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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

A Sense of Home

"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

Growing With Each Other

"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 

Actively Engaging

“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 

Positions Available

Learning Community Leader Coordinator

Learning Community 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 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 January 10 October 4 January 18
New Learning Community Leader February 4 October 4 February 14

Learning Community Leader Coordinator 

These positions have been filled.

 

 

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. 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: 

  1. Actively participate in returner 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. 

Step 1: Application

To apply, complete the Returning Learning Community Leader application. The application is due January 18. 

Step 2: Application Review

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

Step 3: Invitation to Eligibility Pool 

Initial offers to returners for the LCL eligibility pool will be sent in mid-February. Final offers are typically made over mid-summer, prior to Fall LCL Training  in August.  

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 

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

Learning Community Leader

Information Sessions

Students may attend one of the following information sessions to learn more from current student leaders as well as the Graduate Assistant Supervisors from the FYrST Office. 

More information sessions to come in January 2022!

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.

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a Learning Community Leader?
  2. As a Learning Community Leader, how do you envision helping students transition successfully to Ohio University?
  3. What knowledge, skills, and abilities will you bring to the Learning Community Team?
  4. What motivates you to want to work with new students?
  5. What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
  6. Why is understanding and appreciating diversity important in working with new students?
  7. 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. 

Training 

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 track and will also be helping with the new Learning Community Leader training on April 10, 2022 and August 19, 2022. 

Learning Community Leaders - New 

April 10, 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. 

Learning Community Leader Coordinator Position Description

The Learning Community Leader Coordinator (LCL-Coordinator) position is a student leader position in the Office of First Year and Student Transition (FYrST Office) within University College at Ohio University. The LCL-Coordinator supports the Ohio University goal of Student Success and Transformation. The LCL-Coordinator support students of all races, classes, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, sizes, abilities, national origins, geographic regions, and a variety of other aspects surrounding identity on campus. Learning Community Programs is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. 

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 LCL-Coordinator 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 seminars are in session. During the spring semester, the LCL Coordinators support the fall semester wrap-up tasks and reports and supports 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 LCL-Coordinator does not serve as an LCL as a part of this role. The LCL-Coordinator is supervised by and directly reports to a FYrST Office Graduate Assistant.   

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

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. 

    • Work with the GA on STM agenda development. 

    • 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 to support the LCL in creating a positive, engaging experience for their class. 

    • Gather information from LCLs 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 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 in the FYrST office. 

    • 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. 

  • Support administrative tasks and projects associated with the Learning Community Program specialty events such as:  
    • Turn it Gold 

    • Honey for the Heart 

    • Class assessments 

    • CHOICES 

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. 

Qualifications 

  1. Four months service as an LCL prior to starting the position spring term. 

  2. Genuine 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. 

  2. Undergraduate student status. 

  3. Support from current/past LCL instructors and current supervisor. 

Compensation 

$9.55 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. LCLs  support the Ohio University goal of Student Success and Transformation. LCLs support students of all races, classes, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, sizes, abilities, national origins, geographic regions, and a variety of other aspects surrounding identity on campus. Learning Community Programs is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. 

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

Responsibilities 

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

  • Assist the Learning Community instructor with the planning and preparation for the seminar course in the learning community (1-2 hours per week). 

    • Attend each class. 

    • Teach at least one lesson during the semester 

    • Help to facilitate class discussion 

    • Work with the instructor on coordinating delivery of class content 

  • 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 

    • Connect with an assigned Resident Advisor in Housing and Residence Life to support greater student understanding of residential resources and supports 

  • Support student success in the classroom 

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

  • Serve as a liaison to the class by  

    • Sharing information about campus resources 

    • Relaying information about events and activities taking place on campus. 

  • 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

$9.05 per hour, returning students to the FYrST office student leader positions receive an annual calendar year increase of $0.25 per hour. 

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

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 returner 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. 

Compensation 

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