Student Work Study Teaching Assistant-SOSBS Psychology (2018-2019 Aid Year-through 6.30.19)

Work Study
11630 Requisition #

Title:  Student Work Study Teaching Assistant - SOSBS Psychology (2018-2019 Aid Year-through 6.30.19)


Department:   School of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Psychology


Full Time/ Part Time: Part Time


Regular/ Temporary: Temporary


Location:   Offsite


Compensation: $15.00 per hour


Date:   Appointment through June 2019


Please do not apply until you have read and understood the following: If you have not heard back about this position by FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019, this role has been filled and we are not moving forward with your application at that time. We post Federal Work Study positions on the Capella Careers site every quarter and encourage you to check the website for future roles that may be of interest to you.


What is Federal Work Study? 
The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) provides part-time employment to learners with financial need. Financial need is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) provided by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The award amount depends on your financial need and is based on expected weekly employment targets.  Unlike federal grants, funds from the Federal Work Study are paid to the learner on a bi-weekly basis after employment requirements have been met and wages have been earned.  The inclusion of Federal Work Study in your financial aid award is not a guarantee of the amount you will earn as you will be paid only for the hours that you actually work. 
All federal aid sources must be included in your financial aid, including the Federal Work Study Program. With this additional federal aid source, it may reduce the amount of federal loans you would be eligible for. Keep in mind that federal loans must be paid back (with interest) whereas the Federal Work Study Program funds are provided to you bi-weekly and do not require repayment.


Position Summary
The Teaching Assistant (TA) is responsible for providing high-touch support to learners in the courseroom.  TAs will provide additional resources to learners related to course expectations, course material, and learning strategies, promoting exceptional learning and experience. The TA will report to the faculty chair and work under the guidance of a mentor faculty and faculty lead.  
This position requires 10-15 hours a week and is remote.  Most duties can be completed on nights and weekends, but some availability during regular business hours for training and weekly team meetings may also be required.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have completed the 2018-2019 FAFSA. 
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 3 quarters at Capella University with at least a 3.5 GPA.  
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be continuously enrolled as a learner during their appointment as work study teaching assistant. 
  • Agree to a commitment through June 2019. 
  • Received an A or B in the course they assist in. 
  • Current Capella doctoral learner in the Psychology program 
  • Preference to those in the Teaching and Instruction concentration



  • Clarifies and reinforces courseroom procedure and expectations
  • Provides instructional guidance and explanation
  • Provides formative feedback to learners
  • “Spot” coaching and tutoring of selected learners
  • Provides assistance in the use and application of academic resources
  • Assists in the evaluation and grading of selected discussions/assignments
  • Provides support and encouragement to selected learners.
  • Maintains learner confidentiality, FERPA
  • Collaboration under the direction of mentor/faculty
  • Professional behavior with faculty mentor
  • Visits course discussions and maintains familiarity with course material
  • Attends all scheduled meetings.
  • Models successful academic practices
  • Completes initial and ongoing training as needed
  • Provides clerical support 


Program-Specific Responsibilities

  • Course Opportunities
    • Assistant to the Synchronous Lab Instructor in PSY5005 Orientation to Graduate Learning in Psychology
    • Being a Teaching Assistant in First Course 
    • Being a Teaching Assistant in another Psychology Course or Synchronous Sessions 
  • Responsibilities may include:
    • Monitoring forums in the discussion board
    • Providing feedback on APA style
    • Posting a welcome message 
    • Providing faculty approved resources to learners
    • Coaching at-risk learners

Essential Skills

  • Interest or experience with teaching or tutoring 
  • Time management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities are critical 
  • Written communication skills 
  • Insight on necessary study skills and habits of successful students 
  • Facility explaining concepts in different ways 
  • Demonstrated expertise in chosen content area 
  • Experience working with a diversity of learning styles 
  • Comfortable using technology to facilitate learning 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills 
  • Assess individual and group learning needs 
  • Written communication 
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution

Hardware/Software Requirements
Minimum hardware, internet, and phone requirements (equal to learners’ computer compatibilities)


Additional Application Requirements

  • Write 250 words stating why you are interested in this position (please include this statement within your resume that is being submitted ) 
  • If called for an interview, be ready to send forward two letters of recommendation or endorsements from Capella faculty members, OR have 2 faculty or professional contacts ready to serve as references.  


Job Location 
Many of our positions, including this role, are designed to be remote "home office" settings. 


Employees working out of a home office are responsible for providing an appropriate and safe office space, office furniture and organization, communication tools, and related items. These include:

  • arranging for high speed internet connection, printer and a dedicated phone line for business use. Specifics regarding expense coverage and reimbursement vary based on individual position categories. Capella will not provide office equipment or on-site set up assistance.  
  • the environment must be free from distractions and enable a highly productive and professional work environment.   
  • as with on-site positions, our off-site positions require that the majority of the time will be spent using a telephone, PC and monitors.  
  • any and all daycare arrangements must be made so that employees are not working while providing care for children or other family members at home.  
  • there are minimal lifting requirements unless otherwise noted. 


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act applies to work performed by an employee in any workplace within the United States, including a workspace located in an employee’s home. All employees are responsible for complying with the OSHA act and with safety and health standards.


About Capella


Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 35,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.



Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440


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