Work for University College
University College seeks high-quality staff to assist us in our mission of assisting new students in making a successful transition to the University and in building a solid foundation for further academic success. Partner with us as a student teaching assistant, a peer learning assistant, a course instructor, an office assistant, a summer guide, and more!
Teach Gateway to College Learning (UCOL 1002)
Gateway to College Learning is an opportunity for dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators to teach incoming students how to successfully navigate OU and build a strong foundation for collegiate success. Instructors are responsible for addressing common topics such as liberal arts education, learning strategies, library skills, higher-level thinking, academic responsibility, major and career selection, social and emotional intelligence, and personal wellness. Through this letter-graded, two-credit-hour elective course, instructors also have an opportunity to share other areas of expertise by teaching a FOCUS section of the course.
Prospective instructors should have a master’s degree or higher, be knowledgeable of university programs, services, and resources, and have prior experience teaching and/or working with university students.
An interview and mandatory training sessions will be required for all eligible new instructors. Returning instructors will be responsible for attending the Annual Instructor Training held on a Thursday each mid-April from 8:00 am-1:00 pm.
Teach Strategies for Student Success (UCOL 2002)
Strategies for Success focuses on teaching students to recognize obstacles in achieving academic success. Topics include, but are not limited to, study habits, time management, emotional intelligence, making wise choices, and many other habits that successful students use in school, life and work. The course consists of a weekly one hour lecture and one hour small group discussion (around 20 students). Contact the Center for Student Advancement (CSA) for more information.
Be a Peer Learning Assistant (Tutor)
Undergraduate "tutors" must meet high academic standards and undergo required training, even beyond the College Reading and Learning Association certification standards. We seek undergraduates with at least 12 credits from OU, a 3.5 or higher GPA, and grades of A in the courses they wish to tutor. The position is posted at the end of each semester at jobs.ou.edu under "UC Learning Center."
Be a Student Learning Center Office Assistant (OA)
Undergraduate Office Assistants are the frontline of contact with students in the evenings. Their duties include tracking center visits, booking tutoring appointments, disseminating department information, and performing special projects for UC Action and the Student Success Series in UC's Student Learning Center. The position is posted at the end of each semester at jobs.ou.edu under "UC Learning Center."
Be a Student Learning Center Graduate Assistant
The Student Learning Center (SLC) in UC offers two or more Graduate Assistantships or hourly graduate student positions to oversee approximately 45 undergraduate staff. Supervision, communication, research, and constructing Peer Learning Assistant (tutor) training modules are the main duties involved with these positions. Contact us for more information.
Freshman Programs hires current OU students to serve as Peer Teaching Assistants (PTAs) in UCOL courses, Gateway to College Learning and Strategies for Success.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
1. Current OU Norman Campus student with completion of at least 12 OU undergraduate hours.
2. Minimum 3.0 OU cumulative grade point average. (Exception for those who are applying to be a PTA for Strategies only and have been recommended by a faculty or staff member.)
3. Successful completion of a UCOL course (Gateway, UC Seminar, Strategies for Success) or comparable experience.
4. Successful completion of this online application by Friday, March 24 at 5 pm CST. Please see the note regarding the application process below.
5. Submit an updated resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24.
6. Attendance at the required trainings. The first training will take place from 12:30 - 5 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
7. Must be available to be a PTA for both Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, unless an exception is approved.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW APPLICANTS ONLY:
8. Must complete an interview component. Interviews will take place Wednesday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 5.
9. Provide the name and OU email address for two (2) OU faculty and/or staff who have agreed to serve as a reference for your application for PTA. Freshman Programs will send each of your references a Recommendation Form link on your behalf. You will be responsible for ensuring your references complete the form before 5 pm on Monday, April 3.
Will serve as a peer teaching assistant for a minimum of two (2) class hours a week for both Fall 2017 in Gateway to College Learning and Spring 2018 in Strategies for Success, plus additional weekly student contacts and meetings with assignment instructor. Your total time commitment will be a minimum of 5 hours per week.
New applicants will be asked to describe and discuss the following points (500 word limit per question):
1. Academic services and support programs at OU with which you are familiar and/or have used.
2. The most difficult obstacle(s) you have had to overcome during your transition to the University of Oklahoma. Suggest ways the University of Oklahoma could ease this transition for you and other students.
3. The mentor relationship between new student and Peer Teaching Assistant. In your opinion and/or experience, what makes a good PTA?
Returning applicants will be asked to describe and discuss the following points (500 word limit per question):
1. The specific contributions you made to your assigned sections/students as a peer teaching assistant.
2. The most difficult issues you faced being a peer teaching assistant last year. What would you do different or what areas would you suggest for overall course improvement?
3. Your mentor style as a PTA. In your opinion and/or experience, what makes you a good PTA?
Friday, March 24, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. CST. Interviews will be held March 29 - April 5.
All Peer Teaching Assistants will receive a $500 tuition waiver per semester.