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Head Learning Assistant

Colby College
Maine, United States
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Jul 1, 2021

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Job Summary:The head learning assistant in the Colby Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a 9-month (August 1, 2021 through May 1, 2022) appointment that provides essential support to the Teaching and Learning @ Colby (TAL@C) Fellowship Program. The head learning assistant position is conceived to be a fifth-year professional opportunity that provides recent college graduates with valuable experience with program management and facilitation experience. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

The Colby Center for Teaching and Learning provides programs that assist faculty in developing relationships that enhance teaching; expanding pedagogical awareness and appreciation; incorporating feedback to inform teaching; designing courses that stimulate learning; integrating knowledge about how learning works to enhance teaching; and deepening diversity and inclusivity at Colby through teaching. The programs offered by the CTL represent a range of genres – workshops, roundtables, institutes, communities of practice, and consultations; each are designed to engage faculty at all career stages and at different levels – individually, small groups, cohorts.

The Colby Center for Teaching and Learning implemented a new program during the 2019-20 academic year called the Teaching and Learning @ Colby Fellowship. The TAL@C Fellowship program immerses faculty and student teams in a series of guided conversations and workshops to encourage the successful implementation of active and inclusive learning strategies in a range of class formats and academic disciplines. One of the key features of the TAL@C Fellowship is the development of a pedagogical partnership, a triad, with the faculty member, a student learning assistant, and the CTL. The head learning assistant will work with CTL leadership to refine the student learning assistant (LA) experience by enhancing the LA training program and help with program logistics (recruiting LAs and scheduling meetings with pedagogical partnership teams).


Following the lead of the director of the Colby Center for Teaching and Learning, the head learning assistant will:

  • Oversee scheduling of learning assistant training and pedagogical partner meetings
  • Create training materials for the learning assistant program
  • Co-teach learning assistant training courses
  • Assist students with research when they return to complete immersive assignments
  • Document learning assistant activities and keep accurate statistics for departmental reports and advocacy
  • Develop outreach materials to promote and expand the Learning Assistants Program, including social media and websites
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Colby graduate preferred, due to familiarity with Colby’s history and campus culture
  • Prior experience in a learning or teaching assistant role
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Genuine interest in supporting student learning
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work independently, exercise judgment, and manage projects with minimal supervision while also adjusting to new projects as assigned
  • Must be highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences
  • Talent to work as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community within a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to promote effective pedagogical practices and train student learning assistants


Co-supervised by the director and senior associate director of the Colby Center for Teaching and Learning, this position has significant interactions with faculty, staff, and students.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Head Learning Assistant for the Center for Teaching and Learning - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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