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Literacy Specialist - Dougherty Family College
The University of St. Thomas

Date Posted May 1, 2019
Title Literacy Specialist - Dougherty Family College
University The University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Literacy Specialist – Dougherty Family College

Posted Date
1 hour ago(5/1/2019 1:06 PM)

Number of Openings

Closing Date
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Type of Search

Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Position Number


Dougherty Family College

FLSA Status

Employment Type
Full-Time Staff

Assigned Months per Year

Benefits Eligible


Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. St. Thomas is one of the largest and oldest Catholic colleges or universities in the United States and is the largest private college or university in Minnesota. The University emphasizes values-centered, career-oriented education, and offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 90 major and 60 minor fields of study. Additionally, the university offers more than 60 graduate degree programs in seven academic schools and colleges. Its graduate programs lead to masters, education specialist, juris doctorate and doctoral degrees.

Now in its 131st year, St. Thomas has evolved from humble beginnings as a men’s seminary and college into a comprehensive coeducational university. The University seeks to be a recognized leader in Catholic higher education that excels in effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible engagement with the local community, as well as with the national and global communities. Even with its growth, St. Thomas continues to focus on the needs of individual students and fulfill its mission to educate them "to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good."

As a community, the University of St. Thomas is committed to:

Pursuit of truth – We value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas.
Academic excellence – We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking.
Faith and reason – We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture.
Dignity – We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community.
Diversity – We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
Personal attention – We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.
Gratitude – We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God.


The University of St. Thomas invites applications for a full-time, 11-month Literacy Specialist position. The Literacy Specialist will provide one-on-one and small group reading and writing tutoring for students in the Dougherty Family College. Given that many of our students are multilingual, the Literacy Specialist will need to have expertise in working with ESL students. In addition, the Literacy Specialist will provide embedded classroom reading and writing support with collaboration with faculty. The Literacy Specialist will conduct ongoing reading and writing labs/workshops in the Scholars Resource Center. Finally, the Literacy Specialist will play a critical role in coordinating the reading and writing assessments of our scholars at DFC.

The Literacy Specialist will design and coordinate culturally responsive academic support for students in academic writing, critical reading, and communication; collaborate with the Math Specialist in running the Scholars Resource Center; supervise undergraduate and graduate tutors. We seek individuals with a record of success in college-level teaching or working in a literacy and/or writing center, and with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


We are seeking highly motivated, innovative and creative educators who will provide intensive academic reading and writing support to students. The Literacy Specialist is expected to be on campus and available to students Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (some days include extended evening hours for reading and writing support).

Required Bachelor’s degree in English, writing, literacy, or a closely related discipline. Required TESOL certificate or completion of an ESL degree program. Minimum three years of tutoring or teaching experience. Master’s degree in English, writing, literacy, or a closely related discipline preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.


The Literacy Specialist in the Dougherty Family College will receive a competitive compensation package and comprehensive employee benefits. This is a 11-month non-faculty/non-tenure renewable position (August-June).


The University of St. Thomas will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. With respect to religion and creed, as permitted by law, the university reserves the right to exercise discretion in employment decisions to employ persons who share and are committed to the values and mission of the university.


Application Deadline: May 31, 2019. Applications should be submitted online at and include the following: cover letter; CV that includes at least three references who can specifically address the candidate’s teaching and/or literacy and writing center experience; and a one-page, single-spaced statement that presents the candidate’s philosophy of teaching and tutoring underrepresented students in reading and writing.

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