Academic Learning Assistant (ALA)

Description: There are Academic Learning Assistants in each residence hall (One ALA serves both Hawley & Buxton halls, and one ALA serves McNary Hall and Dixon Lodge). 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, be sure to read over the full Academic Learning Assistant Position description.

Please take some time to make sure you have all of the materials needed to complete your application.

Essay Questions

You will be required to answer several essay questions when applying for this position. Please read over and draft your responses to the essay questions prior to beginning the application.

  • A core component of the ALA job is providing academic support to students. Share your thoughts on why you would like the opportunity to be an ALA and how it aligns with your future goals. Please provide skills and experiences that will help you be a successful ALA. Include specific examples of times when you demonstrated these attributes.


  • As an ALA you will be working closely with students in your hall as a peer mentor, providing support, resources, and follow-up in one on one settings. Please share a time when you were in a mentorship role, providing support to someone else. What skills do you have that helped in that situation? How might you apply what you learned from this interaction to your role as an ALA?


  • Identify a challenge many students face in being academically successful. As an Academic Learning Assistant, what strategies and/or resources would you integrate into your weekly office hours or daily student outreach to address that need? Please provide examples of how this might look within your future hall community.


  • Please think about a time in the recent past when you interacted or worked with someone who held an identity different than yours. What did you learn about yourself from this interaction? Reflecting on this time where you worked across difference, how will this inform the way you approach your role as an ALA when working with people different than yourself?



You will also need to have an up to date resume for your application. Please submit your resume in a PDF file. If you would like to know more about creating a resume, please contact the Career Development Center.

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


There are no letters of recommendation or references required for the ALA position.

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 2018-2019 Application Closed


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