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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Department: Com Medical Education 40000001
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Macomb
Categories: Advising/Counseling, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Learning Specialist

Position Summary

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) is seeking applicants for a full time Academic Specialist position in the area of academic student support. MSUCOM is particularly interested in individuals with a commitment to inclusive excellence and a history of promoting diversity in their research, teaching, and service. We strongly encourage candidates to apply who can strengthen MSUCOM's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), as identified in our Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety plan (

This position will be available as a remote-friendly hybrid schedule (3 days in office, 2 days remote). It will be located at the Macomb University Center in Macomb, Michigan. This position will work within the MSUCOM Office of Academic and Career Advising and work closely with the Office of Personal Counseling/Health Promotion to serve osteopathic medical students at any/all stages in the 4-year D.O. curriculum. This position will provide academic advising and resources to medical students at all three MSUCOM campuses (East Lansing, Detroit Medical Center, and Macomb University Center), as well as those completing clinical rotations at 23 base hospitals across the state. Anticipated travel is minimal and advising services for those who are not located in Southeast Michigan will be accessible via Zoom Video Conferencing. Advising services will be offered through a combination of in-person, zoom, email, and phone interactions.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide one-on-one, individualized student advisement for improved academic performance, such as developing effective learning strategies, self-regulatory behaviors, time management skills, and test-taking skills
  • Assess student learning preferences and existing study skills
  • Assist students in developing study plans intended for course exams, board exams, and remedial exams
  • Coordinate peer tutoring program by recruiting, training, and monitoring volunteer student tutors. Perform attendance tracking and other analytics to improve tutoring program
  • Make referrals as appropriate, especially to mental health wellness counselors for students with personal, emotional, behavioral, or family issues, and to disability resources staff for students with disabilities
  • Develop and deliver group presentations/seminars relevant to academic success, self-directed learning, and evidence-based study strategies
  • Provide organization and management of student performance data and assist colleagues in performing data-related tasks
  • Collaborate with course faculty, administration, and Personal Counseling/Health Promotion

Performance of the job will entail becoming familiar with the curriculum and college policies and procedures. The specialist will maintain a regular schedule of availability to meet with students as needed. The specialist will balance defined processes with an individualized approach to help students identify performance obstacles and develop strategies to improve their learning outcomes. They will monitor student performance and initiate contact with students experiencing academic difficulty to provide resources and referrals as needed. Additionally, the specialist will assist with the creation of academic support initiatives; promoting student awareness of available resources and avenues of support; documenting advising sessions; participating in assigned meetings; and other duties as assigned.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate must have at least a masters degree in education, psychology, or a relevant field. Experience in working with adult learners through teaching, providing advising services, promoting academic success, etc.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in working with professional students and/or in an academic healthcare setting; Knowledge of adult learning, learning theory, and cognitive development; Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Public speaking/presentation skills; Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and with individuals from diverse backgrounds; Strong technological skills including proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Required Application Materials

1. Cover letter 2. CV 3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement: submit a description of your past experiences and contributions to inclusive excellence. Also,submit a brief description of your ideas for future initiatives that you would like to implement to support MSUCOM's commitment to inclusive excellence (

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Please contact Search Committee Chair, Kim Peck ( with any questions regarding this position.

Review of Applications Begins On


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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