Learning Community Floor Mentor Application (2017-2018)

Learning Community Floor Mentor 2017-2018

Applications Open: December 16, 2016
Applications Close: February 10, 2017

Position Description

Learning Communities provide cohorts of students with opportunities to investigate areas of interest, either based on their major or an interdisciplinary topic, through guided courses and co-curricular activities. Learning Communities develop knowledgeable, responsible, engaged citizens in a culture of inquiry within a learner-centered university. While assisting students with their transition to academic life, they offer a small college feel and a sense of place on a large campus; they promote meaningful and sustained interactions with faculty, staff and student leaders; and they provide an effective structure for curricular coherence, deeper learning, student success, persistence, and engagement. About 40 percent of the incoming class participates in a learning community, as well as hundreds of students beyond the first year.

The Learning Community Floor Mentor role will assist in fulfilling the mission of the Learning Community Program as well as supporting the initiatives and supporting the overall success of their respective communities. Mentors will be a resource to Learning Community students, provide advice and support during their transition, and be a positive role model. Floor Mentors will work in collaboration with all members of the LC Leadership Team including directors, support team, instructors, staff, graduate assistants, and hall directors, as well as other student leaders such as resident assistants, FYE mentors and other floor mentors.

Responsibilities

  • Commit to living on the floor of the respective Learning Community
  • Be available and approachable for students and respond promptly to questions
    • Hold office hours or notify students of specific times you are available to meet
    • Respond to emails, text messages, social media or other agreed upon modes of communication within 24 hours (excluding emergencies or other time sensitive matters)
  • Planning and implementing community events in collaboration with the resident assistant(s), and other student leaders
    • Specific number of events and theme/topic will be decided in collaboration with the director
  • Utilize social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) to communicate and connect with students in the community
  • Support and respect the resident assistant in their role, including but not limited to; referring students to resident assistant for residential issues and/or health and safety issues that pertain to individual students or to the community as a whole, as well as student conduct issues
  • Attend Learning Community events (events offered by the Learning Community Program and the individual community)
  • Attend all Learning Community Leadership Team meetings
  • Be proactive in connecting students to resources and opportunities on campus
  • Develop an inclusive community that is supportive and accepting of all individuals
  • Attend all required trainings, including Floor Mentor Training held during the first week of classes, and ongoing monthly trainings

Qualifications

  • Must have been a member of a Learning Community for at least one year
  • Accepted to return to live in the Learning Community for the next academic year
  • Full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing with the University
  • Dedicated to the Learning Community Program with demonstrated past involvement
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the Learning Community Leadership team
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Invested in the academic, social, and personal success of Learning Community students
  • Demonstrated high levels of maturity, professionalism, critical thinking skills, and sound decision making