Teacher Education Recruitment and Retention Programs Coordinator

College of Education

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks to hire a Teacher Education Recruitment and Retention Programs Coordinator. This is a twelve-month position that reports directly to the Dean of the College of Education, with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2010.  The primary purpose of this position is to develop, coordinate, and administer the recruitment and retention programs in the College for students of underrepresented diverse backgrounds and students interested in teaching in the high need shortage areas.  This person will be responsible for assisting the College in its mission to increase the number of students of color in teacher education and to increase the supply of teachers in areas of shortage (currently math, science, special education, ESL/Bilingual/Bicultural education and library media).  We are seeking individuals who have significant knowledge, interest, and/or experience in college recruitment, program planning, and academic advising.  The successful candidate will be able to work cooperatively across campus to assist staff, faculty and administration in the recruitment and retention efforts that are part of the Teacher Education Initiative and Diversity Initiatives established by the University.  


Primary Responsibilities


Develop, coordinate and administer recruitment and retention programs to bring students from underrepresented diverse backgrounds and students interested in teaching in the high need shortage areas into the College of Education.


Assist in the development of a network of relationships with K-12 schools and community agencies to identify and encourage minority students to enter the field of teaching, especially in the high need areas.


Promote, assist and advise various student support services on campus to collaboratively recruit and retain minority students and students in high needs areas so that they may succeed in the College’s teacher education programs.


Provide general advising and support services for minority students and students enrolled in high need areas of teaching.  Assist faculty with advising programs. 


Establish a relationship with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to find and secure sources of extramural funding to support recruitment and retention programs in fulfilling the Teacher Education Initiative.


Provide support and advisement to the College administration in all areas related to recruitment and retention programs, curricular planning and strategic planning related to diversity and teaching in the high need areas




·         Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred

·         Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse populations

·         Ability to work well with faculty, staff, students and potential students and their families

·         Previous experience in a post-secondary institution in recruitment or admissions preferred

·         Knowledge of or experience with pre-service teacher education programs and teacher licensing issues

·         Evidence of creative and innovative approaches to program design, problem-solving, implementation, and evaluation

·         Excellent organizational skills

·         Proficiency with computer skills including Microsoft Office and web-based applications


University and Community: Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is a premier, public regional comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 10,500 students in 43 undergraduate majors and 13 master’s degree programs.   The university offers high-quality, career-oriented programs integrated with a model general education curriculum.  UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin-System.  Located in a community of 12,000 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago.


To Apply:


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position, a resume, copies of all transcripts (may be unofficial), and the names and contact information for five professional references electronically to: kinsonl@uww.edu.  Please indicate that you are applying for the “Teacher Education Recruitment and Retention Programs Coordinator” in the body of the email. 


Questions regarding this position should be addressed to the search chair, Dr. Tom Ganser, gansert@uww.edu, 262-472-1123.


Review of applications will begin December 01, 2009 and the position will remain open until filled.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an AA/EEO employer.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.  Criminal background checks of finalists will be conducted.  Names of finalists will be released.