Academic Peer Mentor
The Academic Peer 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.
Applicants for academic mentor positions must be in good academic standing. 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.
Academic Peer Mentor Application Process
Academic Peer Mentors are hired in April and participate in training in August. Stay tuned for our job posting in the spring or get on our list, and we will inform you as soon as we post an open position. For more information, contact Tina Chong, Assistant Director, Baldwin Center, Academic Mentoring and Coaching, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing Project: Writing Assistant
Writing Assistants Are: 1. Bowdoin students who understand how hard it can be to write a paper. 2. Students nominated by professors and/or peers on the basis of writing, reading, and communication skills. 3. Intelligent, attentive readers who have been trained to provide constructive and critical feedback on their peers' writing.
Within the Writing Assistant job, the Assistants 1) work within a designated “Writing Project” course 2) hold Writing Workshop hours in the Center for Learning and Teaching five times a semester, and 3) occasionally may take on an optional, semester-long role as a “Writing Partner” to an individual student.
Writing Assistant Selection Process
Writing Assistants are selected on the basis of their writing, reading, analytical, and oral communication skills. Potential Writing Assistants are nominated by professors and/or peers. Watch for an all_student e-mail from Meredith McCarroll, Director of Writing and Rhetoric. Self-nominations are also accepted. All nominees are invited to apply. After an interview process, candidates are notified before registration begins whether they have been chosen as Writing Assistants in Training (WAIT). All WAITs enroll in a training seminar, Education 2251: The Teaching of Writing: Theory and Practice, in the semester following their selection.
Potential candidates may want to speak with the Director of Writing and Rhetoric, Meredith McCarroll (207-721-5056, email@example.com), or ask an experienced Writing Assistant about the position.
Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching: Liaison
Often the first contact a Bowdoin student has when entering the Baldwin Center in Kanbar 102, BCLT Liaisons are the face of the BCLT! Liaisons are knowledgeable about the Center’s various programs so that they can be responsive to student and faculty visitors to the Center. BCLT Liaisons work with student staff when tutoring, mentoring and the Writing Center are in session to create a welcoming, well organized hub of academic activity. Actively initiating and assisting with interactions between BCLT student staff, professional staff and Bowdoin students, BCLT Liaisons have a genuine interest in helping others and an outgoing, friendly, approachable, upbeat attitude. Liaisons may also support BCLT student and faculty events, help with marketing, etc. Working independently most of the time, Liaisons need to be an upperclass student and have prior BCLT experience. BCLT Liaisons have shifts during the day and/or in the evening hours when programming is being held. Liaisons are required to attend BCLT training. Safe Space training is highly recommended.
BCLT Liaison Application Process
Openings for BCLT Liaison will be listed on JobX. Want more information about the job? Stop by the BCLT or send an email to Tammis Donovan, Administrative Coordinator of the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quantitative Reasoning Program: Q-Tutors
July, 2021: This student job is being revised. Please reach out to Tammis Donovan, Administrative Coordinator of the BCLT with questions (or wait until mid August when we will be updating this section.)
The Quantitative Reasoning Program supports all students (online) in strengthening their understanding and application of mathematical, logical, and statistical skills. Q-tutors provide the following services:
- Learning Assistants: Also known (depending upon the department) as TAs or LAs, these Q-tutors work closely with the faculty member in one quantitative course such as: MATH/ECON/CSCI/DCS/BIOL/CHEM/PHYS/PSYC/PHIL. A study group leader typically provides one to two sessions a week for students from the course to work together on course material. These sessions are meant to be dedicated spaces for collaborative work on course material with the study group leader facilitating the learning process.
- BCLT Tutoring: Q-tutors hold hours SUN-THU nights from 7:00-10:00 PM in the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching (BCLT) Kanbar 102, providing assistance for a wide array of courses in MATH/ECON/BIOL/CHEM/STAT/PHYS.
- Individual Tutoring: Q-tutors provide one-on-one assistance for students in quantitative courses. These assignments are made only in consultation with the faculty member and require faculty member approval.
The Quantitative Reasoning Tutor Selection Process
Q-tutors and Learning Assistants for courses that require quantitative skills are referred to the Center for Learning and Teaching by their professors. Qualified students are encouraged to communicate their interest in becoming a Q-tutor to their professors. Upon referral, students will be trained by Eric Gaze of the Quantitative Reasoning Program in the art of quantitative skills tutoring. For more information, you may want to contact Eric Gaze, Director, email@example.com, or ask an experienced Q-Tutor about the position.
Peer Tutoring in the Languages
If you are skilled in a foreign language and are interested in being a peer language tutor, let the Department Chair know—the Baldwin Center is no longer hiring Language tutors.