Academic Learning Assistant (ALA)

 

Description: The Academic Learning Assistant is a live-in, peer mentorship, student staff position working an average of 15 hours a week within the Residence Halls on the Oregon State University Corvallis Campus. There are 14 ALAs, one assigned to each of the residential communities.

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 the Area Director for Academic Initiatives within UHDS and will receive ongoing training and programmatic support from the Academic Success Center staff and the supervisor of their assigned Residence Hall.

 

Minimum/Required Qualifications:
  • Full time OSU student or degree partnership student with an OSU or Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by start date (Fall Start Date: September 3, 2019)
  • Be in good academic and conduct standing UHDS and/or OSU
  • Demonstrate strong administrative skills, including effective time management and balancing multiple priorities and commitments
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in written form
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high level of self-direction and initiative.
  • Understanding of difference and inclusion
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic environment

 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience in a leadership or peer mentoring role on or off campus
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain relationships
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
  • Experience with presenting information to others, leading discussions, or facilitating large group workshops

 

ALA Compensation
  • A furnished Residence Hall room on the OSU Corvallis campus for Fall, Winter, and Spring terms
  • A Student Staff Meal Plan for Fall (14 weeks including Training and Welcome Week), Winter and Spring Terms (11 weeks)
  • A $300 per term stipend

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Before you begin filling out the 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.

REFERENCES

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

RESUME

You will 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.

 

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 your 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.

 

  • As an ALA you will be working closely with students in your hall as a peer mentor, providing support, resources, and follow-up in a one on one setting. 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?

 

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

APPLY NOW

http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/70509

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • 2019-2020 ALA Application Opens January 1, 2019
  • Application Closes on February 4, 2019 at 5pm
  • First round of interviews offered February 15th with interviews taking place February 25-March 3, 2019
  • ALA Positions offered March 11, 2019

QUESTIONS

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