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Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Job Openings Spring '16

Spring '16 Job Openings

CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development

  • Psych or child psych major preferred
  • PAL Session time TBD
  • Total of 5.25 hours per week
  • Attend one lecture each week (meets T,TH 2:30-3:45)
  • Duties of PAL Facilitators:

    This position is for students who enjoy helping others learn and are looking for a rewarding academic work experience.
    1. Attend/view one lecture each week and work through assignments.
    2. Facilitate one weekly study session (50 minutes) for 25-30 students. Facilitators select concepts/problems for students to work on in small groups.
    3. Attend a one hour weekly meeting with other PAL facilitators and the PAL team leader to coordinate PAL session activities and for on-going training.
    4. Meet with the PAL supervisor individually to discuss session planning and observations.
    5. Represent the PAL program in a professional and positive manner.
    6. Prepare session plans, worksheets or handouts, for PAL sessions; take attendance; submit materials in timely manner.


    • Completion of the course with an A- or better, or demonstrate equivalent competency
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • A strong desire to help others learn
    • Previous experience coaching or tutoring is a plus
    • Currently enrolled undergraduates at the University of Minnesota and eligible for student employment
    • Maintain a 3.2 college grade point average


    • Weekly commitment 5 hours per week
    • Weekly preparation (2 hours), lecture attendance (length of one lecture per week), team meeting (1 hour), and facilitating PAL session (1 hour).


    Initial pay is $10.75/hr. Salary increases with training and experience and completion of OUE 3050 course


    • Develop leadership, organization, and planning skills and other resume-building experiences while helping peers
    • Improve ability and confidence speaking to groups
    • Be part of a motivated, high performing team
    • Network with other PAL facilitators
    • Credit opportunity: This experience can qualify as a one credit directed study and/or a pre-teaching experience for the College of Education

    • Apply on-line: PAL application

      Send an email if interested and any questions to