Information about applying to be a Learning Community Leader at Ohio University
Learning Communities Overview
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.
The due date for LCL applications is February 1, 2019.
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 bi-weekly meetings with other learning community leaders and a graduate student supervisor.
- Are compensated for working up to ten hours per week at $8.25 per hour.
If you cannot make both of these training dates, you will not be considered for the LCL position: Sunday, April 14, 2019, and Friday, August 25, 2019. Please mark them 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 in Fall 2018, with preference given to undergraduates. Applicants must:
- be a current OU student in good academic standing with a 2.5 accumulative GPA or higher;
- must be free of pending judicial charges and judicial probation during the semester of employment;
- must be able to attend day-long training on Sunday, April 14 and Friday, August 25;
- have a genuine desire to work with students;
- have the ability to relate to students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities;
- have an understanding of, and sensitivity to, transition concerns and problems faced by new students;
- possess strong written and verbal communication skills; 8) be knowledgeable about student services, campus resources, and student activities;
- have experience working with or an understanding of the process of facilitating small groups as an educator;
- have a good knowledge of university policies and procedures;
- be comfortable initiating contact with faculty members and planning activities to involve them; and
- have the ability and desire to work as a team member.
To apply to be an LCL, you will complete an online application. Part of the application is responding to 10 open-ended questions. These prompts are listed below so you can prepare your answers before beginning the application. It's likely you'll copy your pre-written answers from a Word file or Google Doc and paste them into the application while you're applying. Applications are due by February 1, 2019.
- Please describe your leadership experience.
- What value would you add to LC Programs?
- Describe a conflict and how you helped to resolve it.
- What do you hope to gain from being a Learning Community Leader
- Learning Community Leaders work up to 10 hours each week during fall semester. Please describe two strategies you would use to manage your time successfully and overview how you may plan for your LCL requirements.
- What motivates you?
- What experiences do you have working with people from diverse backgrounds? How has this impacted you?
- What ideas do you have to engage students in a Learning Community?
- Describe an experience you have had facilitating a small group.
- What is a common issue for first-year students? As a Learning Community Leader, how would you address this issue with students?
Questions? Feel free to contact Wendy Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740.593.1962.