Start/End Date: Training June 12 – 18, 2023 Class time: June 19 - Aug. 11, 2023 (may Vary)
Location:Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
Supervised by: Academic Program Coordinator, College Preparation Program (CPP)
Time Commitment:Varies contingent upon seminar assignment(s), beginning June 12, 2023 (orientation/training); In-Focus (noncredit courses) June 19 - Aug. 11, 2023
Compensation:$17 per hour (30 hours per week)
The Northwestern College Preparation Program (CPP) offers academically advanced high school students from across the US and abroad the opportunity to enroll in one of three academic program options: undergraduate courses for credit, noncredit IN FOCUS (on campus) seminars, and noncredit e-Focus (online) seminars. Participants experience college life and academics in a safe and supportive environment, which prepares them for college success in their first years. As either residents or commuters, CPP students may take a variety of 100-and 200-level Northwestern courses to earn college credit, which may be transferred to the university in which they ultimately enroll. Our noncredit courses, IN FOCUS and e-Focus seminars are small, discussion-based offered in special topics. Please visit our website for more information.
The central responsibility of the CPP Teaching Assistant (TA) is to provide mentorship and support for the academic, experiential, and co-curricular components of the Wildcat Connect: e-FOCUS Seminars. You will have a unique opportunity to bridge and cultivate learning inside and outside the online classroom. As a Teaching Assistant you will be responsible for providing instructional and organizational support to a lead faculty member in the classroom. TAs are expected to be engaging, visible, and accessible to students on a daily basis throughout the seminar. TAs will be responsible for regularly checking in with their assigned group of students. You will be responsible for coordinating and supervising students during online program-related activities. TAs report directly to the Academic Program Coordinator and may receive further supervision from the Director of Summer Session. This is a part-time online position.
Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:
Adhere to and enforce the university’s COVID-19 requirements.
Participate in mandatory online training before program begins: June 12-18, 2023
Oversee all technological aspects to the program such as access to CAESAR, CANVAS, ZOOM, Global Protect, NU email addresses, net IDs etc.
Take attendance daily within first 15 minutes of class and submit to CPP administration.
Serve as mentor, resource, and facilitator of summer program policies, procedures, and calendar
Abide by and enforce program Standards of Conduct and University rules and procedures, and report unsafe and inappropriate behavior
Represent and uphold the values of the Northwestern community and the College Preparation Program in all circumstances
Attend all class meetings for onee-FOCUS Seminar providing classroom support and organization to faculty
Meet (conference call or via Zoom) with instructor the week of TA training
Attend meetings with instructor and program director prior to and as needed while course is in session
Serve as primary communicator with students before and during seminar, notifying students of assignments, virtual field trips, any last minute schedule changes, etc.
Engage all students during online seminar class time for study groups
Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the Instructor
Other duties as assigned by Academic Program Coordinator
Completed two years of college by June 2023 (rising junior or senior)
A consistent record of academic achievement
College-level coursework in one or more CPP/IN FOCUS academic subject area (biology, business, chemistry, creative writing, economics, engineering, environmental and earth sciences, expository writing, global health, humanities, international relations, legal studies, philosophy & literature, physics, political science)
Experience working with students ages 15–17
Energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others
A strong sense of responsibility, professionalism, and level of maturity
Excellent communication, coordination, and problem-solving skills
Team player with an ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and staff
Knowledge of the Northwestern environment, preferably as a current matriculated student or CPP/NHSI/CTD alum
Previous experience working with high school students as an RA, camp counselor, tutor, or other capacity
Previous teaching, mentoring, and/or counseling experience is desirable
Prior student affairs experience is also desirable.
Mandatory training before program begins: June 12-18, 2023
IN-Focus (noncredit courses) June 19 - Aug. 11, 2023 (may Vary)
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2023
Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview by mid April
Provide a list of three professional references and their contact information.
A cover letter for full consideration. Please answer the following questions in your cover letter:
Tell us about your specific background
Which three e-focus seminars are you interested in assisting in and why you would like to be a Teaching Assistant for these seminars. (Pleasevisit our website for more information on each seminar.)
The College Prep Program enrolls students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. How would you support residents from a diversity of countries, cultures, classes, genders, learning styles, etc.?
Please describe your technological proficiency, particularly in online pedagogy or platforms such as ZOOM and CANVAS.
COVID-19 Specific Requirements for Program Staff Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website. In-person CPP staff must adhere to and enforce all health and safety measures established by Northwestern University Residential Services and CPP, which may include masking and social distancing for both students and staff. Note that these measures may change. Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.
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