Learning Community Leader Application
Learning Communities (LC) at Ohio University are designed to improve the academic success and retention of new, primarily first-year, students by creating learning-based peer networks. In each community, a group of up to 25 students are co-enrolled in a set of thematically linked courses. One learning community leader is assigned to each of the Learning Communities.
Learning Community Programs is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Undergraduate students of all races, ethnic groups, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, cultures, socioeconomic classes, abilities, ways of thinking, geographic regions, and religions are strongly encouraged to apply.
LCL applications are being accepted until February 12 at noon.
Faculty and Staff Nominations
Do you know a student who may be a great Learning Community Leader? Faculty and staff nominations for Learning Community Leaders are being accepted until February 5, 2021.
Learning Community Leaders serve as a positive role model and a resource for students in the LCs during the semester. They help facilitate the students’ adjustment to Ohio University while working with the students in and out of the classroom. During fall semester, learning community leaders:
- Assist the LC instructor with the planning and preparation for the core course in the learning community (1-2 hours a week.) It is expected that the learning community leader attends each class, teach at least one lesson during the semester, and help facilitate class discussion.
- Plan and organize multiple themed, outside-of-class activities including an informal faculty gathering, that will acquaint the students in their community with the resources of Ohio University and Athens.
- Obtain a copy of the syllabus for each linked course and hold study sessions for the students in their community.
- Attend weekly meetings with other learning community leaders and a graduate student supervisor.
- Are compensated for working up to ten hours per week at $8.95 per hour.
April 25, 2021 (Spring Training) and Friday, August 20, 2021 (Fall Training)
Applicants who attend both of these trainings will be considered for an LCL position. Please mark these two dates in your calendar if you choose to apply to be a Learning Community Leader.
Qualifications and Characteristics
A learning community leader should be a full-time Ohio University student, with preference given to undergraduates. Applicants must:
- be a current Ohio University student in good academic standing;
- minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2;
- free of pending judicial charges and judicial probation during the semester of employment;
- must be able to attend spring and fall LCL trainings;
- have a genuine desire to work with students;
- have the ability to relate to students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities;
- be sensitive to transition concerns and problems faced by new students;
- be knowledgeable about student services, campus resources, and student activities;
- be comfortable initiating contact with faculty members and planning activities to involve them;
- be willing to learn and grow; and
- have the ability and desire to work as a team.
Hiring Process and Timeline
Step 1 - Application
To apply to be an LCL, you complete the FYrST Peer Leader OL/LCL application. Part of the application is responding to seven open-ended questions. These prompts are listed below so you can prepare your answers before beginning the application.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 12, 2021 at noon.
- Why are you interested in becoming a Learning Community Leader?
- As a Learning Community Leader, how do you envision helping students transition successfully to Ohio University?
- What knowledge, skills, and abilities will you bring to the Learning Community Team?
- What motivates you to want to work with new students?
- What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
- Why is understanding and appreciating diversity important in working with new students?
- Is there anything else about you or your experience that you believe we should consider when making our hiring decisions?
Step 2 - Group Interview
Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview. Group interviews take place in early November, 2020 and March, 2021.
Step 3-Invitation to Eligbility Pool
Initial offers into the LCL eligibility pool will be sent after completion of group interviews, prior to the Spring LCL Training in April. Individual LCL offers are typically made over mid-summer, prior to Fall LCL Training in August. Some LCL applicants may be offered a slot in our alternate pool and could be asked to join the team at a later date if a position opens up.
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