Gateway Program Seminar

Junior Teaching Assistant (JTA) - Peer Mentor Program

The JTA Program is a Peer Mentoring Program that allows 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.

Program Requirements:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Attend mandatory two-day training prior to the start of the fall semester (August 9 & 10, 2016 9am-4pm)
  3. Attend mandatory Gateway Program Seminar Start Up Days (August 18-19, 9am-5pm)
  4. Attend Working Lunch with GPS Faculty Member (August 17, 11am-1pm)
  5. Attend all sessions of my assigned Gateway Program Seminar class.
  6. Complete all reading assignments for my assigned Gateway Program Seminar class.
  7. Complete all tasks assigned to me by my Gateway Program Seminar faculty member.
  8. Coach and mentor my section of first-year students.
  9. Conduct myself in a manner appropriate to being a mentor on campus at all times during the semester.
  10. Remain in good academic standing with my college.
  11. Remain in good disciplinary standing with the university.
  12. Attend all online and in-class sessions of GPS 4090: Peer Mentoring for Gateway Program Seminar
  13. Must pass ID 4090 with a "C" or higher to receive the $600 stipend (to be applied to your spring 2017 tuition bill).
  14. Must agree to behave appropriately as a peer mentor in and outside of class. 
  15. Complete all JTA and GPS 4090 tasks as assigned.

Other Notes about the Program:

Any new student to the JTA program will have to take GPS 4090, the hybrid JTA class, which includes the mandatory training prior to the start of the fall semester.

Returning JTAs DO NOT take GPS 4090 again, but MUST attend mandatory training prior to the start of the fall semester. However, we are no longer able to pay the returning JTAs a stipend. Our budget is being "tightened" for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Graduate students who are also interested in the program DO NOT take GPS 4090, but MUST attend mandatory training prior to the start of the fall semester and DO NOT receive a stipend. Many graduate students act as a JTA as part of their graduate practicum (if they have one).

We are also currently in the process of filing GPS 4090 with the Compass Curriculum to be offered as a "Navigate" course. We are still working on the process and I will keep you updated of any changes.

If you wish to apply for the 2015 JTA Program, please click HERE for an application.


Applications should be returned to:

Carrie Arnold in ACAD (Academic Office Building) 504.