Learning Community Student Leaders

Learning Community Programs are housed in the Office of First-Year and Student Transitions (FYrST). Student leaders of Learning Community Programs aid students’ social and academic development in their transition to Ohio University by serving as an immediate line of support.  

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 co-enroll in a set of thematically linked courses. One Learning Community Leader (LCL) is assigned to each Learning Community.

Campus Connection communities are designed to support the transition of Transfer and Relocate students to Ohio University and the Athens campus.  In each community, a group of up to 25 students are enrolled in a seminar course.  One Peer Leader is assigned to each of the Campus Connection communities.

Student Leaders can also expect to grow themselves personally and professionally through their employment in our office. These students grow their leadership skills through practice with effective communication, facilitation, community building, and conflict resolution.  

Each student leader has a Graduate Assistant supervisor who is here to support you in your own professional development. 

Student Leader Testimonials

More Than A Semester

"I love being an LCL because I love supporting students in their first year that turn into lasting friendships. Both in my experience as being the student in a Learning Community and now being a Learning Community Leader, it's great to see a familiar face on campus that you can talk to. The job is rewarding, but the relationships make the experience last for more than a semester."
Blue Campbell, Fall 2022 LCL

Getting Acclimated

"Transitioning to college can sometimes be a hard time for students, and as a Learning Community Leader, I am more than happy to offer a helping hand to let students adjust or just give them someone to talk to. It’s really rewarding to watch students grow, get acclimated to campus, and become friends with one another, which is why I love being an LCL."
Hannah Boyers, Fall 2022 LCL 

Being a Transfer

“I found my experience as a peer leader rewarding! I was a transfer student also, so I was eager to help my students become acclimated and comfortable with campus. Being a transfer student can be stressful and confusing, so I'm grateful to have a position as a peer leader to help students in their transition."
Jacob Suncire, Fall 2022 UC 1500 Campus Connections class Peer Leader

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    Student Leader Positions


    Find position descriptions, application links and timelines for positions. 

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    Onboarding Instructions for New Hires


    There are a few steps to complete before completing hiring paperwork and attending training or starting work. Make sure you are ready! 

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    Student Leader Handbook


    We utilize a Blackboard site for our Learning Community Leader Resource Site.  You will have access to it at training.

Positions 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator

Learning Community Leader 

Peer Leader

Nominations

Learning Community Leader Coordinator Nomination Form

Learning Community Leader and Peer Leader Nomination Form will open November 1.

 

Hiring Process and Timeline

PositionNominations CloseApplication OpensApplication Closes
Learning Community Leader CoordinatorOctober 9September 29October 20
Returning Learning Community LeaderJanuary 10November 13January 21
New Learning Community Leader February 2November 1February 12
Peer LeaderFebruary 2November 1February 12

We seek candidates who value inclusive excellence as we support students of all identities and intersections of identities on campus. Learning Community Programs has a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse team. 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator (LCLC)

Learning Community Programs is seeking Learning Community Leader Coordinators (LCLCs) for the Spring and Fall 2024 semesters who are committed to supporting students' engagement, event planning, and serving as a role model for the LCLs and Peer Leaders.   

Step 1: Application

The application will open on September 29, 2023.  Please complete the application by October 13th at 11:59 p.m. for full consideration, application link.

Step 2: Application Review

The LCLC Supervisors will review the applications from LCLs that wish to return for next year. 

Step 3: Interviews

Interviews will take place October 23 - November 3, 2023.

Step 4: Offer letters

Candidates will receive a phone call position offer, followed up by an offer letter.  Phone calls will take place on November 6.

 

Dates of employment

Initial training/orientation will take place in November, December 2023.

January 16 to May 3, 2024

May 3 to August 18: intermittent work involving communicating with LCLs will take place.

August 18 to December 13, 2024

Returning Learning Community Leader and Peer Leader

The input of Returning Learning Community Leaders and Peer Leaders is critical in the selection of the new student leaders. 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. 

Step 1: Application

The application will open November 13, 2023 and close January 21, 2024.  *Notice, this close date is right after the Winter Break period.

Returning LCL and Peer Leader application can be found here: application

Step 2: Application Review

The Supervisors will review the applications from student leaders that wish to return for next year. 

Step 3: Offer letters

Initial offers to returners will be sent in mid-February.

Compensation 

Compensation update: as of 10/23/2023 the new base pay rate is $11.25 per hour.

Returning LCLs will receive an additional $0.25 per hour increase each calendar year. 

 

 

Learning Community Leader and Peer Leader student leader positions

Information Sessions:

January 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Baker Center room 231

February 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Baker 231

Step 1: Application

Please use this LCL and Peer Leader application link to apply:  application

The link will be available November 1.

 

Part of the application is responding to open-ended questions. These prompts are listed below so you can prepare your answers before beginning the application. 

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Compensation update: as of 10/23/2023 the new pay rate is $11.25 per hour.

  1. Please share why you are interested in serving as a Learning Community Leader or Peer Leader.
  2. What motivates you to want to work with incoming students?
  3. As a Learning Community Leader, how do you envision helping students transition successfully to Ohio University?
  4. Why is understanding and appreciating diversity important in working with incoming students?
  5. Is there anything else about you or your experience that you believe we should consider when making our hiring decisions?

Step 2: Interview

Virtual interviews will take place via Teams in March 18-23. 

Step 3: Offer letters

Offer letters will be sent out at the end of day on March 29.

Step 4: Placement

LCLs will be placed in a Learning Community in May.

 

Training 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator 

Fall 2023: The position start date is November 7, 2023.  A team orientation as well as individual onboarding sessions will be schedule.

January 2024: After team members are hired, spring schedules will be gathered to identify training times for all team members in January.  Individual work schedules will be established with the team member's direct supervisor.

Learning Community Leader – Returner 

April 14, 2024 Spring training day

August 23, 2024 Fall training day 

There will be summer modules to be completed as well.

Learning Community Leaders - New  and Peer Leaders

April 14, 2024 Spring training day

August 23, 2024 Fall training day 

There will be summer modules to be completed as well.

It is expected that all Learning Community Leaders and Peer Leaders attend and complete the training days and summer sessions. Please save these dates. 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator Position Description

The Learning Community Leader Coordinator (LCLC) position is a student leader position in the Office of First Year and Student Transition (FYrST Office) within University College at Ohio University.   Together, we welcome, connect and support students in their transition(s) to and within OHIO University.

We seek student leaders who advance their own knowledge and understanding in the area of inclusive excellence, as we support students of all identities and intersections of identities on campus.  We have a strong commitment to supporting an inclusive culture within the Learning Community Programs team.

In and out of the classroom, the Learning Community Leader (LCL) and Peer Leader (Student Leaders) are charged with facilitating the students’ adjustment to Ohio University. The LCLC provides support to the Student Leaders and to their supervisor. They serve as a positive role model and resource for the Student Leaders throughout the fall semester when the seminars are in session. During the spring semester, the LCLCs support the fall semester wrap-up tasks, reporting, as well as Learning Community Program projects. They also support the recruitment, selection, and training for the new LCL and Peer Leader staff teams.

On average, this position is 15 hours-per-week for both academic semesters; employment begins in the spring semester and continues for the fall semester. There is intermittent work over the summer semester.  The LCLC is supervised by and directly reports to either the Coordinator of Student Leaders (CSL) or a FYrST Office Graduate Assistant (GA).  *The LCLC may also serve as an LCL, if their time availability allows and at the discretion of the Director or Assistant Director.   

This position is a Campus Security Authority which means that LCLCs are mandated reporters for any reports of sexual misconduct. 

Responsibilities 

  • Provide leadership to the Student Leaders to launch their community successfully.
    • Communicate Welcome Weekend connection expectations. 
    • Support your supervisor in establishing Success Team Meetings and ensure all Student Leaders are signed up, attending, etc.. 
    • Address questions and direct Student Leaders to appropriate resources for onboarding items such as Workforce, Human Resources, room reservations, reimbursements, etc.
  • On an on-going basis, directly outreach and build relationships with up to 40 Student Leaders in the assigned workgroup. 
    • Serve as part of the support network for Student Leaders through co-facilitating and if need by, facilitating weekly Success Team Meetings (STMs). 
    • Work with your supervisor on developing a portion of the STM agenda each week.  
    • Create a positive, engaging experience for their team.
    • Under the management of your supervisor, provide information to support giving ongoing and mid-year feedback to the Student Leaders.
    • Gather information from Student Leaders about their programming efforts, collecting photos, quotes, and experiences to share on the FYrST Office social media channels. 
  • Support the recruitment, selection, and training of the Student Leaders.
    • Recruitment includes the returner application and selection process as well as the new recruitment and selection processes. 
    • Engage the returning Student Leaders in a separate training track to support their advancement as a leader.
    • Advance the Student Leader's sense of belonging through regular team builders, modeling what they can do with their class.
    • Serve as a resource to the Student Leaders for issues they face throughout their work. 
    • With your supervisor, conduct a review of the Activity Tracker and STM attendance sheets to support the Student Leaders in meeting role expectations.
    • Conduct follow-up training with Student Leaders who are not present at the required trainings and onboard those hired after the training was conducted. 
    • Communicate with Student Leader staff during the summer to ensure they are engaged in the role, summer training, and address any questions.
  • Support administrative tasks and projects associated with the Learning Community Programs.
    • Attend a weekly LCLC staff meeting (this is likely to take place in the evening).
    • Support projects such as:  
      • Admissions event resource tabling
      • Inventory management 
      • Honey for the Heart 
      • Class assessments 
      • Safety First- alcohol and other drug discussions
      • Recognition events
      • Learning Community cluster development and review

Eligibility 

  1. Maintain a commitment to collegiate success, including having a minimum GPA of 2.20 
  2. Maintain full-time student status of at least 12 and no more than 18 undergraduate credit hours, without prior approval. 
  3. During the time of application and serving in the role, remain free of disciplinary status imposed through the University conduct system in addition to local, state, and federal laws. 
  4. Complete the university hazing training.

Qualifications 

  1. Four months service as an LCL or Peer Leader prior to starting the position spring term. 
  2. Desire to work with incoming students and Student Leaders. 
  3. Awareness of and willingness to problem-solve items that arise in the Student Leader positions. 
  4. Ability to advance a culture and climate that honors diversity and advocates for inclusive excellence. 
  5. Demonstrated ability to balance academics, employment and extracurricular activities. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. More than one year service as an LCL or Peer Leader. 
  2. Undergraduate student status. 
  3. Support from current/past UC 1900/UC 1500 instructors and current supervisor. 

Compensation 

$11.75 per hour, returning students to the FYrST office student leader positions receive an annual calendar year increase of $0.25 per hour. 

Timeframe of Employment

The timeframes of employment for the LCLC role are as follows:

November 7 to December 9, 2023: Orientation and training to be scheduled

January 16 to May 3: Spring semester work

May 4 to August 17: Intermittent work to check and respond to communications, outreach to Student Leaders

August 18 to December 13, 2024: Fall semester work

If there are changes to these dates, you will receive written notification.

COVID-19 Update

These positions are in-person and there may be times when you interact closely with fellow students. Class instruction is maintained at a 6’ distance. Ohio University and the FYrST Office are committed to upholding state and national health guidelines to support your protection. 

Learning Community Leader Position Description

The Learning Community Leader (LCL) position is a student leader position in the Office of First-Year and Student Transition (FYrST Office) within University College at Ohio University. Together, we welcome, connect and support students in their transition(s) to and within OHIO University. 

We seek student leaders who advance their own knowledge and understanding in the area of inclusive excellence, as we support students of all identities and intersections of identities on campus.  We have a strong commitment to supporting an inclusive culture in Learning Community Programs.

Within each learning community, up to 25 students are co-enrolled in a set of thematically linked courses.  In and outside of the classroom, the LCL is charged with facilitating the students’ adjustment to Ohio University. They serve as a positive role model and resource for students throughout the semester. Through assisting the instructor in delivery of the course material, LCLs provide peer insights and coaching. 

The LCL is supervised by and directly reports to the Coordinator of Student Leaders (CSL) or a Learning Community Programs Graduate Assistant (GA). They also work collaboratively with their assigned UC 1900 instructor. 

This position averages 8 hours-per-week during the fall semester.  There are very limited number of positions available for spring semester.

This position is a Campus Security Authority which means that LCLs are mandated reporters for any reports of sexual misconduct they receive. 

Responsibilities 

1. On an on-going basis, directly outreach and build relationships with up to 25 students within the Learning Community course.

2. Assist the Learning Community instructor with the planning and preparation for the seminar course in the learning community (1 hour per week plus class). 

  • Attend each class. 
  • Facilitate the Safety First- Alcohol and Other Drug lesson
  • Help to facilitate class discussion 
  • Coordinate/Plan class content and delivery with instructor during weekly one-on-one meetings.

3. Advance student’s sense of belonging through planning and organizing multiple themed, outside-of-class activities 

  • Activities that connect students with campus experiences and the Athens community 
  • An informal gathering with the faculty/instructor 
  • Conduct "intentional interactions" with individuals or small groups to create connections

4. Support student success in the classroom 

  • Obtain syllabi for the connected core courses and hold study sessions prior to tests/exams 

5. Serve as a liaison to the class by sharing information about campus resources, relaying information about events and activities taking place on campus. 

6. Actively participate in meetings and trainings associated with the position 

  • Required trainings 
  • Weekly meeting of LCLs with their supervisor 
  • LCL selection interview processes 

Eligibility 

  1. Maintain a commitment to collegiate success, including having a minimum GPA of 2.2 
  2. Maintain full-time student status of at least 12 and no more than 18 undergraduate credit hours. 
  3. During the time of application and of serving as an LCL, remain free of disciplinary status imposed through the University conduct system in addition to local, state, and federal laws. 

Qualifications 

  1. Genuine desire to work with First-Year students 
  2. Sensitivity to transition concerns and problems faced by students 
  3. Ability to advance a culture and climate that honors diversity and advocates for equity and social justice issues. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to balance academics, employment and extracurricular activities 

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Undergraduate student status 

Compensation

$11.25 per hour, returning students to the FYrST office student leader positions receive an annual calendar year increase of $0.25 per hour. 

If offered a position, you will be asked to submit information to complete a Federal I-9 Employment Verification form. 

The Learning Community Leader position is for the fall semester only.  There are few opportunities for spring employment. 

Returner Addendum 

Returning Learning Community Leaders are also expected to support the overall success of Learning Communities.  They are asked to demonstrate this through: 

  1. Actively participate in training sessions. 
  2. 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). 
  3. Providing insights and sharing experiences with other LCLs who are faced with an issue in their Learning Community. 
  4. Other FYrST Office duties that support the advancement of Learning Community Programs

Compensation 

Returning LCLs will receive an additional $0.25 per hour increase each calendar year. 

Peer Leader Position Description

The Peer Leader (PL) position is a student leader position in the Office of First Year and Student Transition (FYrST Office) within University College at Ohio University. Together, we welcome, connect and support students in their transition(s) to and within OHIO University.  

We seek student leaders who advance their own knowledge and understanding in the area of inclusive excellence, as we support students of all identities and intersections of identities on campus.  We have a strong commitment to supporting an inclusive culture in Learning Community Programs. 

The Campus Connections (UC 1500) course is intended for Transfer and Relocate students. A Peer Leader is connected to each class. The course is seven weeks with the focus on connecting students to campus, campus resources, and to each other. The Peer Leader will be expected to do four out-of-class activities that are of interest and align with the schedules of the students. 

In and outside of the classroom, the PL is charged with facilitating the students’ adjustment to Ohio University.  They serve as a positive role model and resource for students throughout the time of the course.  Through assisting the instructor in delivery of the course material, PLs provide peer insights and coaching. 

The PL is supervised by and directly reports to the Coordinator of Student Leaders (CSL) or a Learning Community Programs Graduate Assistant (GA).  They also work collaboratively with their assigned UC 1900 instructor. 

This position averages 8 hours-per-week during the fall semester.  There are very limited number of positions available for spring semester. 

This position is a Campus Security Authority which means that LCLs are mandated reporters for any reports of sexual misconduct they receive. 

 

Responsibilities 

1. On an ongoing basis, directly outreach and build relationships with up to 20 students within the Campus Connections (UC 1500) course. 

2. Assist the instructor with the planning and preparation for the seminar course in the community (1 hour per week plus class).

  • Attend each class.
  • Help to facilitate class discussion.
  • Coordinate/Plan class content and delivery with instructor during weekly one-on-one meetings.

3. Advance students' sense of belonging through planning and organizing multiple out-of-class activities.

  • Activities, at least four throughout the seven weeks, that connect students with campus experiences and the Athens community.

4. Serve as a liaison to the class by sharing information about campus resources and relaying information about events and activities taking place on campus. 

5. Actively participate in meetings and training associated with the position, including: 

  • Required trainings
  • Weekly meeting of Peer Leaders and their supervisor, and
  • Peer Leader selection interview processes.

 

Eligibility

1. Maintain a commitment to collegiate success, including having a minimum GPA of 2.2. 

2. Maintain full-time student status of at least 12 and no more than 18 undergraduate credit hours. 

3. During the time of application and of serving as a Peer Leader, remain free of disciplinary status imposed through the University conduct system in addition to local, state, and federal laws. 

 

Qualifications

1. Genuine desire to work with Transfer and Relocate students. 

2. Sensitivity to transition concerns and problems faced by students. 

3. Ability to advance a culture and climate that honors diversity and advocates for equity and social justice issues. 

4. Demonstrated ability to balance academics, employment and extracurricular activities. 

 

Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate student status. 

 

Compensation

$11.25 per hour, returning students to the FYrST Office student leader positions receive an increase of $.25 each calendar year.

If offered a position, you will be asked to submit information to complete a Federal I-9 Employment Verification Form.  Original documents will need to be visually reviewed on-site.

The PL position is for the first half of the semester only.  It is a 7-week class.

 

Returner Peer Leader Addendum

Returning Peer Leaders are also expected to support the overall success of the program. They are asked to demonstrate this through: 

  • Actively participate in training sessions. 
  • Support new LCL and Peer Leader training, which may include leading a small group discussion, team builder, or similar of new LCLs and Peer Leaders.  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 who are faced with an issue in their Community. 
  • Other FYrST Office duties that support the advance of Learning Community Programs. 

 

Compensation

Returning Peer Leaders receive an additional $.25 per hour increase each calendar year.