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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 682916
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Asc Provost For Undergraduate Education
Department: Neighborhood Success Collaborative 10053839
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 65000.00-75000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Continuing System Academic Staff, Advising/Counseling, Student Services/Student Affairs

Working/Functional Title

Specialist -Advisor and Ast Director- Dow Stem Scholar

Position Summary

Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative invites applicants for the position of Specialist Advisor, Assistant Director of the Dow Stem Program. This Position will oversee all aspects of a program to increase student success and retention in the STEM fields for students who place into developmental math.

The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) is an innovative and collaborative organization of experts driving Michigan State University to continually improve the services, practices, and activities for holistic student success. The NSSC promotes academic proficiency, institutional navigation and socio-emotional engagement to promote student success. Our unit is committed to empowering undergraduate students to pursue knowledge, access resources, and develop skills needed for success. Our goals align with the broader institution goals of closing opportunity gaps for underserved (first generation, low-income, Black, Latinx, and/or Native American/Indigenous) students by increasing persistence, retention and graduation rates, and decreasing time to degree. Housed in the Office of the Provost, the unit reports to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE). The NSSC works closely with Student Affairs and Services, Residential and Hospitality Services and other key units on campus to meet University student success goals.

The Dow STEM Scholars Program (Dow STEM) is one of three student success programs within the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative unit and reports to the Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative. The goal of Dow STEM is to increase the number of STEM graduates by supporting the academic, socio-emotional, and institutional navigational needs of students who are underserved in STEM. The program serves over 300 students annually. Key components of the program include:

  • A specialized math “on ramp” course offered to admitted first-year students the summer before they enter MSU, followed by a cohort-based math course during the student’s first fall semester.
  • A chemistry “on ramp” course, Chemistry 121 taken during the first semester
  • Intensive, intrusive professional advising, coaching, and peer mentoring throughout students’ tenure at MSU, designed to address academic, career planning, and socio-emotional aspects of the transition to college and successful launch into a STEM major/career.
  • Academic, socio-emotional, and career-oriented programming that supports student success by developing a cohort identity and sense of belonging.
  • High impact learning experiences such as undergraduate research, mentoring, and internships.


The Specialist Advisor, Assistant Director, of the Dow STEM Scholars Program will oversee all aspects of a program to increase student success and retention in the STEM fields for students who place into developmental math. This position supervises a Coordinator of Outreach and Engagement, Academic Advisor, and team of Undergraduate Peer Mentors. Working alongside the other NSSC Pathway Programs, the Assistant Director will represent Dow STEM within the NSSC unit and across campus. The Assistant Director ensures achievement of program goals by strategically aligning program services and staff effort.
This position works closely with advising staff, STEM faculty, and is a leading contributor to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within STEM at MSU. The program is funded through endowment and institutional funds, which requires the Assistant Director to manage a large and complex budget with multiple stakeholders.

Primary Duties:

Teaching (10%)

  • Coordinate multiple sections while teaching first-year seminar on enhancing skills for student success (UGS 110-1 credit) required for all first-year Dow Scholars
  • Coordinate offerings of math and chemistry courses designed for Dow Students with academic departments and faculty.

Advising (50%)

  • Develop and supervise the delivery of intensive, intrusive professional advising and peer mentoring designed to address academic, career planning, and socio-emotional aspects of the transition to college and successful launch into a STEM major.
  • Supervises and trains Dow STEM Academic Advisor.
  • Manages a small advising caseload of Dow Scholars as needed during peak times.
  • Serve as the program liaison to STEM colleges and academic advising community.
  • Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders (i.e. colleges and academic units, other support programs such as NSSC Pathways, DREW Science Scholars, New Student Orientation, Colleges and Residential Education and Housing Services, etc.)
  • Planning, management, and implementation of academic and socio-emotional programming including overnight summer program orientations.

Research  (10%)

  • Implement and manage evaluation of program activities and long-term impacts
  • Align program offerings with relevant research in STEM education and college student success.
  • Monitor data towards the achievement of program and NSSC unit learning goals/outcomes  

Outreach (10%)

  • Supervise recruiting and outreach for each cohort of students.
  • Report, document, and present as appropriate on Dow STEM Scholars Program and student success

Other (20%)

  • Manage budget for programming and manage endowment budget, lead scholarship award committee for high impact student experiences.
  • Supervise and evaluate of Dow Staff- including the Coordinator of Outreach and Engagement, Academic Advisor, and undergraduate Peer Mentors.
  • Coordinate academic support and tutoring services with collaboration from the Collaborative Learning Center.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with faculty, staff, students, administrators, other University programs, and other stakeholders to ensure student success
  • Serve on relevant Pathway Program, NSSC, and campus committees

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -higher education, student affairs, scien

Minimum Requirements

Master’s degree or equivalent experience in higher education, student affairs, science, mathematics, engineering or other related field. Experience with intensive cohort -based student support programs and academic advising in higher education, preferably in the areas of academic development and advising for underserved students; strong communication skills. Demonstrated competency in workplace technologies and evidence of promoting effective teamwork among faculty and staff. Experience with student support technology systems.

  • Proven commitment to undergraduate student success
  • Excellent communication skills; including an ability to work diplomatically and effectively with campus partners
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to access, understand, and interpret data from multiple sources to facilitate and promote student success through pro-active and innovative student services.
  • Ability to use data to evaluate individual and group efforts to promote student success
  • Computer literacy including Microsoft Office Products

Desired Qualifications

Doctoral degree or other terminal degree. Experience with STEM educational programs and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. Knowledge of grant or endowment budget management. Ability and experience managing and supervising staff towards program goals. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in academic advising within a college or university setting; knowledge of undergraduate student success concepts, theories and/or practice; and experience teaching, advising, leading, and/or mentoring diverse undergraduate students. Strong skills in documentation, tracking, and data compliance. Candidate should have leadership experience and an equity, diversity and inclusion lens. This position requires occasional nights and weekends.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter and CV to be sent to the attention of Committee Chair


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