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 Gatway 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.


  1. Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
  2. Attend mandatory two-day mandatory training prior to the start of the fall semester (August 15 and August 17, 9am - 4pm)
  3. Attend Gateway Program Seminar Start Up Days from 9am-5pm on August 20-21
  4. Attend all sessions of assigned Gateway Program Seminar.
  5. Complete all reading assignments for assigned Gateway Program Seminar.
  6. Complete all tasks assigned to by your Gateway Program Seminar topic faculty member.
  7. Coach and mentor your small group of first-year students.
  8. Conduct one-on-one interviews with each of your first-year students at the beginning and end of the Gateway Program Seminar.
  9. Plan two activities with your small group section of first-year students outside of class (one academic and one social).
  10. Provide a list of campus social activities to your first-year students every week.
  11. Conduct yourself in a manner appropriate to being a mentor on campus at all times during the semester.
  12. Remain in good academic standing with your college.
  13. Remain in good disciplinary standing with the university.
  14. Attend all online and in-class sessions of GPS 4090: Peer Mentoring for Gateway Program Seminar.
  15. Must pass GPS 4090 with a "C" or higher to receive the $600 stipend (to be applied to your spring 2016 tuition bill).
  16. Must agree to behave appropriately as a peer mentor in and outside of class.
  17. Complete all JTA and GPS 4090 tasks as assigned.

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.