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Learning Assistants

CAT Community Learning Assistants (LAs) and Residential Learning Assistants (RLA) play an important and dynamic role in the lives of first-year students. LAs and RLAs act as peer mentors within the CAT Community Connections Course and support students’ academic and social development during their first semester of college. By fostering a sense of academic community both inside and outside of the classroom, LAs and RLAs help first-year students establish a foundation for a successful college career. A Learning Assistant leads non-residential CAT Communities and a Residential Learning Assistant leads residential CAT Communities.

 RLA RESPONSIBILITIES (Estimated time per week – 10-15 hours)

 In general, the expectations for the RLA include:

  • Spend approximately 3-5 hours per week assisting CAT Community professor with the Connections Course (planning and facilitating class activities, developing classroom community, connecting with students, etc.). Your professor will determine your role in the classroom based on what works best for your community. In some CAT Communities, RLAs and LAs team teach the connections course with the professor. In others, they mainly facilitate out-of-class activities. You will need to cultivate a strong working relationship with your professor and be able to adapt to a variety of responsibilities.
  • Attend a weekly 0-1 credit hour class, EDCEP 311, with your fellow learning assistants during the fall semester of your employment. This class will help you learn how to be a better teacher, mentor, and young professional and connect you with people and resources at K-State. Along with attending, you will have reading and written assignments with this class. Responsibilities for this portion will probably take about 2 hours per week.
  • Facilitate social and educational activities outside of the classroom, including but not limited to study sessions, one-on-one meetings with individual students, field trips, lectures, etc.
  • Serve as a peer mentor and role model for first-year students
  • Meet regularly with the K-State First Learning Assistant Coordinator
  • Spend approximately 5 hours per week connecting with and educating students in the residence halls (developing academic programming, meeting with students informally, attending events, etc.)
  • Meet regularly with your Residence Hall staff and LA Coordinator (LAC) throughout school year and attend all required H&D training and meetings in August and winter break
  • Facilitate meetings and events with the CAT Community professor within the residence halls & dining centers
  • Attend 4 week professional and personal development training during the spring semester of your employment

PLEASE NOTE: Your total responsibility for the RLA position is around 10-15 hours per week minimum. At the beginning and end of each semester, you will probably spend more than 10 hours. You will need to balance those responsibilities with your own coursework and involvement on campus.

LA RESPONSIBILITIES (Estimated time per week – 5-8 hours)

In general, the minimum expectations for the LA include:

  • Spend approximately 3-5 hours per week assisting CAT Community professor with the Connections Course (planning and facilitating class activities, developing classroom community, connecting with students, etc.). Your professor will determine your role in the classroom based on what works best for your community. In some CAT Communities, RLAs and LAs team teach the connections course with the professor. In others, they mainly facilitate out-of-class activities. You will need to cultivate a strong working relationship with your professor and be able to adapt to a variety of responsibilities.
  • Attend a weekly 0-1 credit hour class, EDCEP 311, with your fellow learning assistants during the fall semester of your employment. This class will help you learn how to be a better teacher, mentor, and young professional and connect you with people and resources at K-State. Along with attending, you will have reading and written assignments with this class. Responsibilities for this portion will probably take about 2 hours per week.
  • Facilitate social and educational activities outside of the classroom, including but not limited to study sessions, one-on-one meetings with individual students, field trips, lectures, etc.
  • Serve as a peer mentor and role model for first-year students
  • Meet regularly with the K-State First Learning Assistant Coordinator
QUALIFICATIONS

The minimum qualifications for Residential Learning Assistants are:

  • Sophomore standing by the fall semester of your employment
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion (B or higher) in at least one of the CAT Community courses
  • Ability to relate well with students, faculty, and administration
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students and faculty
  • Demonstration of responsibility, positive attitude, confidence, flexibility, team orientation, and high energy
  • Demonstration of a desire to learn about Kansas State University, its policies and procedures, people, programs, and community

RLAs Only

  • Ability to commit considerable time to the position for the entire academic year, not just the Fall Term.
  • Residence Hall experience preferred
BENEFITS
  • The benefits of the Residential Learning Assistant experience include:
  • Stipend of $500 for the Fall semester
  • Opportunity to work with faculty and staff across campus
  • Significant leadership experience
  • Personal and professional development
  • Connecting with first year students in a unique learning environment

RLAs Only

  • Room and Board (includes laundry) for both semesters at no cost (must have a roommate)
APPLICATION PROCESS

Application information for the 2018/2019 academic year will be posted during Fall 2017.