Student Employment Opportunities


Baldwin Program Mentor Job Description

Baldwin Program Mentors are peer academic counselors who work with Bowdoin students committed to discovering strategies and approaches that will best help achieve their personal academic goals. Mentors work with individual students and small groups, and might be asked to facilitate workshops and study groups.

Baldwin Program mentors are available during advertised hours in the Center for Learning and Teaching, Kanbar Hall, Room 102 and other areas of campus, and also make individual appointments with students at times convenient to both parties. 

Requirements:

Applicants for academic mentor positions must be in good academic standing, and must maintain an average of B- or better in all classes during the semester prior to training and while employed.

Motivation, interest, enthusiasm, openness to diversity and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality are essential characteristics of successful mentors.

Mentors are required to commit a minimum of 3 hours per week throughout the semester.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learn and practice a variety of learning assessments and study strategies by participating in training and completing weekly readings and logs during work hours.
  • Participate and regularly check student website, Blackboard for further training and on-line discussions.
  • Complete assessments of students' study strategies, learning styles and academic goals.
  • Help students learn new strategies and approaches to improve academic performance.
  • Support students attempting to implement study strategy changes.
  • Meet regularly with Baldwin Program for Academic Development staff.
  • Participate in on-going training throughout the academic year.
  • Be available during regularly scheduled hours to meet with students requesting academic mentoring. Some evening hours may be expected.
  • Maintain organized and complete written records of every mentoring interaction.
  • Maintain complete confidentiality regarding all student information.
  • Organize and present workshops.
  • Other duties as assigned.

For more information or to apply for a position, see the Student Employment website


Study Group Facilitator Job Description

The Baldwin Program for Academic Development sponsors peer-facilitated study groups in certain courses. Study group facilitators are responsible for keeping the group on task, helping members understand the expectations of the professor, introducing different approaches to studying the material, and managing the logistics of the group. Facilitators should focus primarily on the process for learning the content of a particular course or discipline and should not get drawn into attempting to re-teach the course.


Tasks:

  • Attend paid training at the beginning of the semester.
  • Attend a one-hour training with the Student Employment Office.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student information.
  • Attend the targeted class if your schedule allows. If not, review the weekly class notes provided for you at the Baldwin Program, located in the Center for Learning and Teaching, Kanbar 102.
  • Conduct weekly group(s).
  • Create a 'plan' for each study group session using information from the class.
  • Give a weekly attendance list and an update on the group's progress to the Study Group Supervisor.
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with the professor to discuss the group's progress. (45 minutes each)
  • Attend two facilitator meetings (run by the Study Group Supervisors) during the semester.
  • Complete a final evaluation with your comments on the study group program.

For more information or to apply for a position, see the Student Employment website