First-Generation Specialist/Lecturer and Ichabod Ignite Specialist/Lecturer

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time

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 positions who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment at the Center for Student Success and Retention. These positions emphasize the successful transition of First-Generation students, students enrolled in the Ichabod Ignite program, and all students into Washburn University. NASPA nationally recognizes Washburn as one of its inaugural First Forward institutions for its work with First-Generation students. 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, Kansas. We have earned national recognition for our 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 our students are First-Generation and Pell-Grant eligible. Washburn 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 candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to students from diverse backgrounds, the core value of inclusion, and a dedication to the development of inclusive pedagogies.

These Student Success Professionals provide direct service and support to First-Generation or Ichabod Ignite students from the point of admission to graduation. To learn more about First-Generation initiatives at Washburn University please visit and to learn about the Ichabod Ignite program visit

Responsibilities :

Provide direct service and support to First-Generation or Ichabod Ignite students through comprehensive academic and career planning. The responsibilities require a commitment to accurate, proactive, and responsive advising services with the ability to work independently and in teams.

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

Provide individualized and group learning strategy support related to orientation, registration, assessment of learning, and facilitating student engagement in academic and career planning activities.

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 on 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 for the WeAreF1rst student organization.

Act as an active member of internal unit teams, CSSR, and University committees.

Effectively use the Navigate Student Success Software.

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution by August 15, 2022.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and in teams.
  • Proven experience working with individuals of varying academic preparation and from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience in teaching or college transition programs demonstrated by course work or classroom experience.
  • 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. The review of applications begins Monday, October 25, 2021, and continues until the positions are filled. The successful candidates 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 . Direct questions to the Screening 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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