Become an SI Leader
SI Leader Job Description:
Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are led by an SI Leader who is an exceptional student and has already mastered the course material. The SI Leader has been trained to facilitate group sessions wherein students can meet to improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss important concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams. The SI Leader provides two or three 50-75 minute sessions a week during which course readings, content, and material are brought together with effective learning strategies in a collaborative learning environment. Through the process of leading SI sessions, SI Leaders gain content knowledge as well as communication and leadership skills.
SI Leader Minimum Qualifications:
- SI Leaders must be a current CSUF undergraduate student, in at least their second year at CSUF
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Earned a high B or A in the course that you wish to provide SI for
- Possess good interpersonal skills
- Must be able to attend the mandatory pre-semester SI leader orientation and training days
- Be able to work a total of 10 hours a week*
- Submit all required materials of the SI leader application packet (see below)
*Please note that CSUF students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours a week total between campus jobs.
How do I apply to be an SI Leader?
Please submit the following:
- Required SI Leader Application (required)
- TDA or unofficial transcript (required)
- Letter of recommendation from a CSUF faculty member (NOT a Graduate Assistant or Teaching Associate) in the department you wish to provide SI for (required). Letters must be sent directly from the faculty member to either the SI Assistant Director or appropriate SI Faculty Liaison (see list below). In lieu of an official letter, faculty may complete and submit the SI Letter of Reference Form.
SI Leader Application Packets should be sent to the following:
- Accounting: Dr. I-Ling (Sophia) Wang email@example.com
- Biology: Dr. Merri Lynn Casem firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chemistry: Dr. Allyson Fry-Petit email@example.com
- Computer Science: Dr. Paul Inventado firstname.lastname@example.org
- Irvine Center: Futoshi Nakagawa email@example.com
- ISDS: Sinjini Mitra firstname.lastname@example.org
- Math: Amanda (Henning) Martinez email@example.com
- Math: Ashley Thune-Aguayo firstname.lastname@example.org
- Physics: Dr. Patricia Cheng email@example.com
- *All other SI applications need to be submitted to:
What are the duties and responsibilities of an SI Leader?
SI leaders are hired for a maximum of 10 hours a week, for the duration of the semester (16 weeks).* The 10 hours are comprised of the following:
- 2 ½-3 hours sitting in on course lectures
- 2 ½-3 hours facilitating SI sessions
- 1 hour weekly meeting with faculty liaison or SI Assistant Director
- 3-4 hours dedicated to session planning, peer observations, and meetings with professor
*SI Leaders are also paid for hours attended/worked at mandatory pre-semester training.
Primary responsibilities of SI leaders include:
- Attending the mandatory pre-semester orientation and training every semester they are employed.
- Attending ALL regularly scheduled class lectures/meetings for the class to which they are assigned.
- Modeling successful student behavior. SI leaders must be on-time to class, attentive, and non-disruptive. The students will look to you to set the standard for the class; they will mirror your behavior.
- Facilitating 2-3 SI sessions each week for the course of the semester.
- Being present, punctual, and prepared for all SI sessions. This includes creating activities, worksheets, and games to stimulate active collaborative learning.
- Maintaining a professional attitude at all times
- Attending all mandatory weekly meetings/trainings with faculty liaison and/or SI Assistant Director.
- Meeting with associated professor once a week.
- Actively promoting SI sessions by making in-class announcements, writing SI session times/location on whiteboard, emailing students, etc.
- Keeping track of hours and submitting timesheets on time.
- Administering surveys to class as necessary and submitting paperwork to SI Assistant Director and/or faculty liaison in timely fashion.
- Submitting end of semester SI attendance before finals week.
- Additional administrative duties.
SI Leaders DO NOT:
- Grade assignments, homework, exams, etc.
- Lecture or fill in as a substitute teacher for the instructor
What are the benefits of being an SI Leader?
- Paid, professional opportunity to help other students succeed in class.
- Build strong relationships with other SI leaders and students enrolled in course.
- Develop rapport with faculty and administrators.
- Further develop and deepen knowledge of course content.
- Develop understanding of learning styles and strategies.
- Develop leadership, public speaking, organizational, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Being part of a great team!