S-L Teaching Assistant Program

Introducting the Spring 2015 Service-Learning Teaching Assistants!

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Pictured above (listed in alphabetical order):Liza Ashley, Gauhar Bauyrzhankyzy, Chrissy Beluk, Sarah Bloom, Nathan Botelho, Lea Choukroun, Katie Elliot, Cristina Esposito, Hannah Flath, Michael Gaitskell, Brooke Hoger, Jake Holstein, Ariel Hovland, Jess Iocca, Stacey Kanner, Suzie Kim, Nikki Makwinski, Tori McDonald, Kristy Pardo, Sarah Pease, Jen Plattel, Lindsey Sampson, Kayla Scholl, Jonathan Tran, Nicole Wheaton, Vivian Zhang; Not pictured above: Anthony Pulido

Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (S-LTAs) act as a liaison and resource for S-L campus and community partners. Therefore, the S-LTA program is designed around four goals:

  1. training and supporting student S-LTAs to develop their leadership skills;
  2. assisting faculty members to implement the best practices of S-L in their course;
  3. supporting community partners to help ensure partnership goals are met through student and faculty engagement;
  4. aiding student service-learners in meeting their academic and service requirements and commitments.


Usually S-LTAs are assigned to a single course, and therefore support a specific faculty member, cohort of students, and one or more community partnerships throughout the semester. In many ways, S-LTAs act as a project manager and logistics coordinator for the course and associated partnerships. 

 

 

S-LTA Responsibilities & Expectations: S-LTAs spend approximately 7-14 hours each week commited to this role through the following responsibilities, and additional tasks as they arise:

1. Training & Center of Community Service Support

  • Complete S-LTA training module (typically 2-6 weeks before start of the semester)
  • Attend the S-L Partnership Orientation (the week before classes start)
  • Attend and participate in all S-LTA weekly meeting (Wednesdays at 6-7:30pm)
  • Hold 1.5 office hours each week in the Center of Community Service
  • Participate in the evaluation process and work with S-L staff to distribute program evaluations
  • Manage and track student service placements through myNEU

2. Classroom Participation

  • Attend all sessions of assigned course
  • Introduce S-L to peers alongside faculty member
  • Co-facilitate reflection activities and assignments with faculty member

3. Faculty & Community Partner Relationships

  • Develop a working rapport with the faculty member
  • Collaborate with faculty member to plan for upcoming classes and assignments
  • Act as a thought partner for faculty and partners to integrate service and learning experiences
  • Communicate with community partners to assign students to their organization and ensure their expectations are being met through service (attendance, engagement, etc. of student service-learners)

S-LTA Compensation  & Qualifications

Students are able to be compensated through one of the following:

  • work-study (if work-study eligible)
  • $1,000 stipend (limited availability)
  • directed or independent study (academic credit)
  • internship or practicum
  • part-time unpaid co-op
  • volunteer (may include Civic Engagement Program)

S-LTA Qualifications

  • minimum 2.8 GPA
  • undergraduate sophmore standing and above, including graduate student
  • previous community service experience required (a plus if through S-L and/or in the Boston community)
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • excellent organization and communication skills
  • able to attend S-LTA training and all S-LTA weekly meetings
  • patience, flexibilty, and a great sense of humor!

S-LTA Application Process

  • Read through the S-LTA responsibilities and expectations above.
  • Submit an online application (we are no longer accepting applications for fall 2015).
      • If you were recruited specifically by your faculty member to work alongside them with a specific course, please include this information in your application.
      • Students with advanced proficiency or fluency in Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin) are encouraged to apply to work with one of the language courses.
  • Email your resume to service-learning@neu.edu within 24 hours of submitting your application.
  • If these materials indicate a good fit, candidates will be contacted for a group interview with the S-L program. In some cases, candidates will also be asked to meet with a faculty member.

Download a summary here.

Click here to view the S-LTA Program learning outcomes.