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:
- training and supporting student S-LTAs to develop their leadership skills;
- assisting faculty members to implement the best practices of S-L in their course;
- supporting community partners to help ensure partnership goals are met through student and faculty engagement;
- 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.
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 S-LTA weekly meeting
- Hold 2 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)
- $700 stipend (limited availability)
- directed or independent study (academic credit)
- internship or practicum
- part-time unpaid co-op
- volunteer (may include Civic Engagement Program)
- 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
- patience, flexibilty, and a great sense of humor!
- Read through the S-LTA responsibilities and expectations above. Submit an online application. (applications for fall 2014 will be available in March 2014)
- Priority deadline: TBD
- 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 the following information to email@example.com:
- Best times to interview
- Upcoming semester schedule
- If these materials indicate a good fit, candidates will be contacted for an interview by the S-L program. In some cases, candidates will also be asked to meet with a faculty member.
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