The Learning Specialist provides intensive academic support to assigned student-athletes across all sports. Responsibilities include providing one-on-one and small group instruction in study skills and learning strategies to student-athletes and developing academic programming and materials for student-athletes struggling to meet academic standards. The Learning Specialist specializes in working with the high risk student-athlete population including students with learning disabilities and students who are academically under prepared. The person will have responsibility for assisting student-athletes by developing individual learning and study plans, and by identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational learning programs and activities for selected student-athletes. The person will collaborate and communicate closely with other ASPSA staff members including learning specialists, academic counselors, and tutor coordinators. The individual will also assess the academic readiness of prospective student-athletes and serve as liaison to campus-wide offices related to learning resources for students. Some evening and weekend work is required; some travel may be expected. The person must follow and comply with all NCAA, ACC, and University policies and procedures.
- Master’s degree or post-Baccalaureate degree required. - A minimum of two years of experience working in special education, counseling, academic support programs, or related field. - Knowledge of best practices in undergraduate student retention and familiarity with issues related to student-athletes’ academic progress and transition issues. - Experience working with diverse student populations and at-risk students. - Nightly and weekend work required, all year round. - Demonstrated effectiveness working collaboratively with staff and colleagues. Preferred: - Demonstrated experience as a learning specialist working with student-athletes within a college or university environment. - Knowledge of current research and proven strategies to work with at-risk students and students with diagnosed disabilities. - Knowledge of learning disability diagnostic tools and learning strategies related to supporting students with learning disabilities. - Advanced written and oral communication skills - Experience working with NCAA policies.
The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) reports directly to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and is uniquely positioned to collaborate with faculty, the Department of Athletics and the campus community to support student-athletes as they excel in the classroom and compete in athletics. The ASPSA helps student-athletes explore their academic interests and ab...ilities as well as provides numerous academic services including tutoring, secondary academic and career advising, assistance with University and NCAA eligibility, and coordination of academic honors and awards. In addition to the Director/Assistant Provost, the ASPSA staff includes 12 academic counselors, three learning specialists, and an office manager. ASPSA staff work together to guide and support student-athletes throughout their career at Carolina, beginning with an introduction to academics at UNC during the recruiting process through graduation and beyond. All incoming student-athletes, as well as those in need of more intensive academic support, participate in the My Academic Plan (MAP) program. Academic counselors and learning specialists work with each student-athlete to customize his or her MAP based on academic preparedness, course schedule, and individual need.Tutoring is available to all student-athletes. The ASPSA employs over 90 tutors each semester with individual, small group, and large group sessions scheduled Sunday through Thursday.