Learning Assistant Application 2017-2018

Nature of the Position
The Learning Assistant (LA) is a Rensselaer junior, senior, or co-terminal undergraduate who is responsible for assisting first-year students in becoming active, independent and successful learners. LAs are assigned to a specific residence hall where they reside and assume responsibility for interacting frequently with the residents of that hall while providing academically-related programs, information and assistance. The LA provides a direct academic support service and acts as a liaison between Advising and Learning Assistance Center and their undergraduates. However the Learning Assistant is not a personal tutor for their Hall. The LA is directly responsible to the Advising and Learning Assistance Center and Residence Life.

This application is due: Friday, April 28th by 5:00 pm.

The LA applicant must:

• Be a second semester sophomore OR a full-time upperclassman
with at least one full academic year remaining who is in
good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
• Be in good standing with regard to student conduct.
• Be prepared to live in a first-year residence hall.
• Be prepared to serve two consecutive semesters.
• Have knowledge of freshman level courses.
• Possess effective interpersonal skills.

The LA must:

1. Participate in training and orientation. Dates and times have yet to be determined.
2. Participate fully in all in-service training.
3. Participate in all weekly staff meetings with Advising and Learning
Assistance Center Staff and all weekly meetings of the
Residence Life Building Staff.

The LA must:

1. Participate fully in evaluations of the Learning Assistant Program
and Residence Life Program.
2. Participate in and provide input to the selection of LA staff for the
following academic year.

Student Services/Training
The LA must:

1. Maintain residence in the room assigned from the first day of the
semester to the last day of finals.
2. Be proactive in getting to know all of your residents and helping
them adjust to RPI.
3. Be sensitive to the needs and issues of students with disabilities.
4. Respect and maintain confidentiality of students and staff.
5. Make a special effort to be visible and available to the residents of
your building through the use of rounds and other
proactive means.
6. Be available to assist students in the hall on an individual or small
group basis, primarily during weekly office hours (2 hours/week) and
rounds (2 hours/week) or other mutually agreed upon times.
7. Plan and facilitate workshops in areas trained during the pre-
semester training period. This involves:
* Scheduling and publicizing workshops to hall residents
* Presenting sessions alone or in cooperation with another LA/RA
* Documentation of student evaluations of sessions held.
8. Publicize the free tutoring program and the Supplemental Instruction
program to the First Year students, as well as notable
dates including the drop deadline and the pass/no credit deadline.
9. Serve as a referral network between your students and other
services available on campus.
10. As need demands, be a resource to the academic community at
RPI by expressing student concerns. This includes
updating RA/RD staff as to student concerns at weekly staff
meetings and following up on Early Warning System (EWS).
Provide feedback to the Advising and Learning Assistance Center
as to concerns of students with programs at RPI so that
the overall student experience can be improved.
11. Meet with residents with EWS warnings within one week, and offer
suggestions for academic improvement, referring them
to campus resources as necessary.
12. Support students who are in the First Year Intervention Program
during their Spring semester.
13. Assist the Residence Life Staff in the enforcement of Institute
policies in your residence hall, when appropriate.
14. Be proactive in helping to improve the LA program.
15. Complete other duties as assigned by professional staff.

Learning Skills Counseling, Communication, and Referrals
The LA must:

1. Be visible, available, and accessible to the residents of your hall.
Promote awareness among residents of the LA role.
2. Assist students in identifying their academic needs using methods
learned in LA training.
3. Aid students in developing an increased sense of responsibility for
their academic success.
4. Know the resources on campus and, when necessary or
appropriate, make referrals.
5. Serve as a positive role model to all students in their academic and
social development.

Next Steps
Once you submit the form below, there are two last steps before your application is complete. Please email a copy of your resume and creative piece (described below) to Arielle Roberts at robera6@rpi.edu. Also, please have two recommendations completed and returned to:
Arielle Roberts, Learning Skills Specialist
Advising and Learning Assistance Center
Academy Hall Suite 4226
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Click here to find the recommendation form:


Full Name
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RPI Address
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Home Address
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Phone #
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Last semester GPA
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Overall GPA
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Class Year
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Credit Hours Expected for Fall 2017 Term
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What time commitments will you have next year? (include athletics, club, employment, etc)
Your answer
Please list any previous peer-helping-peer experience
Your answer
List other activities/organizations/volunteer positions in which you have been involved in and in what capacity (positions held). This may be included in your resume.
Your answer
ESSAY: Please type an essay (one to two pages) that includes the following ideas:
5. What would you, as an LA, expect from the position? What would you expect from the students? Yourself? 6. What about you and your background make you feel that you would be a good LA (habits, experiences, attitudes, skills, etc.)? 7. Describe your strengths and how they will help you in meeting and getting to know your 150 residents, as well as dealing with the academic needs of your residents. 8. Other areas that you wish to add that will let us know more about you and your ability to fulfill the duties of being an LA.
Your answer
Creative Piece
Please make a flyer to advertise for a workshop you may be holding. This would be very similar to an advertisement you may have seen your LA post within your building and should fit on regular 8½ x 11 sized paper. Your workshop topic can be any of the following: Time Management, Study Skills, Test Taking, Finals Preparation or any other academically driven workshop you think would be beneficial for first year students. Be Creative! Email this to Arielle Roberts at robera6@rpi.edu. Please include your name and "LA Creative Piece" in the subject line. (ie. Arielle Roberts LA Creative Piece)
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