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Supplemental Instruction Leader Responsibilities and Qualifications

Facilitate Learning

  • Attend SI-affiliated course and model positive classroom behavior, demonstrating effective study skills such as attentiveness, note-taking, and participating in class discussion.
  • Make in-class announcements to remind students of SI session times and locations.
  • Meet with SI faculty member during first week of classes and maintain weekly communication throughout the term to discuss SI session strategies and activities.
  • Read assigned texts and supplemental materials.
  • Attend class on exam day to review the exam and hold post-test debriefing.
  • Utilize provided SI strategies to facilitate dynamic, peer-to-peer learning opportunities for students.
  • Use effective questioning and redirecting strategies to promote independent learning.

Participate in SI Leader Training and Assessment

  • Participate in introductory SI Leader training.
  • Read the WaLC Associates’ Manual and complete additional training activities as assigned.
  • Participate in weekly SI Leader meetings to collaborate on session plans and discuss strategies.
  • Review documents in the WaLC Canvas course and refer to them as needed.
  • Collect accurate attendance information at every SI session.
  • Assist with the administration of SI surveys as required.
  • Complete an end-of-term self-evaluation.
  • Assess student progress to effectively pace and direct sessions. 

Demonstrate Professional and Ethical Behavior

  • Act in accordance with the WaLC’s Code of Ethics.
  • Comply with and enforce the WaLC’s Policies for Students.
  • Report to class and SI sessions on time and avoid canceling sessions. Notify the WaLC (828-227-2274) immediately if you will be late or unable to attend a scheduled session. In the case of cancellations, attempt to contact your supervisor, the students, and the course instructor to reschedule the session.
  • Be willing to remain in the position for two semesters.
  • Maintain a regular SI session schedule. Do not make changes without first consulting with your supervisor and course instructor.
  • Establish appropriate physical, emotional, and social boundaries with the students you serve. Notify your supervisor immediately if you are unable to do so.
  • Address situations with students within the limits of your training, position, and expertise. Supplemental Instruction Leaders are not to re-lecture course material, complete students’ homework for them, suggest a grade for an assignment discussed in a session, or to engage in negative talk about an instructor’s teaching methods, grading policies, assignments, or personality.
  • Model successful student behavior when questions arise that you are not able to answer. Help students identify other sources (the course instructor, textbook, tutors, or other students) of information about the topic.
  • Reply within 12 hours to phone calls from the WaLC Executive Team and within 24 hours to emails from the WaLC.
  • Clean up the classroom at the conclusion of each SI session: wipe down whiteboards and tables, throw away trash, and return any borrowed materials to their appropriate places.
  • Be familiar with available campus resources and make referrals when appropriate.

Fulfill Administrative Responsibilities

  • Submit hiring form to Career Services (non-work study positions) or Financial Aid (work study positions) prior to your first day of work
  • Complete direct deposit paperwork (available from Career Services or Financial Aid offices). All student employees are required to enroll in the direct deposit program.
  • Record your hours on your timesheet every week and submit your timesheet every other week.
  • Check your Catamount email regularly for updates from the WaLC.
  • Use Navigate to maintain up-to-date contact information (cell phone and home phone numbers)
  • Keep SI attendance data updated and organized.
  • Submit weekly SI Session plans. 


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