Learning Community Positions

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

Positions 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator

Learning Community Leader 

Peer Leader

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 3, 2023. 

Hiring Process and Timeline

Position Nominations Close Application Opens Application Closes
Learning Community Leader Coordinator NA October 10 October 19
Returning Learning Community Leader   November 14 January 23
New Learning Community Leader  February 3 November 1 February 13
Peer Leader February 3 November 1 February 13

Returning Learning Community Leader

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. 

Step 1: Application

To apply, complete the Returning Learning Community Leaderapplication. 

Step 2: Application Review

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

Step 3: Offer letters

Initial offers to returners for the LCL eligibility pool will be sent in mid-February.

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.  

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 

Information Session:

Wed., November 9, 7-8pm in Baker 231.

There will be a spring information session as well.

 

Step 1: Application

Please complete the application using this application link, the deadline to apply is February 13. 2023.

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 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.
  2. What motivates you to want to work with new 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 new 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 on March 25, 2023.

Step 3: Offer letters

Offer letters will be sent shortly after the interview day.

Step 4: Placement

LCLs will be placed in a Learning Community in June after they have registered for classes and after the Learning Community schedule is finalized.

 

 

Peer Leader 

Information Session:

Wed., November 9, 7-8pm in Baker 231.

There will be a spring information session as well.

Step 1: Application

Please complete the application using this link: application link , the deadline to apply is February 13. 2023.

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 two ways that you would work to support and engage transfer and relocate students to help them feel comfortable on campus and in the community?
  2. Over the past year, in what ways have you worked to increase your self-awareness in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging? How would you apply what you have learned to a broad group of transfer and relocating students.

Step 2: Interview

Interviews: Virtual interviews will take place via Teams on March 25, 2023.

Step 3: Offer letters

Offer letters will be sent shortly after the interview day.

Step 4: Placement

Peer Leaders will be placed in a Community in June after they have registered for classes and after the Community schedule is finalized.

Training 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator 

Spring start: The position start date is January 17, 2023 with and onboarding/orientation. 

Learning Community Leader – Returner 

April 16, 2023 Spring training day

August 25, 2023 Fall training day 

There will be summer modules to be completed as well.

Learning Community Leaders - New  and Peer Leaders

April 16, 2023 Spring training day

August 25, 2023 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 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 Learning Community Leader (LCL) is charged with facilitating the students’ adjustment to Ohio University. The LCLC provides support to LCLs and to their supervisor. They serve as a positive role model and resource for the other LCLs throughout the fall semester when the Learning Community classes and seminars are in session. During the spring semester, the LCLC support the fall semester wrap-up tasks, reports, as well as Learning Community Program projects. They also support the recruitment, selection, and training for the new LCL staff team.

This is a 15 hour-per-week position for both academic semesters, employment begins in the spring semester and continues for the fall semester. The LCLC is supervised by and directly reports to a FYrST Office Graduate Assistant.  *The LCLC may also serve as an LCL if their time availability allows. 

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 LCLs to launch their Learning Community successfully.
    • Communicate Welcome Weekend connection expectations. 
    • Support the GA in establishing Success Team Meetings and ensure all LCLs are signed up, attending, etc.. 
    • Address questions and direct LCLs 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 60 LCLs in the assigned workgroup. 
    • Serve as part of the support network for LCLs through attending weekly Success Team Meetings (STMs). 

    • Create a positive, engaging experience for their team.

    • Gather information from LCLs about their programming efforts, collecting photos, quotes, and experiences to share on the FYrST Office social media channels. 

    • Work with the GA on facilitating the STM agenda.

  • Support the recruitment, selection, and training of the LCLs
    • Recruitment includes the returner application and selection process as well as the new LCL recruitment and selection processes. 

    • Engage the returning LCLs in a separate training track to support their advancement as a student leader

    • Advance the LCL's sense of belonging through regular team builders, modeling what they can do with their class.

    • Serve as a resource to the LCLs for issues they face throughout their work. 

    • With the GA, conduct a review of the Activity Tracker and STM attendance sheets to support the LCL in meeting their expectations as a student leader.

    • Conduct follow-up training with LCLs who are not present at the required trainings and onboard LCLs hired after the training was conducted. 

    • Communicate with LCL staff during the summer to ensure the LCL is still engaged in the role and aware of summer training.

  • Support administrative tasks and projects associated with the Learning Community Program specialty events such as:  
    • Admissions Events

    • Turn it Gold 

    • Honey for the Heart 

    • Class assessments 

    • Safety First- alcohol and other drug  

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. 

  3. During the time of application and of serving as an LCL-Coordinator, 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 First-Year students and LCLs. 

  3. Awareness of and willingness to problem-solve items that arise in the LCL position. 

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

  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 LCL 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. 

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 a FYrST Office Graduate Assistant. 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). 

  • 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. 

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. 

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: 

  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 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 Learning Community Leader (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 a Learning Community Programs Graduate Assistant.  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 course. 

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

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

  • Activities, at least four throughout the 7 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.

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. 

 

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.