The Education Department invites candidates for the position of Graduate Assistant in the Urban Education Program. Duties include research and data collection related to accreditation, clerical activities related to the support and revision of course materials for existing and new courses, and the maintenance of records for the Education Department. The GA will be required to work a minimum of 25 hours per week, August through July, and receive a monthly stipend in addition to 21 hours of tuition remission.

• Assistance in with clerical activities related to clinical and student teacher placements
• Assistance in sending out and analyzing results from surveys
• Research for articles on specified topics related to urban education
• Assistance in the creation and revision of materials for class use, including PowerPoint presentations, checklists, and rubrics
• Clerical work such as copying and disseminating materials; filing; and preparing, editing, and revising documents
• Record keeping of the Education Department’s assessment information, course syllabi, and course scheduling
• Other duties as assigned

• Undergraduate degree
• Matriculated in the MAT Program
• Excellent computer skills and proficient in Microsoft Office

Please submit resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional references to

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Job Title:                   Security Communication Specialist, Part-time

Department:               Campus Safety & Security

Reports To:                Director, Campus Safety & Security


The Communication Specialist receives and responds to routine and emergency phone calls. Better known as the “Campus Operator,” this individual is often times the first contact by outside constituents and are the “first-impression” of the university. The Communication Specialist responds to specific requests for service/response directed to the University Safety & Security Department. This part-time positon works 11pm-7am with a shift differntial.  Must be available to work every Friday and Saturday. 

Rockford University is seeking a highly motivated and customer-service oriented individual. The position requires exceptional written and oral communication skills, the ability to use sound judgment in stressful situations as well as basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. (Word and Excel are required.)  

Qualified individuals must be able to multi-task, handle switchboard, emergency and security calls efficiently and deal tactfully and calmly with a wide variety of callers, including those reporting emergencies. Communication Specialists document calls, provide information, service and appropriately represent the University to all constituents. They must also have the ability to work flexible hours as coverage is provided around the clock. 

General Responsibilities include the following:

  • Determining the nature and importance of all phone call requests and initiating appropriate response actions;
  • Monitoring all internal office telephones, two-way radio communications, alarm and access control systems;
  • Inputting and retrieving information from several different Safety & Security databases, issuing parking stickers and maintaining database for distribution of stickers.
  • Receiving and distributing University keys to facilities and offices on campus.
  • Maintaining a detailed daily incident report log; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Commitment to good customer service;
  • High School diploma or the equivalent;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays
  • Ability to perform moderate physical activity;
  • Knowledge of University policies, procedures, and standard operating practices.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Communications Specialist may be required to perform the following physical requirements in the course of their normal duty shift: lift 25 Lbs; lift and bend; go up and down stairs; and be in good physical condition.


Candidates are subject to a full background investigation, including criminal history, verification of education, work experience, and references.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants should send their cover letter, including wage requirements, resume and list of three professional references to Human Resources at







The Director of Student Success and Retention is an integral member of the Enrollment Management Leadership Team and reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management. The primary emphasis of this position is to create and implement programs that will aid in student retention and persistence at Rockford University. This includes working with Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs, and Student Life staff to identify ways to support students and retain them through graduation.


The Director of Student Success and Retention is an integral member of the Enrollment Management Leadership Team and reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management.  The primary emphasis of this position is to create and implement programs that will aid in student retention and persistence at Rockford University.  This includes working with Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs, and Student Life staff to identify ways to support students and retain them through graduation.


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Provide vision and leadership in the development of policies, programs, and procedures related to the retention of students at Rockford University.
  • Develop an understanding of current issues that prevent students from having a successful university experience.
  • Collect and interpret data as it relates to retention.
  • Administer the College Student Inventory (CSI) and Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI).
  • Work with academic advisors and SAS to resolve student concerns regarding academic and financial aid issues.
  • Work closely with faculty, staff, and administration to broaden their understanding of student retention efforts and assist them in understanding the significant role they play in student retention and persistence.
  • Work with first year advisors to provide all first year students quality advisement.
  • Work closely with SAS and admissions for reporting retention data.
  • Track students and institutional concerns as well as measures taken to resolve concerns.
  • Chair the Student Intervention Team and determine best measures to assist individuals using a holistic approach.
  • Serve as a contributing member on university committees as assigned.
  • Assume other duties as delegated by the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Work with Students

  • Provide advocacy services to students who self-refer or who are referred by Rockford University faculty or staff.
  • Serve as a liaison between faculty and students.
  • Work with students who are conditionally admitted or who are placed on academic probation in developing a plan for success and to meet with them on a regular basis to monitor their progress. 
  • Assist students in adding/dropping/registering for classes when their academic advisor is not available.
  • Assist students who appeal academic dismissals or who petition to return to Rockford University for academic study.
  • Make appropriate referrals for students needing assistance from other campus offices (e.g., Lang Health, Wellness and Counseling, Disability Services, Center for Learning Strategies).

Professional development

  • Attend conferences and workshops related to student success and retention.
  • Keep current regarding student success and retention issues.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five years of experience in a related field.
  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi task.
  • High energy self-starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable in working both as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Strong PC skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access etc.

To Apply:

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, resume and a list of professional references to:


The Graduate Assistant for Student Activities will assist in the day to day operations in the area and will


The Graduate Assistant for Student Activities: Events, will assist in the day to day operations in the area and will report directly to the Director of Student Activities.  The primary emphasis of this position is to assist in the implementation of student programs with the goal to increase student involvement through social program.  Emphasis will be given to both commuter and residential students.  GA will be required to work an average of 25 hours per week.




  •   Spend time   becoming familiar with the programming efforts at RU
  •   Be knowledgeable   of the resources available on campus to all students
  •   Make student   referrals utilizing available resources
  •   Assist in the   preparation of all activities linked with CAB, Student Activities,       Orientation, Welcome Weeks, Family Weekend, Homecoming, April Weekend,     Sibling Weekend, etc.
  •   Complete specific   Orientation and Activity tasks assigned
  •   Assist director   throughout with programming and events
  •   Prepare and   send correspondence to students
  •   Assist in   scheduling student events
  •   Observe/shadow CAB   meetings with Director
  •   Hold meetings   while being observed by Director for constructive feedback
  •   Once Director   and GA feel comfortable, the GA may conduct meetings        unsupervised and will   have their own supervision load (CAB)
  •   Assist in gathering   data for month end and year end reports  
  •   Maintain Website/   Event Calendar/ Event Publicity
  •   Complete end of   semester status reports on programs and seek feedback for    next semester   programming
  •   Research “Best   Practices” in commuter students, future programs and other    topics as needed


  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree
  • Candidate will admitted into the MAT or MBA program     
  • Ideal candidate will have undergraduate experience in student life/student development and be familiar with co-curricular activities in higher education.
  • Must have knowledge of publisher, excel, and word; graphic design/ editing a plus.


  • Tuition remission up to 21 hours per year
  • Monthly stipend


Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter, resume and a list of professional references to:



Congratulations to our final ROCK SOLID REGENT for this semester, Faris Al-Yami. Faris is a freshmen nursing major from Najran, Saudi Arabia. He was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, Chair, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. Dr. Dik shared that Faris has done a superior job in his Math courses. He is always prepared and a regular participant in class discussions. Faris is helpful to his classmates in many ways. He helps others with course work and he also assists domestic students with understanding his culture.

Faris has served as a Global Ambassador and international student orientation leader, welcoming new students to the RU campus. The Office of Global Affairs shared that he is “always willing to lend a helping hand.” Additionally, Faris is the Vice President of the Saudi Arabian Club, a member of the Multicultural Club and a member of the Saudi Arabian Soccer Club.

RU has been a great place for Faris to study. He is appreciative of the closeness of the campus community and how people get the opportunity to really know each other well. Faris desires to be a great nurse and eventually become a top healthcare provider. Congratulations to our ROCK SOLID Regent, Faris Al-Yami.

Joshua Davis from Chicago, Illinois is our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the week. Joshua is a freshman computer science major and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik. He is an active participant on the football team as well as the Minority Male Mentoring Program. Dr. Dik describes Joshua as a “role model student in and outside of the classroom.” He is a servant to others which is displayed in his actions as he gladly helps many students on campus. His work in Math 224-Statistics has been exemplary and he currently holds the title “Statistics King.” This title is given to the most successful male student in the class.

Joshua appreciates the very close-knit community at RU. During his first year he has discovered that there are so many free resources available to students. He also is thankful that the faculty and staff are willing to help you in any way possible. After graduation from RU Joshua would like to pursue a career in the IT security field. Congratulations, Joshua, on being a ROCK SOLID REGENT!

Director of Counseling

04/21/2017 3:05 pm

Job Title:           Director of Counseling

Department:     Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling and Disability Support Services

Reports To:       Director of Lang Center

FLSA Status:     Exempt, 10 months and 2-3 days per week during summer

Prepared Date: February 2, 2017



Rockford University invites applicants for the position of Director of Counseling in the Lang Health Center.  The successful candidate will provide personal counseling and health education information to Rockford University students, faculty, and staff. Serve as the expert on counseling issues for the University and the interpretation of policy, procedures and regulations. Will work collaboratively with the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator to provide information, education and training with regard to Title IX issues.  This position will provide consultation with regard to the complex dynamic of Title IX issues and support for those affected. This position is housed under the banner of Student Life – Lang Center and is supervised by Director of Lang Center.  The Director position is an exempt position, averaging 30 hours per week with fulltime benefits upon hire, including tuition remission for employee, spouse/domestic partner and dependents.


  • Provide one-on-one counseling to students, case notation and appropriate documentation of visits
  • Supervise personal counselor, adjunct counselor and counseling interns
  • Refer and advocate on behalf of clients. Keep informed of on and off campus resources
  • Provide mental health information and prevention/intervention strategies to campus community
  • Provide alcohol/drug use/abuse prevention information and strategies to campus community and participate in alcohol trainings
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities
  • Consult and utilize industry resources and attend conferences from professional organizations such as National Association of Social Workers, American College Counseling Association, AHEAD, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
  • Work as part of the Lang Center team to provide services and education to students as well as develop the appropriate web pages for specific content areas
  • Coordinate web resources for screening and counseling information
  • Develop library of resources – pamphlets, books, and other printed information
  • Participate and support Lang Center events such as groups, health education
  • Work collaboratively with other campus departments and committees i.e. Residence Life, Behavioral Intervention Team, Students of Concern, Office of Success and Retention
  • Other duties as assigned


The Director of Counseling will assist in training and assimilating new counseling staff and interns. The director shall make him/herself available for formal and informal meetings with new staff and interns to provide guidance, training and expertise.

The Director of Counseling will be responsible for providing high quality supervision for personal counseling staff, adjunct counselors and counseling interns. The Director shall facilitate regular supervision sessions to include case review, provide feedback on interventions being utilized with the client and to share pertinent resources with counseling staff.  The Director shall follow the supervision standards outlined by the American Counseling Association.

The Director of Counseling shall abide by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

The Director of Counseling shall be available by phone or in person for after-hours emergencies on campus should the need arise. 


  • Understand, accept, and agree to practice the Ethical Principles and Standards set forth by the American Counseling Association and National Association of Social Workers
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of personal, emotional and academic counseling
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of program development
  • Knowledge of best practices and legal requirements of the American with Disabilities Act
  • Ability to interpret College policy, procedures, and regulations
  • High energy, self starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders
  • Effective time management skills


  • Minimum three years professional experience in social service setting is highly preferred
  • Master’s degree in Social Work required
  • License required, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter indicating salary expectations, resume and list of three professional references to:



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Congratulations to our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the week, Alondra Torres from Rockford, IL. She is a freshman biochemistry major and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, Chair, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. Dr. Dik shared that Alondra has done an amazing job academically and socially as a first year college student. Throughout the semester Alondra has been an “exemplary student”. Her work has consistently exceeded course expectations. Additionally, she is involved in many campus activities and organizations including, CAB, Spanish Club, Multicultural Club and the soccer team. She also finds time to work as a part-time certified Nursing Assistant.
For Alondra RU has been a great place to study. She is thankful that she is able to attend college close to home. Alondra shared that “family is very important to me and being able to be here when they need me is crucial”. Additionally, she is thankful that RU offers her majors, Biochemistry as well as French. Alondra also likes the small campus because it has allowed her to develop strong relationships with faculty, staff, and students from all over the world. After graduation she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician or a family practitioner. Congratulations Alondra on being a ROCK SOLID REGENT!