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School of Natural Sciences Living Learning Community House Fellow, Aristotle House, AY 2019-2020

Recruitment Period

Open February 8th, 2019 through Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Housing Fellow (HF) is an academic year, live-in position working 18-20 hours per week. The Housing Fellow’s primary functions are to build a safe and inclusive learning community for residents of the Living Learning Community (LLC) and to support the academic mission of the University of California, Merced and the School of Natural Sciences. Emphasis is given to mentoring first-year residents, coordinating educational programmatic initiatives, facilitating campus referrals, and coordinating campus partnerships. The Housing Fellow will work with a Faculty Advisor for the LLC and the Living Learning Community Lead of the School of Natural Sciences to develop programming relevant to their residential community. Programming will include an emphasis in community development and opportunities for individualized experiences during the Fall semester and career and major exploration during the Spring semester.

Aristotle House - Leadership, Education, Service
The Aristotle House will broadly explore the three pillars of Leadership, Education and Service in the Natural Sciences. This living and learning community (LLC) is committed to helping students hone their leadership skills, develop life-long friendships, engage in community outreach and explore careers in all facets of education. Students in this LLC are passionate about making a difference in this world through active leadership, education and service.

HF Key Responsibilities:
• Develop and coordinate LLC-specific learning and networking activities
• Support campus-wide events, including Welcome Week, Move-In Day, Homecoming, and Bobcat Day
• Lead instruction of two sections of a one-unit first year seminar for LLC scholars each semester
•Meet weekly with LLC Lead, Director of Housing, and Residence Life Coordinator to address LLC concerns
• Facilitate student referrals to campus services and resources
• Host five hours of weekly drop-in office hours in the residence halls
• Coordinate small group tutoring and study sessions among residents
• Coordinate social activities for the LLC residents with the assistance of the
Residential Assistant
• Maintain and submit records, including data for program evaluation and student learning assessment
• Meet bi-weekly with Natural Sciences and Housing and Residence Life staff to discuss and address community concerns
• Communicate regularly with other House Fellows to share experiences and best practices
• Participate in teaching, mentoring, and intervention best practices workshops as provided
• Other duties as assigned

Housing Fellows will be hired under a Teaching Assistant Payroll Title. The University of California Teaching Assistants are represented by the UAW-AFL-CIO.

Salary is based on an annual full-time salary of $42,546.00. TAs will not be appointed for more than 50% time during the Fall & Spring semesters.

Qualifications (must meet all listed qualifications):
• Must be a registered UC Merced PhD student in full-time residence (registered for 12 units per term appointed)
• Academically eligible to hold the appointment (per UC Merced's Graduate Policies & Procedures Handbook)
• Qualified candidates will have familiarity with residence hall communities
• Skills in collaboration, judgement and decision-making; Ability to identify problems and implement flexible, creative solutions
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening
• Ability to balance and maintain multiple, competing priorities
Interested applicants are required to submit:
• Resume
• Letter of Intent
• Letter of Support from current faculty advisor
• Copy of transcripts (unofficial)

Due to the position expectations, the selected candidate’s Room & Board will be provided during the term of the appointment. In addition, the Housing Fellow will receive a 50% Teaching Assistant appointment, to be compensated in accordance with the 2019-2020 salary scale.

Review of applications will begin on or after 03/18/2019; the position is open until 03/15/2019

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Resume - Your most recently updated resume

  • Letter of Intent

  • Letter of Support - Letter of support from current faculty advisor.

  • Copy of Transcripts (unofficial)