Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you can become a VCU service-learning teaching assistant. Service-learning teaching assistants develop new skills, work closely with faculty, develop relationships with community leaders and participate in a wide variety of community initiatives. Students who are interested in becoming SLTAs must be nominated by a VCU service-learning instructor.
Students who serve as service-learning teaching assistants will:
The undergraduate SLTA Program serves as a crucial element in the VCU Service-Learning Program. SLTAs enhance the learning experiences of students who are enrolled in service-learning classes and help faculty members manage the logistical details of their service-learning class and service placements.
Students who have been an SLTA for at least two semesters and wish to continue in the program have the opportunity to become SLTA Fellows. These students participate in an advanced version of the SLTA required seminar, CMST 411 (PDF). This 1.5 credit course provides fellows with the opportunity to serve as peer leaders in the CMST 410 seminar. Additional tasks include helping to facilitate class discussion, providing mentoring to new SLTAs and working with the seminar facilitator to develop an independent service-learning project. Fellows continue to serve as a TA for their service-learning instructor.
The Service-Learning Graduate Teaching Assistant (SLgTA) Program apprentices graduate students to outstanding, community-engaged faculty members in the student's academic discipline. Graduate-level SLgTAs enroll in CMST 691 (PDF) and collaborate with their mentor faculty member and the service-learning program director to individually tailor their course requirements and SLgTA roles.
Graduate-level SLgTA roles often include teaching, research and service responsibilities, thereby preparing graduate students for future faculty positions. New graduate-level SLgTAs are strongly encouraged to attend the Community Engagement Institute prior to the semester in which they serve as an SLgTA.
SLgTAs must be nominated by a service-learning class instructor. If you are a graduate student and are interested in becoming an SLgTA, please contact a service-learning instructor within your academic program. Current service-learning class instructors can be identified online at Find a Class.
A VCU service-learning instructor must nominate both undergraduate and graduate students for an SLTA position. Nominated students then submit a formal application to the SLTA Program. If you have any questions about the SLTA program, e-mail Katie Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.