Academic Learning Assistant (ALA)

Description: There are 14 ALAs, one in each residence hall. ALAs provide an array of services to support residential students in the adjustment to the academic rigors of Oregon State University. ALAs work to cultivate strong academic habits and college knowledge, promote engagement with university resources, and assist students in navigating the university landscape. These services range from one-on-one meetings with students to hall-wide programming initiatives. Academic Learning Assistants are primarily supervised by a Resident Director, and will receive training and programmatic direction from the Academic Success Center staff.

Before you begin filling out the new ALA application, please take some time to make sure you have all of the materials needed to complete your application. Be sure to read over the full Academic Learning Assistant Position Description.

Essay Questions

Please read over and draft your responses to the essay questions prior to beginning the application. We highly suggest drafting your answers in a word processor prior to starting the application. The essay questions are:

    1. A core component of the ALA job is providing academic support to students. What skills and experiences do you have that will help you be a successful ALA? Please include specific examples of times when you demonstrated these attributes.
    2. Identify a challenge that many students face in being academically successful. Describe a program you could offer that would address this need. Please provide your rationale for selecting this program and describe how you would plan your event to reach a wide audience.
    3. Please think about a time in the recent past when you interacted with someone who held a social identity different than yours. What were the challenges you encountered and what did you learn from that experience? How would you apply these challenges and what you learned from this interaction to the ALA position?


You will also need to have an up to date resume for your application. Please make sure you have your resume completed in a word or PDF file (.doc, .docx, .pdf). If you would like to know more about creating a resume, please contact the Career Development Center.


You will need to provide a name, email address, and phone number for TWO references.  Choose people who know you well and can speak to your potential ability to be a successful ALA, with focus on the minimum and preferred qualifications of the ALA position description.  These references can be from Oregon State, but do not need to be.  Please do not use a parent or other family member to serve as a reference.  And remember to let your references know you are listing their information should we contact them!

Once you have all of this information ready, you can begin filling out the ALA Application.

Student Staff Hiring Timeline 2017 - 2018 (RA, ALA, & CRF)

  • Online application opens: RA, CRF, and ALA applications available online by Dec. 1
  • OSU Corvallis Campus Information Sessions
    • TBD
  • On-campus employment fair (time/location TBD).
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017: Application deadline
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 : Hall Staff interview weekend

For questions about the ALA position at the Corvallis campus, contact us here