FAQ Regarding Learning Community Coordinators

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2016 Learning Community Coordinators (LCC). The application (with references) are due by noon, Friday, March 11.  Send an email to Associate Provost Shalom Staub if you have any difficulty downloading a copy of the application and reference forms from this page.

1.    What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community at Dickinson College is comprised of students who live in a particular residence hall, are enrolled in one of a set of thematically linked First-Year Seminars and engage in out-of-class activities together. For Fall 2016 there will be two learning communities for first-year students:

Understanding the Human Genome: Implications for the Individual and Society

The sequencing of the first human genome was completed in 2003 at a cost of approximately $3 billion. A little more than a decade later, technology has advanced such that a human genome can be sequenced for approximately $1000, and scientists are increasingly utilizing information from genome sequences to study evolution, improve diagnosis and treatment of disease, and understand thousands of human traits. This learning community is focused on exploring the implications of this knowledge through hands-on experiments, guest speakers, and movie/dinner discussions with faculty and other students. Ultimately, students will develop a basic understanding of the human genome and explore the impact that genetic information has on both the individual and society.

This Learning Community brings together the following two seminars:

The Code of Life: Promises and Progress of the Human Genome Project
Professor: Dana J. Wohlbach, Biology
In Search of the Sports Gene: Hurting or Enhancing the Olympic Dream?
Professor:  Tiffany Frey, Biology

War and memory in East Asia

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries were a tumultuous period in East Asian history, marked by a series of wars that affected the lives of millions and irrevocably changed the landscape of foreign relations in the region. This course explores how collective memories are formed and the sometimes tenuous connections these memories have with past events. In addition to key conflicts, such as World War II, the Korean War, and the American War in Vietnam, we will also explore related controversies that remain heated topics of debate in domestic and international politics today. This investigation into collective memory will involve in-depth engagement with texts, images, and films. By the end of the semester, students will gain experience expressing their ideas in a range of argumentative styles using the analytic tools, including film analysis, that, we practice in class. Students will evaluate responses to historical controversies in the realms of academia, politics, and popular culture, and consider how these debates shape the ways in which we understand past conflicts.

This Learning Community brings together the following two seminars:

War and Memory in East Asia
Professor: Alex Bates, East Asian Studies
War and Memory in East Asia
Professor: W. Evan Young, History

2.    What does an LCC do?

An LCC is an upper-level student who works with faculty and Associate Provost Shalom Staub to help create and sustain a successful learning community. In the Fall semester, LCCs work closely to support faculty efforts to guide and shape the learning communities through their work within and across particular First-Year seminars. LCCs play an administrative and logistical support role, and they will likely be called upon to assist in facilitating student programs. They also have the ability to support residence-hall-based programs to explore the themes of the learning community. 

3.    Are there qualifications for being an LCC?

Candidates must be at least sophomore standing or higher at the start of employment. They must successfully complete the LCC selection process (described below). Candidates must possess and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Violations of college policy will affect candidacy.

4.    What does the selection process entail?

The selection process entails an application form to be filled out by the candidate, as well as two references. Final candidates will be invited for an interview.

5.    What is the compensation for being an LCC?

LCCs will be paid on an hourly basis for the Fall semester upon satisfactory completion of their responsibilities.

6.    Are there other benefits from being an LCC?

LCCs have the opportunity to develop close working relationships with faculty and administrators, and are in a position to shape the living/learning experiences of a significant number of First-Year students. This is a position of responsibility, from which you, as an LCC, will learn a lot about yourself, about your peers, about interesting ideas and successful program development.

7.    If I am selected as an LCC, where will I live? How will this affect my housing assignment?

This depends on a couple of factors.  Generally, sophomore LCCs live in the same building as the learning community students depending on space availability, while junior or senior LCCs live elsewhere and develop a plan to maintain a presence in the learning community space.  This topic will be addressed during candidate interviews.

8.    Who does an LCC report to?

LCCs are coordinated by Associate Provost Shalom Staub and meet with him on a regular basis throughout the year. In the Fall semester, LCCs are expected to stay in close communication with their learning community's faculty in order to provide a support role at their direction.

9.    Are there additional obligations?

In the fall, LCCs will be asked to return to campus in the week prior to the start of classes in order to meet with fellow LCCs, RAs, faculty and administrative staff.

10.    What if I have a question that was not answered on this page?

Please do not hesitate to contact AP Shalom Staub if you have any other questions about learning communities or the process of becoming an LCC. You may e-mail him at staubs@dickinson.edu, call him at ext. 8917, or stop in at his office on the 2nd floor of Old West, Room 16.