FAQ Regarding Learning Community Coordinators

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2015 Learning Community Coordinators (LCC). The application (with references) are due by noon, Friday, March 28. 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 2015 there will be two learning communities for first-year students:

Modernity and Its Critics

We are dealing with increasing unrest fueled by issues of race, class, technology, and religion, among others. But none of these issues are new. Karl Marx’s critical analyses of capitalism and exploitation, Sigmund Freud’s investigations into the unconscious and our discontent in civilized society, Charles Darwin’s explanations of evolution and species development, Mary Shelley’s attempts to come to terms with technology, and W. E. B. Du Bois’ account of the importance of race in modern life addressed these issues in the 19th century.   All have contributed to changes in the ways in which people lived and thought in the 20th century and continue to do so today.  This learning community brings together two seminars with two professors bringing historical and sociological perspectives to these ongoing issues.  In-class discussion and out-of-class activities will bring these issues into focus. 

This learning community brings together the following two seminars:

  • Modernity and Its Critics
    Professor:Karl Qualls, History
  • Modernity and Its Critics
    Professor: Dan Schubert, Sociology

Music and Social Conflict
From the periods of South African apartheid, Soviet oppression, the Holocaust, and the atrocities of World War I, music emerges as a strategy of survival and a tool of resistance.  These, and other dimensions of music in the context of social conflict will be the subject of seminar discussions and out-of-classroom experiences, such as working with 2015 artists-in-residence, the Adaskin String Trio and traveling to the US Holocaust Museum in Washington.

This learning community brings together the following two seminars:

  • Singing Amidst Social Unrest: Music and Self-Expression
    Professor:  Amy Wlodarski, Music
  • When the Bravest Thing is to Make Music
    Professor: Blanka Bednarz, Music

2.    What does an LCC do?

An LCC is an upper-level student who works with faculty and the Associate Provost for First-Year Programs 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 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. 1080, or stop in at his office on the 2nd floor of Old West, Room 16.