The Sheridan Center hosts a wide variety of paid student roles focused on supporting and cultivating a culture of intergenerational, interdisciplinary teaching and learning at Brown. We also offer learning opportunities for student staff through ongoing professional development around learning, pedagogy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. We currently have the following student openings at the Sheridan Center.
Are you interested in strengthening your teaching, presentation, and leadership skills? The Tutoring Program is looking for undergraduate students like you who are passionate about teaching and learning and helping others achieve their academic goals. Prior tutoring or TA experience is not required.
Academic group tutors are trained undergraduates who support student learning and development. Group tutors meet weekly with a small group of students (~6) to review key lecture topics, foster critical thinking through peer-to-peer dialogue, and develop students' problem-solving skills and learning strategies.
More information, including supported courses and open positions, is available on the Academic Tutoring website. Flexible hours and minimum time commitment of ~4 hours a week. Starting wage is $15 p/hour.
Writing Center Associate
Writing Associates are current graduate students who facilitate virtual and in-person one-on-one meetings with writers from various disciplines and at various academic levels (including pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as alumni and staff) during 50-minute pre-scheduled appointments. In addition to supporting writers at Brown, the Writing Associates program is designed to help associates develop their writing pedagogy and enhance their teaching portfolio.
Writing Associates work one or two 3-hour shifts per week, and commit to attending one professional development meeting per month. Additionally, associates can opt to design and facilitate writing-related workshops for courses at Brown.
Writing Associates are trained in evidence-based inclusive and anti-racist writing pedagogies. No prior experience with these pedagogies is required, but applicants should demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply these pedagogies to their tutoring praxis. Successful associates are also learner-centered and reflective of their own writing and language-learning process.
The Writing Center is not currently accepting applications for Writing Associate positions.
Writing Fellows are trained peer tutors who support other Brown students to improve their ability to communicate in writing. Coming from all academic disciplines, Writing Fellows learn inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist approaches to peer tutoring. In their first semester, Writing Fellows complete the course ENG1190M: The Theory and Practice of Writing. After their training, they are assigned to courses and work twice with up to 9 students or three times with up to 6 students on up to 100 pages of writing over the course of a semester, each time receiving paper drafts, reading and responding, and meeting individually with writers to discuss revision plans. Students interested in becoming a Writing Fellow must first complete ENGL 1190M: The Teaching and Practice of Writing. Toward the end of the Fall semester, students who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to apply to become Writing Fellows for the following semester and beyond. More information can be found on the Sheridan Writing Fellows website.
Problem Solving Fellows
The Sheridan Center invites applications for a yearlong position beginning the Spring of 2022 as a Problem Solving Fellow (PSF) who will support the Associate Director for Undergraduate STEM Development. This position is for students who are dedicated to continually developing their pedagogical and problem solving skills in order to improve the experiences of undergraduate students at Brown.
PSFs will be able to:
- Design effective problems
- Collaborate with faculty members and students about problem solving
- Provide feedback to peers about their teaching and problem solving
- Investigate and report on problem solving learning and teaching at Brown
- Inclusively lead and develop students’ teaching and problem solving
- Perform class observations
This position is a stipended position of $1,475 per term.
Students who have completed the course UNIV 1110: The Theory and Practice of Problem Solving with a satisfactory grade are eligible to apply and has at least one term of experience as a UTA or an equivalent position as a peer educator (e.g. tutor, peer mentor for the New Scientist program, etc.). More information and the application can be found on the Sheridan Problem Solving Fellows website.