Ways of Knowing (HUM/STC 250) Course Fellow Job Description Summer 2019
Freshman Scholars Institute: Program Overview

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and/or laboratory experiences. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. In the summer of 2019, FSI will begin on July 6th (Saturday) and conclude on August 31st (Saturday).

Ways of Knowing Course Fellow: Position Description

Course Fellows are experienced peers learners who work with students enrolled in Ways of Knowing. Fellows facilitate students’ examination of course texts and assist students in brainstorming their own analytic responses to these texts. In particular, Course Fellows help introduce students to critical reading, thinking, and writing methods, as well as strategies for successfully approaching complex and long-term assignments. Each Course Fellow will be embedded in a section of Ways of Knowing, receiving mentorship and guidance from the Ways of Knowing instructor. Fellows will work consistently with students in that section, facilitating small group reading discussions conferences and, occasionally, leading individual conferences. Fellows will receive training from the Freshman Scholars Institute, with ongoing guidance and support from the instructor they are paired with for the summer.

Benefits

Ways of Knowing Course Fellows will gain:
• Room and board
• A small stipend of $350
• Mentorship from full-time lecturers of the Princeton Writing Program
• Intensive and inclusive pedagogical training in reading, writing, critical thinking, and study skills.
• Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population

Total Commitment: ~30 hours/week

Responsibilities

Pre-FSI commitment
FSI Course Fellows should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per month preparing for FSI in April and May on the following activities:
• Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings
• Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars

Program Commitment
Course Fellows should plan to be in residence and remain on campus from July 1 to August 31 at 9am. They should plan to spend approximately 30 hours per week on the following responsibilities:
• Attending and participating in a 2-day training on July 2 and 3
• Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Orientation on July 7 and 8
• Facilitating group “text lab” discussions each week with each WOK student
• Attending regular WOK class sessions and supporting WOK instructors in lesson plans
• Meet once/week with WOK instructor to plan week of instruction and debrief prior week
• Writing teaching reflections describing pedagogical methods utilized during conferences
• Attending and participating in ongoing professional development trainings and meetings
• Providing mentorship, curricular and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars
• Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Reorientation on August 22 and 23

Eligibility
• Mature undergraduate students possessing advanced critical reading and writing skills, along with a passion for teaching and mentoring.
• Students who have taken HUM/STC 250 in previous summers, as well as current Princeton Writing Center Fellows, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Required Dates/Times
WOK Course: M, W, TH (10:35-12:35)
Colloquia and Family Dinner – Wednesday evenings
WOK Reading Groups (~6 hours/week, tbd)
2-day FSI Staff Training – July 2nd and 3rd
FSI Orientation – July 8th and July 9th
College Night – TBD
Mid-Program All Community Check-In – July 26th
Re-Orientation Workshops: August 22rd and 23rd
All Community Closing BBQ: August 23rd

Questions?
Do you have questions about the position or about FSI in general? Try these options:
• You can find more information about the Freshman Scholars Institute at http://www.princeton.edu/fsi/
• Feel free to contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez at kfg2@princeton.edu or Dr. Andy Hakim at ahakim@princeton.edu.

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