a small group to support student success with course completion and persistence. Serve as freshman seminar instructor for students enrolled in the TRIO freshman seminar course; provide advisement on course selection and utilization of university/community resources; develop and conduct non-cognitive development workshops (i.e., study skills, test-taking skills, note-taking skills, critical thinking, student success software, STEM course success, etc.).

30%-Student Needs Assessment/Record Management – Identify, recruit and retain participants; complete comprehensive individual needs assessments and develop individual academic plans; review grades and transcripts; maintain files on participants; track services using Blumen database and university student success software; monitor satisfactory academic progress; administer pre and post-tests; conduct Early Warning alerts; submit monthly reports/quarterly reports.

20%-High Impact Practices – Provide support designed to increase graduation rates of low-income/first generation students in STEM fields by assisting with FAFSA completion and financial literacy workshops; and workforce development; assisting with the development of ePortfolios; providing STEM career awareness workshops; providing connections to stem related internships; and supporting graduate school attendance through advisement and taking students on graduate school tours.

10%-University Collaboration – Attend STEM faculty meetings and student orientation sessions to inform of project goals, objectives, services, and eligibility requirements in order to assist in the identification of eligible students. Communicate with faculty members on the academic progress of students; make referrals to other student services, identify faculty and staff to assist with tutoring and conduct academic workshops. Attend departmental meetings. Serve on university, regional, state and national committees. Make referrals for on campus and off campus resources to support program participants

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements::

A Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A Master’s degree or is required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prefer a degree in science, engineering, business, math, education, public administration, social science, or related field from an accredited college/university;

Minimum of 1-2 years of experience with federal TRIO/GEAR UP programs, academic support programs, or similar programs serving students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Minimum of 1 year of experience advising/counseling/coaching in academic planning, career planning and student access/success.

Knowledge skills and abilities::

Experience in case management, such as documenting and tracking services in a database and/or participant file.

Ability to follow directions to implement evidence-based program; excellent organizational skills meet deadlines; effective interpersonal and oral communication skills; and an interest in working with high school students.

Applicants must have the temperament for engage with college level students with a focus on the student experience.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications::

Candidate should have experience in overcoming barriers similar to SSS-STEM participants.

Degree in science, engineering, business, math, education, public administration, social science, or related field from an accredited college/university

Open Until Filled::


Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.


Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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