Part-Time Science Tutor
TRIO Student Support Services Program, Westfield State University
The Student Support Services Program is a federally funded TRIO program, providing academic support services to college students with a range of academic needs and who are first-generation college students (parent/s do not have a four-year bachelor’s degree), low income, and/or have a disability. Westfield State University is a four-year public college in Westfield, Massachusetts. For more information about the TRIO Student Support Services Program, please visit westfield.ma.edu/trio.
The Science Tutor can expect to work with students taking a range of introductory level science courses, as well as with science majors and minors taking upper-level science courses. The position calls for supplemental instruction and tutoring in a content area with an emphasis on building strong study skills. The tutor will most often work with students in-person, one-on-one, and will also work with small groups of students occasionally. Additionally, the tutor will provide one-on-one, remote tutoring via Zoom video conferencing to students as needed. The tutor will be primed on the pedagogical approaches preferred for work with TRIO students but will be expected to have the competency to effectively tutor students starting immediately. The tutor may be invited to attend professional development sessions and/or select program events periodically. The tutor will be willing to utilize our online scheduling system for managing appointments with students and keep basic records of student contact and progress.
TRIO Tutoring Services are available Mondays through Thursdays, from 12 pm to 11 pm, for approximately 14 weeks each semester (no tutoring over winter sessions; option of summer tutoring as need arises). The Science Tutor is asked to work, on average, two to three days per week, ideally with some evening hours, for a total of 8-12 hours per week during the times listed above.
This is a grant funded, non-benefited position, and pays a rate of $25 per hour contingent upon funding. Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, list of two references, and an unofficial transcript of highest degree received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related science content field
Previous experience working as a tutor
Knowledge of how to help students develop strong, transferable study skills
Master’s degree or progress toward a post-graduate degree in a related content field
Experience working with low income and first-generation college students
Experience working with students with disabilities
A commitment to assessing individual academic needs with a focus on developmental education and explicit instruction
A willingness to infuse some of the principles of Universal Design for Instruction into tutoring practices
Experience with a TRIO program (or similar support program)
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Cover letter, resume, names/contact information for 2 references and an unofficial transcript are all required documents. However, if you do not have the ability to attach these documents electronically, you may mail paper copies to:
TRIO Student Support Services Program
Westfield State University
P.O. Box 1630
Westfield, MA 01086