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Academic Center for Tutoring

Academic Center for Tutoring

Employment

Overview for Applicants and Faculty

ACT employs tutors and peer leaders for different categories: math & science and writing & humanities. Currently, we are a peer tutoring center, which means we only hire undergraduate tutors. 

Needed Subjects Coverage

Tutors always serve in more than one area, and it could be any combination of science, math, writing, and humanities. Here are our areas of need:

COMM (Majors), ENVI, FREN, GEOL, HIST (Majors), MATH (2125, CALC 3), PHIL (2010, 20, 30), PHYS I & II, STAT 1127

Tutors

Tutors work one-to-one with fellow students to support them primarily in their core or general education courses in math, science, writing, & humanities required for various majors. Depending on the experience of tutors, they might also support students in upper-division courses. We are looking for tutors who are not only knowledgeable in their subject areas/majors, but who also are enthusiastic about sharing their personal learning strategies and learning strategies beyond their personal experience. We need tutors to explain complex concepts in everyday terms in a friendly manner and without condescension. Tutors work in the ACT 1 - 10 hours per week on a regular schedule. Training is mandatory in a no-cost course, called ITDS 2795 Lead Learner. Tutor candidates do not have to be majors in the subject they want to tutor. Tutor candidates need only to know and love their subject and have a willingness to help others.

Peer Leaders

Peer Leader instruction is not tutoring or re-lecturing. Instead, peer leaders facilitate peer-to-peer learning and share strategies with students that help them process knowledge and apply various critical thinking skills. As with tutors, we are looking for peer leaders who are not only knowledgeable in their subject areas/majors, but who also are enthusiastic about sharing their personal learning strategies and learning strategies beyond their personal experience. We need peer leaders to explain complex concepts in everyday terms in a friendly manner and without condescension. Training is mandatory in a no-cost course, called ITDS 2795 Lead Learner, and in monthly meetings. Peer leaders attend 2-3 lectures per week and host 2-3 hours of peer learning sessions outside of class. These sessions are free, voluntary, anonymous, and fun.

For more information, contact Randall Casleton ( casleton_randall@columbusstate.edu) or Eliot Rendleman (rendleman_eliot@columbusstate.edu ).

Please read the sections below to find out more about our recruitment and training process.

To Become a Math/Science Tutor or Peer Leader

To Become a Writing & Humanities Tutor or Peer Leader

To Become a Math/Science Tutor or Peer Leader

Roles

In math & science, there are

  • hourly tutors who typically work one-to-one with clients.
  • peer instruction leaders who are assigned to faculty members; attend 1 - 2 classes per week of assigned faculty members; and lead small study groups of students from the PL course. Peer leaders can also be tutors, but not all tutors are peer leaders.

Requirements

Enrolled CSU students have the potential to become a tutor or peer leader at the ACT if they have

  1. At least sophomore status.
  2. A CSU GPA of a B/3.0 or higher.
  3. A B/3.0 or higher in all math and/or science courses.

Procedure

The ACT strives to find personable, multi-faceted staff to best suit our clientele. Recruitment occurs during the fall and spring semesters. If completed successfully, the following steps will lead to employment as a tutor at the ACT:

  1. Submit by a faculty / supervisor a recommendation for the applicant via the ACT Recommendation Form for Tutor or Peer Leader Applicant. The recommender must be familiar with your level of expertise in your tutoring area. The faculty/supervisor must use MyCSU/OneCSU Login information to access the form. 
  2. Complete Application for ACT Math/Science Tutors & Peer Leaders. MyCSU/OneCSU Login information REQUIRED to access the form.
  3. For tutor applicants only, not peer leader applicants: Send an email with your resume attached (as a PDF or Word file) to Dr. Eliot Rendleman at rendleman_eliot@columbusstate.edu, notifying him that you've completed #1 and #2, and that you request an interview appointment for a tutor position. 
  4. For peer leader applicants only, not tutor applicants: Send an email with your resume attached (as a PDF or Word file) to Mr. Randall Casleton at casleton_randall@columbusstate.edu, notifying him that you've completed #1 and #2, and that you request an interview appointment for a peer leader position.
  5. Dependent on the success and quality of the above -- and initated by the Director of the Academic Center for Tutoring -- interview with the director and other key administrative staff.
  6. Train: Performance in the following training will determine whether a probationary tutor/peer leader will continue on staff. 
    1. Tutors will enroll in and complete ITDS 2795. Lead Learners: Peer Tutors and Mentors, as they tutor in ACT. ITDS 2795 is a 0-credit course that will cost you nothing but time in training and learning activities. Tutors may begin tutoring on the schedule after completing 4 - 5 modules of the course, once they have completed the first observation training period.
    2. Peer leaders will enroll in and complete ITDS 2795. Lead Learners: Peer Tutors and Mentors, as they peer lead for the ACT. Additionally, peer leaders will work with the PL Coordinator in biweekly or monthly training meetings.
  7. Assuming you successfully accomplish the above steps, print, complete, and deliver the following to a representative in Human Resources, Richards Hall, room 228:
    1. Personal Data form (Click)
    2. Criminal Background Check form (Click).

Benefits

Tutors and peer leaders gain many personal and professional benefits. Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Continuing to develop your own knowledge and skills
  2. Learning teaching and communication strategies for the workplace and the classroom
  3. Building your résumé for the job market, graduate school, and scholarships
  4. Receiving funding for professional memberships and conference attendance (a résumé builder)

To Become a Writing & Humanities Tutor or Peer Leader

In writing & humanities, ACT employs staff members who are primarily writing tutors for clients who having writing assignments in courses across the discipline and from a variety of levels. Staff members also have secondary specialities, such as foreign languages, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and history, and they may tutor the content in another subject besides English. For some subjects--such as history, political science, and Spanish--we are looking for peer instruction leaders who are assigned to faculty members; attend 1 - 2 classes per week of assigned faculty members; and lead small study groups of students from the PL course. Peer leaders can also be tutors, but not all tutors are peer leaders.

Requirements

Enrolled CSU students have the potential to become a peer writing tutor and subject tutor at the ACT if they have

  1. At least sophomore status.
  2. A CSU GPA of a B/3.0 or higher.
  3. Completed ENGL 1102 and are strong writers (A's and B's).
  4. A's in the appropriate courses in secondary specialty in humanities (for which we have demand).

Procedure

The ACT strives to find personable, multi-faceted staff to best suit our clientele. Recruitment is in the fall and spring semesters for enrollment in ITDS 2795. (See below.) If completed successfully, the following steps are highly likely to lead to employment as a tutor or peer leader at the ACT:

  1. Submit by a faculty / supervisor a recommendation for the applicant via the ACT Recommendation Form for Tutor or Peer Leader Applicant. The recommender must be familiar with your level of expertise in your tutoring area. The faculty/supervisor must use  MyCSU/OneCSU Login information REQUIRED to access the form.
  2. Complete Application for ACT Writing/Humanities Tutors & Peer LeadersMyCSU/OneCSU Login information REQUIRED to access the form.
  3. For tutor applicants only, not peer leader applicants: Send a polished, research-based writing sample  and resume to Dr. Eliot Rendleman at rendleman_eliot@columbusstate.edu; notify him that you've completed #1 and #2; and request an interview appointment for a tutor position.
  4. For peer leader applicants only, not tutor applicants: Send an email with your resume attached (as a PDF or Word file) to Mr. Randall Casleton at casleton_randall@columbusstate.edu, notifying him that you've completed #1 and #2, and that you request an interview appointment for a peer leader position.
  5. Dependent on the success and quality of the above -- and initated by the Director of the Academic Center for Tutoring -- interview with the director and other key administrative staff.
  6. Train: Performance in the following training will determine whether a probationary tutor/peer leader will continue on staff.
    1. Tutors will enroll in and complete ITDS 2795. Lead Learners: Peer Tutors and Mentors, as they tutor in ACT. ITDS 2795 is a 0-credit course that will cost you nothing but time in training and learning activities. Tutors may begin tutoring on the schedule after completing 4- 5 modules of the course, once they have completed the first observation training period.
    2. Peer leaders will enroll in and complete ITDS 2795. Lead Learners: Peer Tutors and Mentors, as they peer lead for the ACT. Additionally, peer leaders will work with the PL Coordinator in biweekly or monthly training meetings.
  7. Assuming you successfully accomplish the above steps, print, complete, and deliver the following to a representative in Human Resources, Richards Hall, room 228:
    1. Personal Data form (Click)
    2. Criminal Background Check form (Click)

Benefits

You will gain many personal and professional benefits if you become a consultant. Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Continuing to develop your own research and writing skills
  2. Learning teaching and communication strategies for the workplace and the classroom
  3. Building your résumé for the job market, graduate school, and scholarships
  4. Receiving funding for professional memberships and conference attendance (a résumé builder)