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.
Digital Learning Assistant
Digital Learning Assistants will work alongside learning designers, technologists, and digital media experts as we partner with instructors to create engaging learning experiences with the goal of fostering innovative teaching at Brown.
You will be asked to help with a wide variety of tasks in support of course development. You will gain skills and experience in the fundamentals of learning technology, learning design, and the production and application of educational media. While having an interest in digital learning technologies is important, we will provide training to get you up-to-speed on our particular tools, processes, and methodology.
Duties vary from project to project but may include:
● Quality assurance process on digital experiences
● Reviewing course content for typos, grammar, flow, consistency, structure, etc.
● Partnering with faculty to fix accessibility issues with their courses
● Assisting with setting up courses in Canvas
● Researching digital/web tools to support specific design needs and emerging trends in digital learning
● Creating screencasts or other resources to support faculty development and the student experience
● Assisting on web development projects using basic HTML/CSS/JS
● Researching external or archival media assets including still images, stock footage, music, motion graphics
● Assisting on filming days, setting up cameras, lights, microphones, teleprompters, green screens
● Video Editing, stringing together new footage, makes changes to draft edits
● Updating or designing slides in PowerPoint or Google
For more information and to apply, visit the Digital Learning Assistant student job posting in Workday. You will need to sign-in with your Brown University credentials to access: https://wd5.myworkday.com/brown/d/inst/15$158872/9925$19726.htmld
Creative Technology Assistant at the Multimedia Labs
Creative Technology Assistants, or CTAs for short, are the heart of Multimedia Labs at Brown. CTA are responsible for developing group trainings for lab members on MML equipment, provide assistance and project consultation on the use of the MML’s creative technology and software, and help the MML professional Staff maintain our lab locations. The Multimedia Labs are dedicated to fostering the use of technology for innovative pedagogy and creative expression. We provide the entire brown community with software, hardware, training, facilities, and support in a range of technologies including audio, video, virtual reality, 3D printing, large format 2D printing, animation, digital imaging, and creative coding.
This position is an opportunity to:
- Develop your skills as a trainer, workshop facilitator, and creative professional.
- CTAs will be given the opportunity to not just work in the MMLs, but add to our community-driven space through their own unique lens. More information can be found about the Multimedia Labs by visiting www.brown.edu/go/mml.
The Sheridan Center also has student positions in the following areas that are not currently hiring, see the individual listings below for the hiring timeline for these openings:
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 currently accepting applications for Writing Associate positions. Please apply on WorkDay by October 1, 2022.
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. The 2023-2024 Writing Fellow application cycle will be open in Spring 2023. 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.