Learning Community Positions
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 (LCL) is assigned to each of the Learning Communities.
Learning Community Leader Testimonials
"Being a Learning Community Leader this year is one of my favorite experiences I’ve had in college so far. Being able to create meaningful relationships and aid in the success for first year students helps create a sense home and what it means to be a Bobcat. I am honored to be able to lead the way and create a path for my students to have the college experience of their dreams, it means the absolute world to me!"
Leah Kelsey, Fall 2021 LCL
"Being an LCL has helped me realize my passion for mentoring students that are going through a new experience. So far, I am grateful to have a learning community of students that are enthusiastic about growing with each other and succeeding in their academic careers. My favorite thing about my experience as an LCL is the connection that I have made with the students so far and how the advice that I give my students will stay with them for the next 4 years and beyond."
Dale Wilson, Fall 2021 LCL
“It has been a pleasure thus far being a Learning Community Leader for first-year students. The feedback and participation have been outstanding from this group of intelligent young individuals. Students have been actively engaging in events outside of our weekly UC 1900 class. The communication is above and beyond what I expected, and I am honored to be a leader in transitioning these students to campus here at Ohio University.”
Peyton Witner, Fall 2021 LCL
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 4, 2022.
Hiring Process and Timeline
|Position||Nominations Close||Application Opens||Application Closes|
|Learning Community Leader Coordinator||NA||October 4||October 18|
|Returning Learning Community Leader||NA||October 4||January 18|
|New Learning Community Leader||February 4||October 4||February 14|
Learn more about this new position at one of the following information sessions. To receive a link to the information session, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 7
Monday, October 11
If you are unable to attend one of these sessions and wish to learn more, please email email@example.com.
Step 1: Application
To apply, complete the Learning Community Leader Coordinator application. The application is due October 18.
Step 2: Individual Interview
Candidates who move on to the interview stage will be contacted and provided access to the interview sign-up.
Interviews will be conducted virtually on teams October 28 and 29.
Hiring decisions are expected to be made the first two weeks in November.
The input of Returning Learning Community Leaders is critical in the selection of the new LCLs. For that reason, we open the application early, so that individuals who know they wish to return to the position can let us know and not miss out.
There is an addendum to the Learning Community Leader position for returning LCLs. This is new. Please review the addendum information below:
Returner Learning Community Leader Addendum
Returning Learning Community Leaders are also expected to support the overall success of Learning Communities. They are asked to demonstrate this through:
Actively participate in returner training sessions.
Support new LCL training, which may include leading a small group discussion, team builder, or similar of new LCLs. You may also be asked to help with the logistics associated with training (giving directions, check-in, T-shirt distribution, setting up and tearing down).
Providing insights and sharing experiences with other LCLs who are faced with an issue in their Learning Community.
Returning LCLs will receive an additional $0.25 per hour increase each calendar year.
Step 1: Application
To apply to be an LCL, you need to 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 14, 2022 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 March, 2022.
Step 3: Invitation to Eligibility 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.
This unique hiring process is necessary as the FYrST Office will not know how many UC 1900 Learning Community sections we will need until near the end of Orientation, at the end of June.
Learning Community Leader Coordinator
The position start date is January 18 with and onboarding/orientation.
Learning Community Leader – Returner
Returning Learning Community Leaders will have a separate training schedule and will also be helping with the new Learning Community Leader training in April and August.
Learning Community Leaders - New
April 24, 2022 (Spring Training)
There will be summer training modules that all LCLs will need to complete.
Friday, August 19, 2022 (Fall Training)
It is expected that all new Learning Community Leaders attend and complete the training days and summer sessions. Please save these dates.
Contact us with your questions or concerns.