Learning Community Assistants provide the intentional focus for a Living Learning Community via community development, programming and academic support. LCAs are the intentionality that helps differentiate the learning community experience from that of other floors. LCAs work with RAs, HDs, GAs and university stakeholders to foster community success. The position requires an individual who is flexible enough to assume a variety of roles as dictated by the changing needs of students. It is crucial that an individual be able to relate well to others and handle administrative responsibilities. The LCA is more than just a friendly presence; they are the crucial link in creating an intentional experience for Living Learning Community residents.
Residence Life seeks candidates who enjoy working in a community setting and fostering a living-learning community. Applicants must:
- Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours at Western Michigan University.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA to apply for and retain the position.
- Academic learning communities – 3.0 or higher
- Global and Languages community – 2.6 or higher
- Spectrum House – 2.6 or higher
- Have lived in the residence halls (at any college or university) for at least two semesters, including the semester in which you apply.
- Have obtained 16 credits at a college or university by the end of the semester prior to beginning employment (e.g. by the end of spring semester for a fall position). Credits obtained do not include AP or credits obtained while in high school.
- Be a member of the community they represent.
- Academic learning communities – primary major must be in the academic college
- Global and Languages community – must have a passion for global issues, learning about others and travel
Any additional employment may not exceed 15 hours off-campus or 10 hours on-campus and must be approved by Residence Life. Outside employment must not interfere with the LCA responsibilities.
Applications will not be accepted or interviews scheduled for anyone not meeting the above criteria.
LCAs are responsible for the following key areas:
- Community Identity—LCAs strive to develop their learning community’s identity by providing intentional experiences that bring the community concept forward and differentiates the community from other non-learning community floors.
- Community Development—LCAs create programs and activities designed to meet the needs of their learning community residents. In addition to helping students form a social network, LCAs have meaningful interactions with community residents and encourage community involvement.
- Resource and Education—As a peer helper, LCAs connect residents to other campus opportunities to promote a positive WMU experience. LCAs also serve as a referral agent to other campus resources such as the counseling center, Academic Resource Center, etc.
- Academic Support—LCAs strive to support academic success through conversations, programming and role modeling. LCAs in academic learning communities also facilitate study groups and, depending on the background of the LCA, some one-on-one tutoring.
- Administrative Tasks—LCAs are required to complete weekly reports and other department paperwork.
For a more detailed position description, please contact Residence Life.
- Housing in a single room. Must purchase a meal plan if living in a meal plan required hall.
The nature of the LCA position is such that its responsibilities are determined not so much by a time clock or a calendar, but by the needs of residents and the community. Some periods, such as training and opening, will require more time than average, but other responsibilities will arise that cannot always be anticipated and scheduled. Key time commitments include:
- LCA Training—In the fall, staff arrive 12 days before new student move-in. Training schedule goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes evening responsibilities for prepping the hall. A shorter version of training also happens in January.
- Regular Meetings—Meetings include weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with hall supervisors, a monthly LCA staff meeting and a learning community meeting twice a semester. Learning community meetings may include University stakeholders from different colleges or offices.