Gateway Program Seminar

Junior Teaching Assistant (JTA) - Peer Mentor Program

The GPS JTA Program is now a Certified International Peer Mentor Program through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)!

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017 - DUE 1 February 2017!

The JTA Program is a Peer Mentoring Program that allows current UCCS students the opportunity to mentor incoming first-year students through the Gateway Program Seminar. Students must apply to be a JTA and will enroll in a seminar/lab course, GPS 4090. Students will enroll in GPS 4090 separately, but will NOT enroll in the Gateway Program Seminar in which they are a JTA. GPS 4090 will examine the complementary processes of teaching and learning from both the theoretical and pragmatic perspectives. Students will learn to engage, listen, and assist first-year students in a mature and professional manner relating to their adjustment to UCCS and academic success. Students will also work with faculty sponsors to contribute to the instruction of their designated Gateway Program Seminar class.

Other Notes about the Program:

Any new JTA will need to attend two full days of training (August 8-9), Start Up Days (August 17-18), the JTA and Faculty luncheon (August 12) and then you will need to attend each class period of the GPS course where you are a JTA. As this is a peer mentor program and part of an academic course, you receive a $600 stipend for completing the program. 

Returning JTAs DO NOT take GPS 4090 again and will not receive a $600 stipend. However, they will receive a UCCS bookstore gift card for $250.

Graduate students who are also interested in the program DO NOT take GPS 4090, but MUST attend mandatory training and do not receive a stipend. They will receive a UCCS bookstore gift card for $250.

GPS 4090 is a current course option for the UCCSlead academic course requirement. It has also been approved as a Writing Intensive course for the Compass Curriculum.

If you wish to apply for the 2017 JTA Program, please click HERE for an application.

Applications should be returned to by 1 February 2017:

Carrie Arnold, Ph.D.
ACAD (Academic Office Building) 504
719.255.4099 /