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School of Natural Sciences Living Learning Community House Fellow, Carson House - Sustainable Futures: AY 2018-2019

Recruitment Period

Open May 7th, 2018 through May 30th, 2019


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 Assistant Dean 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.

Carson House - Sustainable Futures
UC Merced provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a sustainable economic, social and environmental way of living that preserves the ability of current and future generations to meet their and others' needs. Our faculty, staff and students embrace this opportunity and are building sustainability into every aspect of the campus. Our Community provides opportunities to engage with this campus vision and to explore the positive roles that individuals, teams, and societies play in interacting with and protecting the environment. We seek to deepen our sense of place and build the skills needed to create sustainable futures through partnerships on campus and in the surrounding area.

HF Key Responsibilities:
• Develop and coordinate LLC-specific learning and networking activities
• Support Welcome Week programming
• Lead instruction of two sections of a one-unit first year seminar for LLC residents
• Attend monthly meetings with the Natural Sciences Living and Learning Community Advisory Committee
• 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-monthly with Residential Assistant and Residence Life Coordinator to discuss and address community concerns
• Communicate regularly with other House Fellows to share experiences and best practices
• Attend 5-6 teaching and/or mentoring workshops offered by CETL each academic year
• 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 $41,306.00. 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, Meal Plan ($500 per semester), and Parking costs 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 2018-2019 salary scale.

Review of applications will begin on or after 5/21/2018; the position is open until filled with a final closing date of 05/30/2019.

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)

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