Student Success Professional

Student Success Professional
Two Lecturer Positions Available
First-Generation Specialist/Lecturer and Ichabod Ignite Specialist/Lecturer

Washburn University invites applications for two Student Success Professional Lecturer positions available. The University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention seek applicants for the First-Generation Specialist/Lecturer and the Ichabod Ignite Specialist/Lecturer who will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment in the Center for Student Success and Retention, emphasizing the successful transition of First-Generation students, students enrolled in the Ichabod Ignite program, and all Washburn students into the University. NASPA nationally recognizes Washburn University as one of its inaugural First Forward institutions for its work with First-Generation students. These are full-time, 12-month positions. Submitted application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, or service.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for First-Generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,800 undergraduate, graduate and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are First-Generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The university has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive curriculum. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to students from diverse backgrounds, a dedication to the development of inclusive pedagogies and the core value of inclusion.

The Student Success Professional provides direct service and support to First-Generation or Ichabod Ignite students through comprehensive academic and career planning from the point of admission to graduation. The Student Success Professional provides individualized and group learning strategy support, mentoring and graduation planning to students, monitors student progress towards degree, planning and offering interventions as required, and will teach assigned sections.

To learn more about First-Generation initiatives at Washburn University, please visit , and to learn about the Ichabod Ignite program, visit .

Responsibilities :

The responsibilities require a commitment to accurate, proactive, and responsive advising services with the ability to work effectively independently and in teams.

Provide guidance and mentoring to optimize the student experience of First-Generation students and, in turn, improve their student retention rates and on-time graduation.

Deliver services related to orientation, registration, assessment of learning, referral and facilitates student engagement in academic and career planning activities and the life of the university.

Serve an active role in the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, including but not limited to teaching assigned sections of WU101, WU105, WU115 & WU120. Teach one-shot academic workshops focused upon First-Generation or Ichabod Ignite students to help them adapt to the college experience and discover academic success at Washburn.

Develop and deliver presentations to students, faculty and staff to educate them about various programs, policies, and issues related to First-Generation student success.

Pursue professional development opportunities focused on improving academic advising to enhance knowledge and expand effectiveness as a Student Success Professional and member of the CSSR staff.

Serve as a Faculty Advisor to the First-Generation Living Learning Community in collaboration with Residential Living and the WeAreF1rst student organization. Act as an active member of internal unit teams, CSSR and University committees.

Effectively use the Navigate Student Success Software.


  • A master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively independently and in teams
  • Proven experience working effectively with individuals of varying academic preparation and from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience demonstrated by course work or classroom experience in teaching or college transition programs

  • Experience with assessment of student learning
  • Experience in Academic Advising
  • First-Generation background
  • Spanish fluency

Application Procedures:

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a letter describing interest in this position that includes a vision for First-Generation students at Washburn University, a personal teaching philosophy, contact information for three professional references and copies of transcripts. In addition, application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, or service. Submit electronic applications in PDF format to Ms. Lori Rognlie at with "Student Success Professional: First-Generation Specialist/Lecturer Search" or "Student Success Professional: Ichabod Ignite Specialist/Lecturer Search" in the subject line. Review of applications begins August 4, 2021, and continues until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire. Official transcripts are required once hired. To learn more about Washburn University, visit or direct questions to Search Committee Chair Dr. Jennifer Wiard at

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Washburn University is an EOE. Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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