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Exploring Transfer

Vassar College

Apply for a 2024 Teaching Assistant position

Apply for a 2024 Residential Fellow position

***Applications are due by April 3rd.

Teaching Assistants and Residential Fellows play essential roles in the Exploring Transfer Program. Together, they facilitate the students' successful passage through the program.

Teaching Assistants

Each Teaching Assistant will be assigned to one Exploring Transfer class but will be required to attend both classes each day. Teaching Assistants will complete the readings and keep up with the assignments, hold evening office hours each weekday and Sunday afternoons, and facilitate communication between the instructors and students for their assigned class. Teaching Assistants are also required to attend weekly faculty and staff meetings and are encouraged to participate in social events. Teaching Assistants live in the dormitory with the Residential Fellows and will work closely with them to support students throughout the summer program.

Qualifications

Teaching Assistants (TA's) are graduates of the Exploring Transfer program or students/graduates of Vassar College. Teaching Assistants must possess the following:

  •  Evidence of academic excellence;
  •  Marked proficiency in writing analytical essays;
  •  Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff;
  •  Strong communication and organizational skills;
  •  Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the Exploring Transfer Program

Residential Fellows

Residential fellows are an essential component of Exploring Transfer. Fellows live in the dormitory with the students and provide daily residential life support. They enrich the quality of the students’ lives by brainstorming, planning and attending social activities, including weekend trips to off-campus destinations in the Hudson Valley. The Residential Fellows check in with students daily and hold weekly group meetings, including meetings with the Teaching Assistants. As those in closest contact with the students, Residential Fellows are the eyes and ears of the program and act as liaisons between the students and director. Fellows are required to attend weekly individual meetings with the director, weekly faculty and staff meetings and community dinners. Working as a Residential Fellow is a demanding but rewarding experience. As they respond to the various needs specific to participants, the Residential Fellows will be required to demonstrate strong leadership and organizational skills. In their advisory capacity, Residential Fellows will often face student-generated problems for which a prompt and creative solution is required, adhering to Vassar College policies and procedures. Typically these problems are performance-related and stem from difficulties the students face as they navigate the various intellectual, cultural and emotional challenges of the program. The Residential Fellows must, therefore, possess intellectual as well as emotional maturity.

Qualifications

Residential Fellows (RFs) are graduates of the Exploring Transfer program or students/graduates of Vassar College. Preferably, applicants will have prior experience working with or participating in the Exploring Transfer Program. Residential Fellows must possess the following:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and leadership ability;
  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the Exploring Transfer Program;
  • Valid driver's license;
  • Willingness to drive a 12 passenger van

Residential Fellows and Teaching Assistants are required to be in residence full time (weekends included) June 14 - July 27.