Financial Aid

Graduate Assistant – Learning Center

Part-Time – Year Round – 20 Hours Per Week

The student must be enrolled full-time during the Fall and Spring Semesters
(9 credits in the Fall, 9 credits in the Spring, up to 9 credits in the Summer).

Summary of Duties:

The Learning Center Graduate Assistant (GA) is a graduate student position with some supervisory responsibilities. The GA is responsible for the development and implementation of a variety of learning support programs in the Learning Center. The responsibilities listed below are shared among the three Graduate Assistants in the Learning Center.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work a total of 20 hours per week, including one or more evening shifts covering 4-8 pm Monday through Thursday evenings during the Fall and Spring semester and one weekend per month (Saturday 12-4 pm and Sunday 4-8 pm), with more flexible scheduling available during winter and summer breaks.
  • Help organize and maintain learning center by organizing the tutor’s schedules at the beginning of each semester, keeping the online scheduling system up to date, and sorting and sending tutoring forms to professors periodically.
  • Develop and present group and individual workshops including but not limited to the following:
  • Tutor students across the curriculum in:
    • Writing skills
    • General studies
    • Other subjects as determined by individual GA skill
  • Mentor students on academic probation by:
    • Going through syllabi with students to develop a semester plan
    • Filling out monthly schedules of papers, tests, projects
    • Completing weekly schedules to organize time
    • Meeting periodically with students to oversee their progress
    • Helping students with papers and projects as necessary
    • Sending periodic reports of students; progress to the Dean of Academic Advancement
  • Provide one on one or group skill development sessions for all student populations to improve students; skills in the areas
    • Organization
    • Time Management of academic and personal responsibilities
    • Effective study strategies
  • Create supplemental learning materials, including but not limited to:
    • Mini Guides on topics needed for student success
    • Handouts for use by tutors when assisting students
    • Web pages and files
  • Work with faculty members to find tutors for courses in subjects beyond math and writing during the Winterim and Summer sessions.
  • Assist in the development of subject specific study groups and review sessions.
  • Assist the Director of the Learning Center and the Director of Freshman Foundations with the Freshman Foundations summer program in August.
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to student tutors and tutees by demonstrating appropriate business etiquette, stellar customer service, and genuine concern for the success of the LC’s student customers.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professional reliability.
  • Demonstrate good judgment and appropriate utilization of resources, include work study time.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Maintain exemplary academic status in the graduate program in which he/she is enrolled.
  • Participation in campus wide activities such as enrollment, orientation, and commencement events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Success or the Director of the Learning Center.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor;s degree and current enrollment in an Alvernia graduate program.
  • Committment to the mission statement, core values and goals of Alvernia University.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A knowledge and ability to communicate basic math concepts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software
  • Willingness to work both as an individual and as part of a team.


Send application and resume to:

Lisa Venkler

Office of Student Financial Planning

Alvernia University

400 Saint Bernardine St.

Reading, PA 19607


Alvernia is a growing co-educational Catholic Franciscan institution dedicated to academic and professional leadership based in the liberal arts tradition. Its suburban 121-acre campus outside Reading is within a ninety-minute drive to New York, Princeton, and Philadelphia. Alvernia University is committed to equal opportunity. Applicants who would enrich the diversity of our campus are encouraged to apply.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Posting Date: June 29, 2012

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