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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 33 - June 13, 1996


COMPUTER SCIENCE. Instructor. Begins August 1996. Full-time position: one-year contract. Candidates should have at least one graduate degree in computer science or a related discipline, and be able to teach a range of undergraduate courses. Application deadline is June 7, 1996, or until position is filled. Please send letter of application and vita to Dr. John M. Carroll, Department Head, Computer Science, 660 McBryde Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0106.


DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT. Department Head. The head has a leadership role related to the department's missions of research, instruction, and Extension/outreach in a comprehensive land-grant university. The department currently includes programs in adult development and aging, adult learning and human resource development, child development including early childhood education, family studies, human services, and marriage and family therapy. The College of Human Resources is merging with the College of Education, providing the new department head an opportunity to play an essential role in shaping the new college. Willingness to enter a dynamic situation and skills involved in directing and managing change are essential. Applicants should have a doctorate and a scholarly record that qualifies for tenure at the rank of professor in an area relevant to the department. Preference will be given to applicants with previous administrative experience, including program development, personnel, budget, and external relations. Starting date is July 1, 1997. Review of applications begins Sept. 15, 1996 and continues until the position is filled. Send nominations as soon as possible. Send application materials, including cover letter outlining qualifications, resume, and list of references to Dr. Rosemary Blieszner, Chair, FCD Head Search Committee, c/o Office of the Dean, College of Human Resources and Education, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0426. Make inquiries to (540) 231-5437 or rmb@vt.edu.

UNIVERSITY UNIONS AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES. Coordinator for Student Organization Finance. This is a 12-month professional faculty position on the Blacksburg campus with full state benefits. The coordinator works with other staff members in the Office of Leadership and Student Organization Programs to provide support and leadership development programs for Virginia Tech's 460 student organizations. The coordinator chairs the Student Budget Board, which distributes student activity fee funding to student groups for their programs and activities. The coordinator also supervises the manager of central accounting and oversees accounting procedures for student-organization funds. The second major responsibility of this position is to act as a liaison to the Graduate Student Assembly and to work on issues of concern to graduate students in general. The coordinator reports to the associate director for student activities. Qualifications: A master's degree in student affairs or a related area, excellent communication skills, and computer literacy, including familiarity with one or more accounting systems, are required. Experience in budgeting/accounting, and experience working with college student organizations desired. Salary: $23,000-25,000, commensurate with experience. Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on June 24, 1996 and continue until a successful candidate is selected. Application procedure: Send a letter of application and a resume including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to: Ms. Clarresa M. Morton, Associate Director, University Unions and Student Activities, 221 Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0138. Phone 1-5005. TTY 1-800-828-1120. Fax 1-5430.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID. Athletic Aid Coordinator. Internal search. The university is seeking an athletic aid coordinator who will report to an assistant director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. This is a professional faculty position, with the primary duty being the administration of financial aid for scholarship and non-scholarship student athletes to ensure compliance with NCAA, federal, state, and institutional regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: acting as athletic aid liaison; maintaining accurate records relating to athletic scholarships; coordinating appeal procedures for athletic scholarship cancellations or non-renewals; and editing and updating the offices Athletic Aid Manual. This position also counsels parents and students on federal and state financial aid and assists with packaging financial aid awards. Requires a master's degree in a related field; preference given to applicants with three years previous financial-aid experience, preferably with experience with athletic aid and NCAA regulations, or other program responsibility. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; be able to organize, coordinate, and manage athletic and other financial aid awarding and compliance issues; excellent work ethic and a team player; strong interpersonal skills and computer literacy required. Application review will begin June 20, 1996, with an anticipated starting date of July 15, 1996. Salary $21,000. Submit a letter of application, resume, and three references to Mrs. Zelma H. Harris, Chair, Search Committee, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 222 Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0222.

TALENT SEARCH AND UPWARD BOUND PROGRAMS. Counselors. Two positions available. Travel required in a 13-county area of Southwest Virginia. Recruit, counsel, and assist middle and/or high-school students to complete middle and/or high school and enroll in postsecondary institutions. Disseminate information on postsecondary institutions and financial aid. Candidates with a master's degree in counseling, education, social work, or a related field and a demonstrated experience and sensitivity in working with diverse and at-risk populations will be given priority consideration. Good oral and written communication skills are essential. Knowledge of Southwest Virginia preferred. These positions are federally funded and are therefore restricted appointments. Screening of applications will begin June 21, 1996; however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Salary commensurate with experience ($25,500 maximum salary). Send resume and three current letters of reference to Ms. Jimmie Johnson, Director; Upward Bound/Talent Search Programs, Hillcrest Hall-Lower Level, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0146.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS. Public Affairs Manager, Northern Virginia. Serve as senior public-relations professional to develop, implement, and coordinate communications programming for the university's graduate program in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Duties will be fulfilled under the direction of the director of University Relations at Virginia Tech's main campus. Work with director of University Relations and director of Northern Virginia Center to develop and implement a comprehensive and strategically focused communication plan to promote awareness of the university's Northern Virginia Center programs. Counsel and advise senior administrators on media relations. Serve as spokesperson for the center. Conceptualize, write, and edit a broad range of publications such as newsletters, flyers. Write news releases, brochures, and fact sheets. Manage and coordinate advertising activities for the center, including budgeting, conceptualization, copy writing, and media placement. Conceptualize or administer major special events for the Northern Virginia Center. Bachelor's degree in a communications discipline such a English, journalism, communications, or design. Work experience should include seven-10 years experience with a broad range of programs such as media relations, government relations, publications, community relations, investor relations, community affairs, or public involvement. Applicant must possess excellent writing skills for a diverse range of applications such as news writing, fund raising, or speech writing. Should have knowledge of modern news distribution techniques, as well as working knowledge of Internet, personal computers, and word-processing applications. Incumbent must possess excellent interpersonal skills and self-motivation. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and names of five references to Lawrence G. Hincker, Director, University Relations, 315 Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0229. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.