Does the SLA program meet the graduation requirement for service learning?
No. The SLA program is a paid student employment and leadership program, not an academic program. Unlike the Public Service Fellows program, there is no academic component.
Can I be an SLA for more than one semester?
The SLA program is a minimum commitment of four semesters, however almost all SLAs end up staying with the program until graduation. We encourage students to come into the program expecting to stay for the duration of their undergraduate time at Tulane. The SLA program is intended to be a sustained leadership and employment program and we consider retention a key indicator of program success. Coordinating and supporting service-learning courses is a substantial commitment - the SLA program seeks to ensure that all participating students are able to balance their work study job with their academic responsibilities and extracurricular activities.
Are SLA office hours flexible?
Yes. SLAs submit their own office hours (typically 2-6 per week) based on their availability and class schedule. Students can also log hours at home or off-site while working on orientations, in-class presentations, meetings and other job related functions. We ask SLAs to work about half of their hours in the office to be available for consultations with their service learning students, to share and utilize resources and support in the office, and to build relationships with fellow SLAs and CPS staff.
Do I have to be eligible for Federal-Work-study to be an SLA?
No. The SLA program is available to both work-study and non-work-study students.
Can I participate in the SLA program and another CPS Student Leadership program at the same time?
Yes. There are several SLAs who have joined the Community Engagement Advocates program or the Student Advisory Board. In special circumstances, SLAs could apply to participate in the Public Service Fellows program. In every scenario, we look to ensure that students are not overcommitting and that they are able to successfully prioritize their academics while also performing well in each program commitment.
How much do SLAs get paid? How much can they work?
SLAs earn $8.50 per hour while in their first semester of training, and then earn $9.00 an hour once they are active. SLA Leaders earn $10.00 per hour. SLAs may work up to 15 hours per week, and as few as 8 hours per week.
I am interested in joining the program or learning more; what should I do?
Please add your information to this Interest Form and we will follow up with you about openings and recruitment opportunities:
I am interested in nominating myself or someone I know for the SLA program, what should I do?
Please complete this Nomination Form.
How often does the program recruit new SLAs?
The SLA program recruits a new cohort every Spring on an annual basis. Applications typically open up in February with interviews taking place in March. We hire a cohort of approximately 10 new SLAs by the end of each Spring semester, and they begin their position in the following Fall semester.
How are students placed with faculty members?
The Center actively recruits talented SLAs from our programs and works with faculty members to identify the needs of their course. An SLA is the same as a Course Coordinator except that they coordinate two courses per semester. This allows for more time to build the relationship between the SLA and the faculty member, as well as provide much needed attention to larger courses or courses that have heavy involvement with a community partner.
Can I have more than one SLA per course? I teach multiple service-learning courses – can I have an SLA for each?
Faculty members can have an SLA for one course. If the faculty member teaches more than one section of the same course, SLAs can support multiple sections of a given service learning course.
I have some suggestions or feedback for how my SLA can better support my course, who should I talk to?
If you feel comfortable, we encourage faculty to give feedback directly to SLAs, and part of our training focuses on giving and receiving feedback.
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