Required Characteristics of Learning Assistants in the Academic Support Center
- Ample Content Knowledge
- Good Communication Skills
- A Pedagogy Toolkit Comprised of Active Learning Principles
- A Service Orientation
- Friendly & approachable
- A desire to want to help people learn
- Dependable, Trustworthy, and Professional
If you have these characteristics and are interested in contributing your efforts to our mission of helping students succeed here at UW-Whitewater, apply by downloading the application form below.
Completed applications are to be dropped off at our main office (McCutchan Hall Room 7). Applications can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Process for Hiring a Learning Assistant
After the potential tutor submits the application, the director of the Academic Support Center evaluates it based on the following:
- Good grade point average
- Minimum number of classes completed
- Clear writing, with responses reflecting a desire to help people, not just "looking to make some money."
- Faculty References (which are checked)
- Overall Availability
If those areas are satisfactory, the candidate will be brought in for a face-to-face interview. Questions typically asked will be, "Why do you want to be a tutor? What do you think a tutor does? How do you define academic success?" For math and accounting applicants, an assessment of content knowledge will be administered following the interview. For writing applicants, assessments of MLA, APA and Chicago-style documentation will be administered, along with an assessment of grammatical rules.
If the interview goes well, the candidate will be invited to participate in a tutoring "Try Out" session. This is a three-week session where individuals interested in tutoring (applicants) first observe senior tutors working with clients and eventually do some volunteer tutoring under the watch of the senior tutor. This is an opportunity for applicant to see if the job is right for him or her.
If all this is good, the tutor will be offered a contract (examples found below) for the next semester. In the time remaining in the current semester, the tutor will undergo paid training. More information on this process can be found under Learning Assistant Training Process.
If you have questions, call 472-1230 or e-mail us at TutorCtr@uww.edu.
The following contracts provide job descriptions for the various positions, including rate of pay.
- Subject Tutor Contract [Word]
- Writing Tutor Contract [Word]
- Math Tutor Contract [Word]
- Supplemental Instruction Leader Contract [Word]
- Public Relations Office Contract [Word]