Graduate Assistant - Graduate College

Graduate Assistant Position – Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Program – Fall 2016
The Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Program, formerly called Supplemental Instruction (SI), was designed by researchers
in the Center for Academic Development at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a peer
tutoring program used thousands of colleges and universities throughout the world. Students who have performed well in
courses that are traditionally difficult are nominated by faculty members who teach the courses to be leaders of study groups.
Leaders are paired with an instructor and paid to attend all class sessions, two or three study sessions immediately following
the class each week, and for preparation time.
The role of the PASS leader involves modeling behavior that translates to success in the classroom. By attending the class, the
PASS leader is able to understand faculty expectations. The PASS leader works with students voluntarily attending study
sessions, generates relevant discussions, and creates worksheets and test questions that enable students to feel empowered
when encountering difficult material. PASS leaders participate in extensive training the week before classes begin each
The role of the graduate assistant (GA) would be to serve as an assistant director of this program. The GA duties would
include, but are not limited to, the following:
Assist the Director of Student Learning Services with the supervision and training of PASS Leaders.
Evaluate PASS Leaders.
Write reports and collect relevant data regarding the effectiveness of the program.
Make faculty contacts.
Schedule future courses.
Assist with the interviewing and selection of new PASS Leaders.
Attend initial training conference the week prior to class start.
Preferred Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree in education, communication, human resources, or a closely related field.
The ability to tutor diverse populations.
Personal qualities that facilitate working relationships within the University.
PREFERENCE will be given to students entering the Student Affairs master’s degree program, though all candidates
will be considered.
Length of Appointment:
The graduate assistant for the PASS Program is employed for two years and works during the fall and spring semesters.
Application Procedure and Interview:
Applications are accepted until March 1st. Interviews will be conducted during the month of March. For an application, visit
this link:
Direct questions to:
Michael Frizell, MFA, Director of Student Learning Services
Meyer Library 112, Missouri State University, 901 South National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897
Phone: 417-836-5006 - E-Mail: [email protected]