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Montana State University Academic Support Learning Specialist in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22334

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kayla Ouert atkayla.ouert@montana.eduor 406-994-4411

Classification Title Student Support Specialist

Working Title Academic Support Learning Specialist

Brief Position Overview

Provide academic support to Montana medical students in the WWAMI Program to help them master the material necessary for becoming a physician. Utilize evidence-based learning science to improve student outcomes. Work with faculty to provide coordinated support for students in need of improvement.

Position Number 4C0516

Department WWAMI Medical Educ Program

Division WWAMI Medical Education Program

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE .5

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The WWAMI Medical Education Program provides education at MSU Bozeman for first and second year medical students in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with all first-year medical students to determine their current learning strategies and help them adapt these to the demands of medical school. This may involve:

  • Time management

  • Efficient previewing and reviewing of information

  • Encoding and memory techniques

  • Flipped classroom techniques

  • Test-taking strategies, including managing test anxiety

  • Stress management

  • Step 1 Licensing Exam Prep

  • Meet with all second-year students to develop a study plan for the Step 1 Licensing Exam

  • Stay current with latest Step 1 exam prep resources

  • Be available extra hours during January, February, March to advise students.

  • With all students:

  • Monitor grades on weekly or biweekly tests; reach out as necessary.

  • Provide referrals to meet with faculty, tutors, mental health counseling, medical consultants, disability services, and career advising as needed

  • Give 6 presentations/year to students on academic skills, preparing for board exams, resources, timelines for completion.

  • Participate in faculty meetings to stay updated on curriculum changes; and to update others on current trends, available services, and resources.

  • Participate in student progress meetings with faculty at the end of each semester.

  • Attend monthly Academic Support Meetings with Learning Specialists at other WWAMI sites.

  • Attend professional development trainings

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Graduate degree in medicine, education, counseling, psychology or other related discipline

  • Experience advising students and/or teaching, preferably at the graduate or professional school level

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Advising or counseling experience

  • Teaching experience

  • Medical School Experience

  • Experience advising medical students or taking medical board exams

  • Doctoral degree in relevant discipline (e.g. medicine, education, counseling, etc.)

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have demonstrated commitment to student success

  • Have a desire to learn about and implement best practices in the field

  • Have the flexibility to arrange work hours to accommodate student schedules

  • Build good relationships with students and faculty

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 16, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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