FAQ Regarding Learning Community Coordinators

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017 Learning Community Coordinators (LCC). The application (with references) are due by noon, April 28, 2017.  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 2017 there will be two learning communities for first-year students:

Resisting Exclusion and Social Inequality

Resistance.  It’s a word that calls to mind many images of protest and conflict throughout history in the U.S. and around the globe. This learning community brings together seminars that will examine various forms of resistance to injustice and oppression internationally and domestically, combining historical case studies and contemporary issues. Interaction with students across these three seminars and the perspectives from the three faculty members will allow you to explore these social justice issues in depth.

This Learning Community brings together the following three seminars:

Seminar #3. Civil Disobedience in History
Professor: Jeremy Ball, History
Time: MWF 11:30

Seminar #13. Belonging and Exclusion, Here and Now
Professor: James Ellison, Anthropology
Time: MWF 11:30

Seminar #44. Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All? Marginalizing Politics and Acts of Resistance
Professor Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy, Africana Studies
Time: MF 11:30

Humans and the Natural World

Humans have a fascination with “nature,” and we often seek opportunities in our leisure time to experience natural landscapes and environment.  But what does it mean to talk about “nature” or “wild” environments untouched by humans in the context of the enormous impact that humans have actually had on nearly every land and marine environment. These seminars will bring multiple perspectives to the complex issues surrounding human interaction with other life forms and the environments around us. Shared activities, including field trips, will promote interaction among the students in these two seminars, and allow students to learn from the expertise of both professors.

This Learning Community brings together the following two seminars:

Seminar #35. Biophilia: Human Connections to Other Life Forms
Professor Tony Pires, Biology
Time: MF 11:30

Seminar #43. Into the Wild: Exploring the American Wilderness
Professor Alyson Thibodeau, Earth Sciences
Time: MF 11:30

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.