Faculty Mentor for Part-time Students

Per the NFA Contract, Article 10, TMCC is announcing to all eligible academic and administrative faculty that a need exists for six Mentors for Part-time Students.

Posting Date

January 9, 2020

Description

Faculty mentors for part-time (PT) students will have a primary role in encouraging PT, degree-seeking students to persist in their Spring 2020 semester courses through personal, face-to-face interaction. Mentors will have an assigned group of PT students to encourage and assist by providing guidance on what students will need to do to succeed; offering tips on time management, study skills, and connecting with their instructors; identifying and connecting them with support resources such as tutoring, academic advising, financial aid, and enrollment assistance; and, communicating and ensuring that students understand and follow NSHE and TMCC policies, such as gateway math and English course completion. Mentors will also inquire, discuss, document and report on the challenges faced and other insights provided by PT students during their interactions.

Scope of Work

January 27–May 22, with estimated time of 6–10 hours per week. This includes up to 4 days where hours are scheduled after semester instruction ends (May).

Responsibilities and Deliverables

  1. Attend scheduled, mandatory trainings on policies, campus resources, technologies (BlueJeans or Zoom, and Peoplesoft), and documentation throughout the Spring semester. We anticipate the first training to be scheduled January 31, 1–4 p.m. in RDMT 112, and holding monthly checkin-in/update meetings. 
  2. Schedule a minimum of 6 but up to 10 hours/week with the coordinating academic advisor and be on campus at the designated area and scheduled time to meet with students. 
  3. Schedule, hold, and document a minimum of 1 face-to-face meetings with assigned PT degree-seeking students. Meetings must be in person or face-to-face via BlueJeans or other videoconferencing software and can be held individually or in small groups of approximately 2-4 students. During meetings, mentors should offer encouragement and assistance and inquire and document the challenges faced and other insights provided by PT students. Students may also request additional meetings as desired.
  4. Assist students with getting an advising appointment in Spring for Fall 2020 registration.
  5. Remove registration holds on PT students once meetings have taken place.
  6. Respond to student inquiries on registration holds, primarily through proxy emails.
  7. Summarize data collected on challenges faced and other insights provided by PT students, and report these findings during a wrap-up meeting with other mentors and project coordinators. Attendance at this wrap-up meeting is mandatory and will be scheduled sometimes between May 18–22.

Qualifications

  • Current faculty member at TMCC; PT teaching faculty preferred.
  • One year experience working with students in higher education.
  • Demonstrated rapport with students.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Basic end-user experience with videoconferencing software, PeopleSoft and Canvas as well as high comfort-level and ability to learn new software.
  • Must be available to attend at least one day of wrap-up after the semester ends (May).

Compensation

Stipend of $2,500.

Reports To

Project coordinator in Academic Advisement.

Application Process

Interested faculty should submit the following to Melissa Deadmond and Natalie Brown no later than January 24.

Returning PT Mentor Applicants:

  1. A 1–2 paragraph statement describing why you are interested in returning as a PT mentor.
  2. A list of courses and credit hours that you are scheduled to teach at TMCC and any other NSHE institution for the Spring 2020 semester.
  3. Proof of completing TMCC’s online FERPA training (email from TMCC’s Professional Development Office or screenshot of completion) within the last 2 years.

New PT Mentor Applicants:

  1. A 1–2 paragraph statement describing your interest in becoming a mentor, established rapport with students, and demonstrated interpersonal communication skills.
  2. A resume of no more than two pages outlining your educational background and work experience in higher education, mentoring experience, and any experience specifically with PT students.
  3. A list of courses and credit hours that you are scheduled to teach at TMCC and any other NSHE institution for the Spring 2020 semester.
  4. Proof of completing TMCC’s online FERPA training (email from TMCC’s Professional Development Office or screenshot of completion) within the last 2 years.
  5. Administrative faculty must submit a documented plan for separation of the additional assignment from regular work time.

Selection Process

Applicants will be notified of a decision on or around January 27, 2020.