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Exploring Transfer

Vassar College

Applications for summer 2023 will be accepted in March. Both applications will be available on this site at that time.

Teaching Assistants and Residential Fellows play essential roles in the Exploring Transfer Program.

Each Teaching Assistant will be assigned to one Exploring Transfer class. Teaching Assistants are required to attend class each day, 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. Teaching Assistants are also required to attend a weekly faculty and staff meeting and are encouraged to participate in social events.

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. As those in closest contact with the students, they 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, and a weekly faculty and staff meeting and community dinner. Working as an Exploring Transfer Residential Fellow is a demanding, but rewarding experience. As they respond to the various needs specific to community college students, the Residential Fellow 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. 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.

Together, the Teaching Assistants and Residential Fellows facilitate the students’ successful passage through the program.