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S-L Teaching Assistant Program


´╗┐Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs) act as a liaison and resource for S-L campus and community partners. Therefore, the S-LTA program is designed around four goals:

  1. training and supporting student S-LTAs to develop their leadership skills;
  2. assisting faculty members to implement the best practices of S-L in their course;
  3. supporting community partners to help ensure partnership goals are met through student and faculty engagement;
  4. aiding student service-learners in meeting their academic and service requirements and commitments.

Usually S-LTAs are assigned to a single course, and therefore support a specific faculty member, cohort of students, and one or more community partnerships throughout the semester. In many ways, S-LTAs act as a project manager and logistics coordinator for the course and associated partnerships. 

S-LTA Responsibilities & Expectations: S-LTAs spend approximately 7-14 hours each week commited to this role through the following responsibilities, and additional tasks as they arise:

1. Training & Center of Community Service Support

  • Complete S-LTA training module (typically 2-6 weeks before start of the semester)
  • Attend the S-L Partnership Orientation (the week before classes start)
  • Attend and participate in all S-LTA weekly meeting (Wednesdays at 6-7:30pm)
  • Hold 1.5 office hours each week in the Center of Community Service
  • Participate in the evaluation process and work with S-L staff to distribute program evaluations
  • Manage and track student service placements through myNEU

2. Classroom Participation

  • Attend all sessions of assigned course
  • Introduce S-L to peers alongside faculty member
  • Co-facilitate reflection activities and assignments with faculty member

3. Faculty & Community Partner Relationships

  • Develop a working rapport with the faculty member
  • Collaborate with faculty member to plan for upcoming classes and assignments
  • Act as a thought partner for faculty and partners to integrate service and learning experiences
  • Communicate with community partners to assign students to their organization and ensure their expectations are being met through service (attendance, engagement, etc. of student service-learners)

S-LTA Compensation  & Qualifications

Students are able to be compensated through one of the following:

  • work-study (if work-study eligible)
  • $1,000 stipend (limited availability)
  • directed or independent study (academic credit)
  • internship or practicum
  • part-time unpaid co-op
  • volunteer (may include Civic Engagement Program)

S-LTA Qualifications

  • minimum 2.8 GPA
  • undergraduate sophmore standing and above, including graduate student
  • previous community service experience required (a plus if through S-L and/or in the Boston community)
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • excellent organization and communication skills
  • able to attend S-LTA training and all S-LTA weekly meetings
  • patience, flexibilty, and a great sense of humor!

S-LTA Application Process´╗┐´╗┐

  • Read through the S-LTA responsibilities and expectations above.
  • Submit an online application for Fall 2016 (rolling application):  
      • If you were recruited specifically by your faculty member to work alongside them with a specific course, please include this information in your application.
      • Students with advanced proficiency or fluency in Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin) are encouraged to apply to work with one of the language courses.
  • Email your resume to within 24 hours of submitting your application.
  • If these materials indicate a good fit, candidates will be contacted for a group interview with the S-L program. In some cases, candidates will also be asked to meet with a faculty member.

Download a summary here.

Click here to view the S-LTA Program learning outcomes.

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