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Lobo Reading Experience Graduate Assistant Position Summary

Graduate Assistantship (GA)




Position Summary

This .25 FTE Graduate Assistantship Assistant is an opportunity for a graduate student to coordinate the logistics of the 2017-2018 Lobo Reading Experience, and to contribute to the vision of this program.

The Lobo Reading Experience is an initiative of the Provost’s Office, and was created as a common academic reading program at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The program has been created for all students to offer a common reading experience that fosters a sense of community while promoting reading as an entire campus and a city-wide effort that promotes literacy. By selecting books that touch on important social issues and current events, the common reading experience informs and transforms our community. Goals of the program include:

  • Encourage students to engage with diverse perspectives on current political, economic, social, and cultural issues raised by the Lobo Reading selection.
  • The Lobo Reading Experience will help incoming students develop the critical thinking, intellectual, and social skills needed to be successful through the transition to UNM.
  • Provide a transformative educational experience for all UNM students and inspire students to become agents of change in their communities.
  • Promote cross-campus discussions with in and out-of-the-classroom activities throughout the academic year.
  • Empower faculty, staff, and students to create and shape productive dialogue and create effective learning environments.

The 2017-2018 Lobo Reading Experience selection is Just Mercy. This memoir, written by renowned attorney and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, is an exceptional story of how the experiences of one young, college student can affect change for an entire country. This memoir demonstrates that each individual has an opportunity to make a lasting and substantial social change. This interesting and highly motivating read will undoubtedly spur the inner social justice advocates within the Lobo Community.  Just Mercy is a timely selection that will encourage campus-wide conversations that will allow our students to grow their identity as emerging, socially conscious scholars who have the tools to participate in dialogues present on our campus and in this country. Just Mercy will not only be integrated into classrooms, but also will be brought to life through campus wide events.

The LRE 2017-2018 GA will work closely with Center for Teaching & Learning staff to support programming and events surrounding the 2017-2018 LRE, and contribute to ongoing discussions on how to best support and promote this program. In particular, the LRE 2017-2018 GA will perform the following responsibilities:

  • Acts as a liaison among departments, faculty, and instructors who have adapted the book for use in the classroom.
  • Coordinates the planning of activities across campus centered on this book.
  • Promotes and advertises activities open to the campus community.
  • Creates new and gathers existing curricular materials for instructors who can adapt for use in their classroom.
  • Maintains a social media presence promoting the book and activities to the campus community.

Requirements for Consideration

  • Be a graduate student in good academic standing, enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in a post-baccalaureate program at the University of New Mexico
  • Be available to work during Fall 2017 (August - December) and Spring 2018 (January - May)
  • Be able to work 10 hours a week during the Fall and Spring semesters

Preferred Qualifications

  • Scholarly background and professional goals in alignment with the position
  • Excellent oral, written, electronic, and interpersonal communication skills
  • High level of professionalism
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, initiative, ability to work independently, and enthusiasm for learning and literacy
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse team of peers and professionals
  • Ability to communicate with and value people with diverse academic skills, cultural backgrounds, and approaches to learning
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office -Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience designing promotional materials
  • Experience creating instructional materials
  • Awareness of cross-curricular interests
  • Ability to work in digital environments, including but not limited to social media platforms, learning management systems (such as UNM Learn), virtual chat rooms, etc.