The Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor will provide direct assistance to student-athletes to facilitate positive academic performance by assisting students to understand their unique learning strengths and weaknesses. This will involve providing assistance with time management strategies, general study skills, tutoring assistance, and active utilization of cognitive strengths to improve academic performance and may include course specific tutoring.
• Assist with the oversight of Learning Strategist Program for student-athletes. Assist with the initial identification of students who may benefit from further diagnostic testing. Assist with developing, implementing and manage programming of academic support initiatives and interventions to improve retention and graduation rates. Establish benchmarks and goals for participating student athletes.
• Monitor the progress of transferable skills developed during skills session to course assignments, projects and exams. (Study reading techniques and activities to improve reading rate and comprehension.)
• Provide basic reading and writing skill instruction to student-athletes with learning disabilities and/or low skill levels.
• Provide up-to-date and accurate academic advisement to assigned student-athletes regarding development of academic program, course choice, application to major, and progress toward degree. Insure proper scheduling of student-athletes each semester to accommodate the demands of practice, travel, and competition. Review each student-athlete’s registration readiness and assist in the resolution of “service indicators.”
• Monitor academic progress in courses and elements of the tutorial/learning strategist program. Monitor assignment completeness and preparedness for classes, exams, and projects. Assist with assignment organization and completion.
• Maintain knowledge of all NCAA and University rules concerning academic standing and eligibility requirements.
• Prepare summary reports and updates for academic advisors and the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services.
A Bachelor’s degree is required in Reading, Education, Counseling or related field.
Experience providing tutoring support, study skills assistance, time management strategies or other learning support instruction to high school or college students with specific emphasis on working with student-athletes in an academic setting. Experience working with students experiencing academic challenges for any reason, including but not limited to, a lack of academic preparation, skills, or motivation, or a diagnosed learning disability, attention deficit disorder, etc.
A Master’s degree in special education, counseling, or a related field preferred. Strong written, oral communication and computer skills. Knowledge of NCAAregulations is preferred.
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