Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program
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 five goals:
- training and supporting student S-LTAs to develop their leadership skills;
- assisting faculty members to implement the best practices of S-L in their course;
- supporting community partners to help ensure partnership goals are met through student and faculty engagement;
- aiding student service-learners in meeting their academic and service requirements and commitments; and
- serving as an extension of service-learning staff to facilitate a quality program that is academically rigorous and socially and ethically responsible.
S-LTAs are typically 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 as a way to foster the principles of community engagement in the course.
Applications for Fall 2019 due Monday, April 1st
S-LTAs can expect to spend approximately 7-10 hours each week committed to this role through the following responsibilities:
Training & Center of Community Service Support
- Complete S-LTA training before the semester starts (online).
- Attend the S-L Semester Kick-Off & Orientation (typically the week before or within the first week of classes).
- Attend and participate in all S-L student leader weekly meetings (Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm).
- Manage and track student service placements and hours.
Faculty & Course Support
- Attend all sessions of assigned course.
- Develop a working rapport with the faculty member; act as a thought partner for faculty and partners to integrate service and learning experiences..
- Introduce S-L to students alongside faculty member, including preparation of the course and partnerships in the 1-2 weeks leading up to the semester.
- Collaborate with faculty member to plan for upcoming classes and assignments.
- Co-facilitate reflection activities and assignments with faculty member.
- Act as an engaged participant in class (engagement to be defined in collaboration with the faculty member).
Community Partnership Support
- 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).
- Document progress of partnerships through guided activities and tools.
- Maintain communication with community partners to ensure shared goals of the partnership are on track for shared success.
Students are able to be compensated through one of the following:
- $1,000 stipend
- work-study (if eligible)
- unpaid directed or independent study (must be for academic credit, arranged through academic department)
- unpaid internship or practicum (must be for academic credit)
- volunteer (may include Civic Engagement Program)
- support from a community of peers
- opportunity to build a professional relationship with a faculty member
- professional development training (past trainings include: asset-based community development, conflict management, flexible leadership, reflection, facilitation techniques, bystander intervention)
- engage with community partners through a new perspective
- minimum 2.8 GPA
- undergraduate sophomore standing and above, including graduate students
- previous community service experience required (S-L and/or in the Boston community preferred, but not required)
- ability to work independently and collaboratively
- excellent organization and communication skills
- able to attend S-LTA training and all S-LTA weekly meetings
- patience, flexibility, and a great sense of humor!
Applications for Fall 2019 are due Monday, April 1st. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date if positions are still available.
- Read through the S-LTA responsibilities and expectations.
- Submit an online application, and upload you resume and a letter of recommendation.
- Once you begin your application, you will not be able to save a draft and return to it later. Please use the preview to help you plan your application.
- Applications require an academic or professional letter of recommendation. If you have a recommendation on file from a former opportunity, you are welcome to use that (submit as is, no need to make any edits). If you were personally asked by a faculty member to be their S-LTA, you do not need to submit a recommendation.
- Students with advanced proficiency or fluency in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian are encouraged to apply to work with one of the language courses.
- If these materials indicate a good fit, candidates will be contacted for an interview with the S-L Program. In some cases, candidates will also be asked to meet with a faculty member.
- Part 1: Foundations of S-L (20-30 minutes)
- What is Service-Learning (S-L) at Northeastern
- How S-L experiences are designed
- Core elements of S-L
- Who our stakeholders are
- Our underlying asset-based philosophy
- Our S-LTA framework
- Part 2: Responsibilities & Expectations (45-55 minutes)
- S-LTA job description & program expectations, big stuff and small bits
- S-L Team Managers & Street Team
- Student Employment & payment
- Accessing S-L resources
- Part 3: Preparing for the Classroom (35-40 minutes)
- 10,000 foot view
- Introducing S-L to students
- Professionalism & communication
- Pairing students with community partners
- Red Flags
Click here to view the S-LTA Program learning outcomes.