First Year Fellow Selection 2020-2021

expose residents to campus resources, events, and opportunities. Apply to be a First Year Fellow expose residents to campus resources, events, and opportunities. Apply to be a First Year Fellow
encourage students' personal and professional growth encourage students' personal and professional growth
engage students with faculty to help them explore interests engage students with faculty to help them explore interests
empower students to take ownership of their education empower students to take ownership of their education

Expose. Encourage. Engage. Empower.

First Year Fellows (FYFs) support the purpose of the Office of Academic Enhancement through their efforts to expose students to campus resources and opportunities, encourage students by serving as an advocate and mentor for their professional and personal growth, engage students by connecting them with faculty and campus partners, and to empower students by motivating them to take ownership of their education and learn to advocate for themselves along their journey.


Interest Form

Interested in the FYF position, but not quite ready to apply?  Complete this interest form so that we can keep you informed about the process! 

FYF Interest Form

Candidates interested in the RA/CA position in addition to the FYF position should consider applying to both opportunities.  As part of our collaboration with Housing and Residential Life, the hiring decision notification date and the deadline to accept the position is the same for both processes.


Mandatory Information Sessions

All applicants must either check in at an informal information session or attend a formal information session to be considered.

Informal Information Sessions:

Conversational overview of the FYF position requirements and what it is like to be an FYF from current FYFs.

  • Wednesday, 11/6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the UC Breezeway
  • Monday, 11/18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UC Breezeway
  • Friday, 1/17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the UC Breezeway
Formal Information Sessions:

Formal presentation led by the Sr. Advisor or Graduate Assistant and 1-2 current FYFs that lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.  Time for students to ask questions will be available at the end. 

  • Thursday, 11/14 at 7:00 p.m. in Dr. Knecht's Apartment (Stanford Commons 112)
  • Tuesday, 1/21 at 5:30 p.m. in Dr. Beverly's Apartment (Hecht Commons 122)

Spring 2020 Process

  • Job Description & Terms of Employment (Spring 2020)

    On occasion, a mid-year FYF position opens for one reason or another. We may have an opening, but will not know for sure until after Thanksgiving Break.  We encourage students interested in becoming an FYF for the spring to apply by the November 22 deadline.

     Spring 2020 Job Description & Terms of Employment

  • Timeline - Spring 2020 specific

    Dates
    Description
    Before receiving the application. Attend at least one of the information sessions.
    Friday, 11/22 by 11:59 PM Application deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for Spring 2020 openings.
    Monday, 11/25 Eligible candidates contacted to select an interview date/time.
    Monday, 12/2 - Tuesday, 12/3 Interviews
    Friday, 12/6 FYF Applicants notified about the position (if available) or if they will be kept in the hiring pool for 2020-2021 academic year.
    Tuesday, 1/7 Spring 2020 Hire moves into FYF room
    Wednesday, 1/8 - Friday, 1/10 Spring 2020 FYF Training
    Tuesday, 2/11 FYF Applicants not selected for Spring 2020 hire are notified about the postion for 2020-2021
    Friday, 2/21 Acceptance of the position due
    Sunday, 4/19 FYF Kickoff - Mandatory pre-training for 2020-2021 staff. This is tentatively scheduled for 3 PM to 9 PM.

  • Application

    Application Format:
    1. Applicant information

    2. Short answer essay questions (300 words or less each)

      1. Describe the ideal academically engaged student and community. The OAE Purpose is described by four keywords: expose, encourage, engage, and empower. Visit our website (click here) for details about the OAE Purpose.  As an FYF, what strategies would you employ to build an academically engaged community and aim to achieve the OAE Purpose?

      2. Developing trusting relationships are key to becoming a successful FYF.  FYFs serve between 50 and 75 residents on one or two different floors.  Describe how your skills and abilities will aid you in building these relationships, and list at least three specific strategies you would use to build these relationships with your residents.  What are some challenges you may have to overcome with proactively seeking and building relationships with residents, and how will you overcome them?

      3. Tell us about something that you are passionate about.  How does that passion translate when working with others?  How can you relate what you are passionate about to the FYF position?

    3. References & Resume 

      1. Include the names and contact information of 3 references. At least one should be your RA, FYF, or if you are a commuter, your academic advisor. The other two should be a colleague, professor, or employer.

      2. Upload your resume. You are encouraged to use Toppel Career Center's website and/or peer advising to review your resume.

    Check in or attend an information session to receive the online application link.  

  • Interview

    Eligible applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview shortly after the respective application deadline

    • Interviews occur according to the respective timeline listed

    • Interviews last approximately 30 minutes and will include the Sr. Advisor, a Residential Faculty, and a current FYF

2020-2021 Academic Year Process

  • Job Description & Terms of Employment (2020-2021)

    Review the job description and requirements for the position.

  • 2020-2021 Selection Timeline

    Dates
    Description
    Before receiving the application Attend at least one of the information sessions offered (schedule above).
    Wednesday, 1/22 by 11:59 PM Application deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for 2020-2021 academic year.
    Thursday, 1/23 Eligible candidates contacted to select an interview date/time.
    Monday, 1/27 - Friday, 1/31 Interviews
    Tuesday, 2/11 FYF Applicants notified about the position
    Friday, 2/21 Deadline to accept the position
    Sunday, 4/19 FYF Kickoff - Mandatory pre-training meeting for 2020-2021 staff. This is tentatively scheduled for 3 PM to 9 PM.

  • Application

    Check in or attend an information session to receive the online application link.  
    Application Format:
    1. Applicant information  

    2. Short answer essay questions (300 words or less each)

      1. Describe the ideal academically engaged student and community. The OAE Purpose is described by four keywords: expose, encourage, engage, and empower. Visit our website (click here) for details about the OAE Purpose.  As an FYF, what strategies would you employ to build an academically engaged community and aim to achieve the OAE Purpose?

      2. Developing trusting relationships are key to becoming a successful FYF.  FYFs serve between 50 and 75 residents on one or two different floors.  Describe how your skills and abilities will aid you in building these relationships, and list at least three specific strategies you would use to build these relationships with your residents.  What are some challenges you may have to overcome with proactively seeking and building relationships with residents, and how will you overcome them?

      3. Tell us about something that you are passionate about.  How does that passion translate when working with others?  How can you relate what you are passionate about to the FYF position?

    3. References & Resume 

      1. Include the names and contact information of 3 references. At least one should be your RA, FYF, or if you are a commuter, your academic advisor. The other two should be a colleague, professor, or employer.

      2. Upload your resume. You are encouraged to use Toppel Career Center's website and/or peer advising to review your resume.

  • Interview

    Eligible applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview shortly after the respective application deadline

    • Interviews occur according to the respective timeline listed

    • Interviews last approximately 30 minutes and will include the Sr. Advisor, a Residential Faculty, and a current FYF