Undergraduate Learning Community


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Job Opening

IRW Undergraduate Learning Community Coordinator, 2015-16

The Institute for Research on Women (IRW) is looking for an advanced Rutgers graduate student (ABD required) with prior teaching experience (including syllabus design and implementation), excellent organizational and communication skills, and a background in scholarship on women, gender and sexuality to design, coordinate, and implement its Undergraduate Learning Community in close collaboration with the IRW Director and Associate Director. The IRW Learning Community enables a small group of students from diverse campuses and disciplines to learn how to conduct scholarly research on topics linked to the IRW’s annual theme. Students receive individualized mentoring from the Learning Community Coordinator as well as from faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars affiliated with the IRW. They attend IRW Distinguished Lectures, develop research projects and give a public presentation at the end of each semester. Much of the learning community’s work takes place in an intimate, seminar-style setting that is fundamentally collaborative.

The IRW Learning Community theme for 2015-2016 will be “Social Justice and Inequalities,” and the Learning Community itself will be connected to the IRW annual theme of “Poverty.”During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Learning Community Coordinator will be responsible for program design, recruitment, application review and orientation of the 15-20 juniors and seniors who will comprise the IRW Learning Community each semester. Throughout the year, the Coordinator will oversee the pedagogy and administration of the seminar-style class, leading discussions before and after the Distinguished Lectures, organizing other relevant learning community activities (such as meetings with IRW seminar fellows and other guest speakers, organizing field trips), supervising student research projects, designing and implementing appropriate evaluation measures, coordinating a public presentation of student projects, and preparing all necessary reports and evaluations. The Learning Community Coordinator will also attend and participate in IRW seminar discussions on Thursday mornings. The Learning Community Coordinator will report to the IRW’s Associate Director.

The time commitment will be 20 hours a week during the academic year, and the pay will be $9,200 each semester as wages of labor (an hourly rate of $23). The position will start on August 15, 2015.


  • Teaching experience
  • ABD required
  • Familiarity with discipline-specific and/or interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender and sexuality
  • Administrative experience, or evidence of excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations of undergraduate students, staff and faculty
  • Attention to detail and to weekly logistical deadlines
  • Familiarity with university procedures desired.


Submit a letter of application and C.V. including the names, affiliations, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees. At least one of the referees should be able to discuss the applicant's teaching. Please send the letter of application and C.V. as email attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Application for LC Coordinator” in the subject line. Please apply as soon as possible but no later than Monday, May 4, 2015. Please contact Dr. Sarah Tobias, the Associate Director of IRW, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 848-932-9072 if you have any questions.


Institute for Research on Women (IRW) Learning Community Coordinator

Oversee the Learning Community

  • Convene 12 LC meetings on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., including attendance at and participation in all IRW afternoon lectures (3 Thursdays per semester, 4:30-6:30 p.m.) with LC members.
  • Organize and lead discussions with LC members before and after three IRW lectures each semester to build comprehension of how the information presented relates to students’ LC interests and projects.
  • Develop ongoing mentoring relationships with LC participants both as a group and individually.
  • Act as an academic and professional role model.
  • Coordinate LC Scholar final projects and LC Scholar-Faculty mentoring program.
  • Organize and host final project presentations each semester.
  • Organize other LC related events.
  • Use Sakai for group communications.

 Program Outreach/Evaluation

  • Design outreach materials (advertisements, applications, etc.) and organize, publicize and lead recruitment efforts.
  • Communicate with the Director of Learning Communities, and relevant departments, offices and student organizations about IRW Learning Community.
  • Create evaluation mechanisms and collect evaluation data related to Learning Community goals and objectives and write evaluation reports and summaries of LC activities.
  • Make program adjustments and recommendations to improve future student satisfaction, learning and engagement.
  • Maintain records regarding LC meetings, student participation, LC Scholar evaluations, etc.
  • Position requires attention to detail and the capacity to meet weekly logistical deadlines as well as a high degree of professionalism.
  • Proficiency with word processing, email software and familiarity with University procedures required.

Collaboration with IRW and University–at-Large

  • Attend and participate in IRW seminar discussions (Thursdays, 10:30 - 1 p.m.).
  • Network with IRW Seminar Fellows to create mentoring relationships with LC Scholars, involving them in LC meetings.
  • In conjunction with IRW Director and Associate Director, plan, organize and lead LC activities (e.g., social activities, team-building activities, field trips, service learning and/or research activities).
  • Work with IRW staff, the Director of Learning Communities, and many University departments to arrange publicity and organize logistics (food, room reservations, etc.) for LC meetings and events.
  • Meet weekly with IRW Associate Director.
  • Attend periodic meetings with IRW staff to report on LC developments, activities.
  • Write a brief summary of all LC activities for inclusion in the IRW’s Annual Report.
  • Represent the LC at other IRW or University functions.

Contact Us

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Institute for Research on Women

160 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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