University Quantitative Support Specialist

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

Bucknell University is seeking a Quantitative Support Specialist who will report to the Associate Director for Student Learning Support in the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). They will work closely with the staff of the TLC, departments on campus that offer courses needing quantitative support, an SLS Faculty Fellow for Quantitative Support, and the Associate Provost for Transformative Teaching and Learning. The primary activities of this position are offering individualized assistance with quantitative concepts to students; supporting the work and professional development of peer tutors and study group facilitators in introductory quantitative courses; and leading workshops for students. Learner-centered work with students includes one-on-one and small group tutoring, building and conducting workshops to help students build stronger foundational quantitative skills, and collaborating on the training and supervision of a corps of peer tutors. The person in this position may have the opportunity to teach a quantitatively-focused course periodically. This position will have a flexible start date no later than August 1, 2023.

This position is donor-funded through May, 2027, and is renewable pending additional funding. It is a priority for Bucknell to secure funding to ensure that students receive ongoing support in this area.

Job Duties:
• Provide drop-in and scheduled tutoring to students on quantitative topics and learning strategies; this includes working with students to fill in gaps in the prerequisite knowledge needed for success in their current quantitative courses. May include one or two evenings per week to work alongside peer tutors and model best practices, or conduct tutoring observations and offer growth-oriented feedback
• Support the training and management of student peer educators within the TLC's Tutoring and Study Groups programs for introductory quantitative courses, with a leading role in the support of quantitative staff; provide content training for quantitative-subject-area peer tutors and work with TLC colleagues to provide pedagogical support as well
• Collaboratively design and conduct interventions, resources, and workshops to help students (re-)acquire foundational quantitative skills
• Assist with generating, curating, and updating quantitatively-focused resources, such as software or videos; collaborate within the SLS outreach systems to make these resources available
• Support and contribute to the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, including through assisting with University initiatives designed to increase the success of students from traditionally underrepresented groups
• Design and implement assessment of effectiveness of quantitatively-focused support programs falling under purview of position, and evaluate and suggest changes to current support models as needed.
• Demonstrate continued engagement with research and best practices in undergraduate quantitatively-focused education and other relevant areas, e.g., inclusive and antiracist pedagogies
• Periodically teach a quantitatively-focused course
• Additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in the mathematical sciences required.
• Following a Master’s degree, at least two years of experience teaching undergraduate mathematics or statistics courses and working closely with students. Teaching experience should include multiple courses from among the following: single and multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, introductory statistics.
• Candidates should possess knowledge of areas of student difficulties and misconceptions in the relevant courses and how to support these students.
• Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Candidates must demonstrate excellent teaching, tutoring and interpersonal skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills; flexibility and openness to learning; ability to handle confidential information on a routine basis; and willingness to collaborate in a busy learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences. Extensive experience working with students who need additional support to be successful in quantitatively focused courses. Extensive teaching experience at the level of calculus and above. Experience supervising students in support roles.

Work Type: 
This is a full time, 10 month, benefits eligible position.  This position is donor-funded through May, 2027, and is renewable pending additional funding. It is a priority for Bucknell to secure funding to ensure that students receive ongoing support in this area.

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About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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