November 28, 2016


Subject:    Call for Applications --- Faculty Director, Sophomore Boost Program 2017

The Summer Success Program Steering Committee is inviting applications for the inaugural Faculty Director position for the Sophomore Boost Program, a novel summer success program for raising UC San Diego sophomore students.

As part of a comprehensive educational initiative to support undergraduate student achievement at UC San Diego, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor is supporting the development of faculty-led Summer Success Programs. These are programs specifically designed to advance students' educational success at UC San Diego (see for example: OASIS Summer Bridge: The overarching goals of summer success programs are to increase students' retention, time-to-degree, and overall success at UC San Diego. As part of UC San Diego's Summer Session these programs are designed either as pre-matriculation academic opportunities for freshmen and transfer students or as fourth-quarter type (summer) programs for continuing students.

The Summer Success Program Steering Committee is seeking an innovative and energetic academic senate faculty member - including those in the Teaching Professor series - interested in providing leadership and vision for developing a new program, the Sophomore Boost Program. The Boost Program is a structured academic summer program for students who entered as freshmen in Fall 2016. The program will take place during Summer Session I and II 2017. Students participating in the Boost Program are expected to enroll in one course each in Summer Session I and II (e.g., lower div. math courses) for a total of 8 units. All courses count toward graduation requirements and UC GPA. The overarching goal for the Sophomore Boost Program is to promote students' academic and social success.

In consultation with the Summer Success Programs Steering Committee and in partnership with the Teaching + Learning Commons, the office of the Assistant VC for Student Retention and Success, and the Career Center, the Faculty Director is expected to develop specific program details for the four distinct components to the Boost Program: academic opportunities (e.g., summer session courses), advising, counseling and social resources (e.g., working with success coaches and college advisors), academic resources (e.g., supplemental-to-instruction and tutoring, personalized learning assessments and goal setting, study skills instruction), and employment (identifying on-campus employment opportunities).

Overall, the Director of the Sophomore Boost Program will ensure the effective implementation of the program. He or she will be responsible for achieving efficient coordination and communication among all involved units. The Faculty Director reports to and interacts with the Summer Success Program Steering Committee via the committee chair. He or she will attend regular meetings for directors set by the Summer Success Programs Steering Committee. Compensation will be one month of summer salary.

Faculty interested in this position should submit an application by Friday, December 9, 2016 to

Gabriele Wienhausen
Faculty Director,
Teaching + Learning Commons
Chair, Summer Success Program
Steering Committee