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Elon 101 Teaching Assistant Information

Why be an Elon 101 Teaching Assistant?

1). To share your knowledge! You’ll be helping 14-16 new students navigate college life for the first time, sharing important lessons you’ve learned along the way.
2). To develop transferable skills! Mentors are tolerant, resourceful, authentic leaders who are adept at active listening and crisis management. Have these skills already? No problem, we’ll help you enhance them!
3). To meet some fantastic people! Aside from first-years, you’ll be able to connect with some of Elon’s most involved students and build a more diverse network on campus.

How do I become an Elon 101 Teaching Assistant?

Currently, Teaching Assistants are nominated by Elon 101 Faculty based on a number of different credentials.
Should you wish to become an Elon 101 Teaching Assistant, please contact Elon 101 Fellow, Maggie Sheridan (contact info below), to request an application.

What are the responsibilities of Elon 101 Teaching Assistants?

• Uphold the Elon Honor Code at all times
• Serve as an advocate for first-year Elon Students
• Serve as a mentor for academic, co-curricular, and leadership involvement
• Assist in syllabus planning, course content planning, class logistics planning, and academic advising*
• Assist in facilitating class discussions*
• Serve as a liaison for student feedback to instructor
• Meet with Elon 101 faculty member as needed for planning purposes
• Maintain confidentiality of students' information when appropriate and maintain proper relationships with 101 students
• Communicate significant concerns about the Elon 101 experience with their faculty member and/or the Elon 101 Fellow*
• Attend all Elon 101 class meetings including Convocation Day activities (this requires being on campus before their regularly scheduled move-in day), Elon 101 social activities, and The Call to Honor Ceremony
• Participate regularly through the Elon 101 Teaching Assistant Moodle site

Selection and Training Responsibilities Include:
• Submitting a formal Teaching Assistant application (Available mid-April 2014)
• Attending a formal training in April-May the academic year before they begin their role**
• Completing five Teaching Assistant modules the summer before they begin their role**
• Attending a minimum of two Elon 101 Teaching Assistant meetings throughout the year (dates & times TBD)
• Communicating regularly with the Teaching Assistant Supervisor/Elon 101 Fellow (via email, phone, meetings, etc.); this includes a one-on-one with the Teaching Assistant Supervisor/Elon 101 Fellow each semester
• Completing any and all assessments of the Teaching Assistant program (surveys, etc.)
• Completing an end-of-semester evaluation of their time as an Elon 101 Teaching Assistant
• Utilizing the Elon 101 Teaching Assistant Moodle site regularly for information and professional development

*At no time should an Elon 101 Teaching Assistant be expected to serve as the primary instructor or academic advisor for students. If a Teaching Assistant becomes uncomfortable with the amount of responsibility being asked of them, they should discuss this with their faculty member, the Teaching Assistant Supervisor/Elon 101 Fellow, or the Director of Elon 101.
**All Teaching Assistants– even those who are serving in this role for the 2nd or 3rd time – are required to attend the formal training in April and complete the Teaching Assistant modules.


ATTENTION:  If you have not been nominated/selected to serve as an Elon 101 TA for the Fall 2014 semester, do not complete the Elon 101 TA application below. Instead, send an email to Maggie Sheridan, Academic Advising Fellow, at msheridan2@elon.edu that includes: (1) Your major, (2) Why you want to be an Elon 101 TA, and (3) A copy of your resume.

TA Application Link:  www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/support/forms/elon101ta.xhtml

For questions regarding this opportunity please contact Maggie Sheridan at msheridan2@elon.edu.