Student Mentor/Teaching Assistant

Employer
University of North Texas
Location
Downtown Dallas
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

Posting Title:

Student Mentor/Teaching Assistant

Department:

DAL-CoL-Academic Affairs-517200

Job Location:

Downtown Dallas

Full Time/Part Time:

Part-Time

Pay Rate:

$12.00 per hour

Salary Information:

$12.00 per hour

Department Summary:

The Experiential Education Department is a vital part of the innovative community and program of legal education at the UNT Dallas College of Law. Through this department, the College of Law engages law students in activities that provide legal representation and services to underrepresented communities. To further support the Law School’s mission to broaden opportunities for diverse students to attend law school, Experiential Education Department brought together a cross-discipline group of educators to submit a proposal to develop a pipeline program for undergraduate students at UNT Dallas and Paul Quinn College. AccessLex has accepted that proposal and the grant has been awarded.
We will be designing and delivering an undergraduate course for Paul Quinn and UNTD students considering attending law school. The curriculum of the course engages the students in activities and instruction that will teach traditional cognitive law school skills but in the context of addressing psychological inhibitors. The materials will directly address the influence of stereotype threat, allowing students to gain insight into the dynamics that can impact their performance. The instructional approach is deliberate in providing a sense of belonging to positively impact student motivation and strengthen the recognition that engaged effort is needed to confront difficult academic challenges.

Position Summary:

Because participating students will better identify with “near-peer” mentors and feel comfortable approaching them (during and after the course concludes) for advice and support, the course will utilize UNT Dallas College of Law Student Mentor/Teaching Assistants. The Student Mentor/Teaching Assistants will be work with the participating undergraduate students and represent the accessibility of a law school education.

The UNT Dallas College of Law Student Mentor/Teaching Assistants complete the following examples of work:

• Attend classes and participate in small-group exercises to observe instruction and respond to student inquiries
• Provide regular feedback about the effectiveness of the course materials and the students’ engagement with those materials
• Meet individually with students at various points throughout the course to provide feedback and support.
• Support students as they complete team-based projects by providing feedback and suggestions.
• Offer feedback to instructors and course designers regarding student progress and understanding.
• Participate in a pre-course training session to understand the course goals and mentors/teaching-research assistant’s role in the program.

Minimum Qualifications:

Currently enrolled at UNT Dallas College of Law, in good standing, making satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree. Applicants must possess the following:

• Excellent customer service skills, as well as effective oral and written communication skills.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office computer applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
• Some knowledge of office practices and procedures.
• Demonstrated ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions accurately.
• Good interpersonal skills and ease in relating to people from varying educational, cultural and social backgrounds.
• Responsible, reliable and punctual.
• Ability to learn assigned tasks readily, to adhere to prescribed routines, and to develop some skill in the operation of common office equipment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Interest in their mentee’s education and is approachable, accessible, and dependable.
• Ability to be able to make time to meet with their mentee(s) on a regular basis and keep up with the mentee’s progress and interests.
• Ability to be comfortable in sharing personal experiences with the mentee(s) and creating an environment that allows the mentee(s) to feel comfortable in sharing their opinions or concerns.
• Willingness to make opportunities known to the mentee(s) and provides support when they are struggling or are stressed.
• Ability to discern when words of encouragement or constructive criticism is needed.
• Understanding and appreciation of the importance of diversity in law schools.
• Patience in working with individuals learning new materials.

Work Schedule:


Monday-Friday or as needed.

Driving University Vehicle:

No

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Pulling , Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear

Posting Number:

Stu136HP

Position End Date (if temporary):

05/31/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, submit the following documents:

1. A resume
2. A cover letter describing:
a. your interest in this position and explaining why you would be a successful mentor for a program focusing on diverse ( Hispanic/Latino, African-American/Black, Native American/American Indian and socioeconomically and/or educationally disadvantaged, first in their family in higher education or graduate school) students and preparedness for law school.
b. your reasons for attending law school
3. A statement that provides: a) your name; b) anticipated graduation date; c) current classification; d) preferred email address; e) anticipated Spring 2021 academic schedule; f) your availability for classroom observations (e.g after 5 pm, before 6 pm, no Tuesdays, etc)
4. A statement of your general availability for an interview if the Committee wishes to conduct one
5. A copy of your transcript
6. There are 3 locations you could possibly be working at:

UNTD College of Law- 106 S Harwood St, Dallas TX 75201
University of North Texas at Dallas- 7300 University Hills Blvd, Dallas TX 75241
Paul Quinn College- 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd, Dallas TX 75241

Quicklink for Posting:

https://jobs.untsystem.edu/postings/47827

Organization

Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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