Student Course Support Positions and Hiring Process
A range of student positions are available to support instructors and courses. Hiring for any of these positions is a two-step process. The first step is authorization and posting of positions through the DoF (completed by faculty), the second step involves HR clearance and onboarding of the student employee (completed by the student). Students can only work after successfully completing both steps of this process.
All positions are paid at the established institutional rate. Faculty are responsible for setting student work schedules and course specific training and duties.
Positions available are:
Technical Assistants work up to 5 hours/week and must be currently enrolled Pitzer students living in the United States. Technical Assistants are supervised by and will primarily work with a single faculty member, although there is the possibility they will work with multiple faculty members or interact with students in a class on some activities. Technical Assistants are not tutors and are not permitted to grade or evaluate student work. Students can hold multiple Technical Assistant positions, in-person support in some cases.
The Course Assistant will work up to 5 hours/week and must be a currently enrolled student at Claremont Colleges living in the United States. The Course Assistant is supervised by and will primarily work with their supervisor and interact with students in and outside class on some activities for a course offered by Pitzer. The Course Assistant may serve as a group discussion (recitation) leader with guidance from the instructor, coordinate activities for the course with guidance from the instructor, and communicate with students on behalf of the faculty supervisor. There are also opportunities to support the course logistics pertaining to field trips, guest speaker visits, and course-related events hosted by the supervising professor.
The Tutor will work up to 5 hours/week and must be a currently enrolled student at the Claremont Colleges living in the United States. The tutor is supervised by and will primarily work with their supervisor and interact with students over email as needed for informational awareness of sessions and through tutoring sessions offered in-person on-campus at Pitzer or over Zoom. The tutor position offers student opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills. Tutors are expected to reflect a strong sense of commitment to the Pitzer Tutoring Program mission of providing academic support to Pitzer students requesting assistance. The success of the program is dependent upon the dedication, professionalism, confidence, and skills of tutors.
A Class Grader will work up to 5 hours/week and must be a currently enrolled student at Claremont Colleges living in the United States. The grader is supervised by and will primarily work with their faculty supervisor and may interact with students in and outside class on some activities for a course offered by Pitzer. The grader will only grade or evaluate student work that is relatively unambiguous (true/false, multiple choice, vocabulary, short responses to questions with specific answers) and with answer keys provided by the faculty member in charge.
Two Steps to Hiring a Course Support Student Employee
1a. Faculty requests authorization DoF for the position(s)
The Dean of Faculty’s Office will review the faculty request and current budget and notify faculty once the request is approved. If questions arise, the office will email faculty directly.
Faculty request for position(s).
*Note: Curriculum Committee approval is required for course assistants and graders.
1b. Recruit for the position(s)
Once approved, the Dean of Faculty’s Office will post the position to Handshake.
2. Student completes the hiring process
Have your selected student(s) complete an authorization to hire student form.
Once the student(s) have been selected, the student must work with HR to complete the hire process. This includes completing employment forms, providing I-9 documents, and onboarding and training. Students can begin working only after receiving clearance from Human Resources. The student and supervisor will receive notification from Human Resources when the hire process is complete.
Student Research Assistants and Hiring Processes
For more information on student research assistants and department positions, please visit our Budget and Finance web page.