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University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Position Number: 4619746
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Position Type: Disability Services
Position Summary
This position will provide specialized academic counseling to medical students located on its Chicago campus. The Academic Learning Specialist will be part of the Chicago campus academic support team reporting to the Executive Director of Academic Services and Chicago/College-wide Deans, also while working collaboratively with all academic support teams across the three UICOM campuses to ensure that direct service of students is integrated, and equitably available to all UICOM students. The Academic Learning Specialist will engage students, individually and with group learning activities, at all phases of the medical school curriculum: pre-clerkship, clerkship, and preparation for practice, including preparation for USMLE Step and clerkship examinations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with individual UICOM-Chicago students assisting with learning and study strategies to optimize their learning.

  • Set clear expectations for student performance and monitor the continued success of each student.

  • Assist students to develop individualized study and remediation plans, including timelines.

  • Maintain student records in compliance with FERPA and keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and other communications as appropriate.

  • Seek out new and innovative curricula, texts, and technological applications to benefit student learning.

  • Provide hands-on learning skills training to include test-taking, study, reading, critical thinking/reading, as well as a strong emphasis on psych-social skills and executive functioning as identified during interviewing/coaching, evaluation, and assessment of UICOM-Chicago medical students.

  • Assess students for learning issues and assist them in remediation of identified issues.

  • Develop, facilitate, and deliver proactive workshops addressing personal, academic, and clinical experience issues commonly experienced by students.

  • Maintain database systems for tracking students and issues pertinent to the success of each student and proper documentation of student study plans, visit/session notes, and exam scores.

  • Assist in the development and facilitation of strategies to prepare students for board/licensure exams.

  • Assist with the administration of the peer mentoring programs, study workshops, and other orientation/UICOM event activities.

  • May provide classroom instruction for non-clinical elective courses at the College.

  • Assist with residency or student application issues, CV (resumes) and personal statement development as well as review prior to submission, as applicable to the program.

  • Screen for and manage/refer issues that interfere with learning: attention difficulties, depression/anxiety, test-anxiety, burnout, personal problems; learning issues etc.

  • Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.

  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Doctoral degree in Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Higher Education, or a related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience in academic and/or career counseling in a higher education setting preferred.
Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Higher Education, or a related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience in academic and/or career counseling in a higher education setting is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • College level Teaching Experience is preferred but not required.

  • Experience in student affairs/individual/group coaching or counseling is strongly preferred.

  • Experience using diagnostic educational and learning tools. Assessments related to achievement, intellectual functioning, attention, test anxiety, DSM-V criteria, learning styles and career development; including but not limited to: WAIS, Woodcock-Johnson, Nelson-Denny, Myers Briggs, LASSI is preferred but not required.

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