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Academic Center for Tutoring

Employment at the ACT: Tutors, Peer Leaders, Graduate Assistant

The positions for which we hire in the ACT include tutors, peer leaders, and graduate assistants. This page contains information for applying to each.

Overview

Staff Roles

ACT employs tutors and peer leaders for different categories: math & science and writing & humanities. Currently, we are a peer education center, which implies we only hire undergraduate tutors and peer leaders. Our recruitment preferences and practices focus on hiring applicants who can tutor in two (2) or more subjects (any combination of math or science or writing or humanities), applicants with a 3.0 - 3.5 GPA and above, and applicants who are well-rounded academically. We avoid hiring applicants who excel in their major or a particular subject area, but struggle in their non-major or general education/elective courses.

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. Tutor applicants do not have to be majors in the subject they want to tutor. Tutor applicants 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. 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. Peer leader applicants do not have to be majors in the subject they want to lead. Peer leader applicants need only to know and love their subject and have a willingness to help others.

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

Hiring Cycle

The following information is a guide for ideal times to submit applications.

To apply to be a tutor/peer leader for fall semester, applicants should complete and submit all material after the 2nd Monday of March and before the 3rd Monday of April. To apply to be a tutor/peer leader for spring semester, applicants should complete and submit all material after the 2nd Monday of October and before the 3rd Monday of November.

Training

Training is mandatory for tutors and peer leaders in a 0-credit, no-cost course, called ITDS 2795 Lead Learner (Sample Syllabus). The course is online in CougarVIEW. The organization is in weekly modules with weekly deadlines. The learning activities and assessments include free, online readings, reading quizzes, and discussion boards. The course learning activities conclude after the tenth week of the semester.

Please read the sections below to find out more about our hiring procedures.

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 (summary) 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 (summary) appointment for a peer leader position.
  5. Dependent on the success and quality of the above -- and initiated 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 (Sample Syllabus). 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. Continue to develop your own knowledge and skills.
  2. Learn teaching and communication strategies for the workplace and the classroom.
  3. Build your résumé for the job market, graduate school, and scholarships.
  4. Receive funding for professional memberships and conference attendance (a résumé builder).
  5. Earn pay above minimum wage.

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 highly-polished (error free), research-based (in academic style, includes arugment) 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 (summary) 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 (summary) appointment for a peer leader position.
  5. Dependent on the success and quality of the above -- and initiated 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 (Sample Syllabus). 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. Continue to develop your own research and writing skills.
  2. Learn teaching and communication strategies for the workplace and the classroom.
  3. Build your résumé for the job market, graduate school, and scholarships.
  4. Receive funding for professional memberships and conference attendance (a résumé builder).
  5. Earn pay above minimum wage.

Graduate Assistant

The ACT staff includes one graduate assistant among the administrative staff. The administrative staff includes the director, two administrative assistants, one coordinator, and a graduate assistant. The ACT needs a graduate student assistant who can lead, tutor, research, write, produce various content, and contribute to a team.

Before applying to the graduate assistant position, read the policies and procedures found at Graduate Assistantships and read the graduate assistant job description to determine if it's the right fit for you. It's important to know, "Graduate assistants should have an academic record of distinction and admission test scores or should have special talents/skills associated with the academic discipline" (Graduate Assistantships Policy and Procedures). If you believe it is the right fit, after studying for the position, then complete and submit an Application for Graduate Assistant of the ACT. Have a professor complete a recommendation form. Complete and submit any required forms found on Graduate Assistantships. After performing all these tasks, notify the direcctor via email that they are complete. The hiring process for the position is competitive.