Learning Assistant Program, Assistant Director

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie R1 Research university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http:/www.fiu.edu.


The College of Arts, Sciences and Education is seeking applications for an Assistant Scholar Scientist/Engineer. This individual will also serve as the Assistant Director (AD) of the Learning Assistant (LA) Program, a highly innovative program that fosters implementation of evidence-based practices in the classroom through undergraduate LA-facilitated instruction. The Assistant Director (AD) is involved in all aspects of the LA Program and works closely with the program leaders, undergraduate students, program faculty, and University administrators. The individual selected as AD must have an earned doctorate in science or mathematics or in science/mathematics education. The AD is responsible for: administration of the program; management of staff; budgeting; and program development. Opportunities for teaching/advising/research may exist. This is a full time, 12-month position, starting in summer 2016.

FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute is dedicated to advancing research and educational change that utilizes evidence-based instructional practices and engages in multidisciplinary collaborations across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, and Engineering & Computing. Hallmark programs include a Learning Assistant (LA) program that impacts over 10,000 student enrollments in 10 STEM disciplines annually; Modeling Instruction at the high school and college levels; and multiple HHMI- and NSF-funded research projects. For more information on programs and research at the STEM Transformation Institute: stem.fiu.edu; FIULearn.fiu.edu; FIUteach.fiu.edu

Required background includes: • An earned doctorate in science or mathematics or science/mathematics education; • Minimum 3 years teaching or direct academic support experience/advising, administration and leadership at the post-secondary level required. • Very strong oral and written communication skills.

Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate: • Knowledge of recent advances in science and mathematics teaching and learning; • Teaching, advising, and /or administration in higher education; • Experience working collaboratively and also independently; • Budgetary experience; and • Experience conducting and leading a research program.

RESPONSIBILITIES • Administration of program, including coordination of all aspects of the program, working with Director of the STEM Institute, Director of LA Program and others in program, developing and managing web site, developing program advertising materials, program assessment, reporting to funding agencies. – 30% • Program assessment and evaluation: provide vision and oversight for collecting evidence of the impact of the LA program. – 20% • Personnel management and oversight that includes selecting and support of learning assistants, program faculty, student assistants, etc. – 10% • Budgeting and grants management, including federal grants, state funds, private funds – 20% • Program development and implementation, including leading development of courses and curricula, recruiting students to the program; interaction with campus committees and constituencies – 20% Position requires limited travel, primarily to disseminate outcomes of the program.

How to Apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of three references (and contact information) in a single pdf file and send it to stem@fiu.edu. Note that at least three references may be contacted upon review as determined by the search committee. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by August 25, 2016. Review will continue until position is filled. For more information and inquiries email stem@fiu.edu. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.