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The Office of Student Orientation and Transition offers students an opportunity to apply to serve in several student leadership roles on campus. You can apply to be an Orientation Advisor, Orientation Office Assistant and/or a Teaching Assistant and assist us as we support new students' in their transition to the University of Maryland, College Park. 

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Be a part of the Fall 2022 UNIV100 TA Cohort

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The UNIV100 TA Application is now live! Apply TODAY through 2/14/22.

WHAT IS A UNIV100 TEACHING ASSISTANT?

UNIV100 Teaching Assistants (UNIV100 TA) serve as co-instructors and mentors within a section of UNIV100. They are considered student leaders and foundational members of the Office of Student Orientation and Transition. 

UNIV100 TAs are trained by the office of Student Orientation and Transition in leadership development, communication skills, helping skills, and educational pedagogy to help them form meaningful relationships with incoming first-year students while co-facilitating a section of UNIV100 with a professional staff member at UMD.

WHAT IS UNIV100?

UNIV100 is a one-credit seminar course that helps new students get the most out of their first semester at the University of Maryland. Students get to the opportunity to learn about campus resources while developing academic and social skills that will help them be successful throughout their experience at UMD!

Students will be in small classrooms (no more than 20) where they will develop a network of supportive peers. Classes are led by faculty and staff members from across campus that help connect students to the experiences they want!

Some topics students may learn about are:

  • Getting involved on campus with leadership opportunities and student organizations
  • Academic resources, study skills, and library resources
  • How to be a holistically healthy Terp
  • Campus traditions and athletics
  • How to be an impactful member of an inclusive campus community
  • Lots more!

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Want to learn more? Visit us at the First Look Fair this Fall or join us for one of our Information Sessions!

Come to one of our information sessions to learn more about the application process, and what it means to be UNIV100 Teaching Assistant 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • UNIV100 TAs will be trained in a variety of highly sought after skills, including: leadership exploration and development, interpersonal and group communication, mentoring and helping students, classroom management.
  • UNIV100 TAs will have the opportunity to form meaningful connections with students experiencing a critical life transition. 
  • TAs are seen as student leaders, mentors, and upon completing the role are coached to use their skills to pursue other leadership roles, internships, or jobs on and off campus.
  • Upon completion of the UNIV100 TA role, you have the opportunity to apply for two paid leadership positions within the UNIV100 program; the UNIV100 TA Coordinator and the UNIV100 Returning TA Role.

Interested in recieving more information? Complete our UNIV100 TA Interest Form. We will contact you via email!

Nominate a student to become a UNIV100 TA!

Instructors are encouraged to nominate students for the UNIV100 TA position. Nominated students will be contacted directly by our team and encouraged to apply for this impactful leadership role. You can nominate a student by completing this brief form

Calling all communications majors, marketing majors, creative thinkers and artsy student leaders!

The Office of Student Orientation and Transition is excited to announce that we will be hiring a Communications Intern to serve as the marketing liaison for our office for the Spring 2022 semester. 

 

Do you know a talented undergraduate student who should apply for this role? Please complete our short nominations form to nominate a student leader, we will be sure to follow up with them and encourage them to apply!

 

Are you interested in applying? Follow this link view our job description and apply today! All applications must be completed by Monday, November 29th at 11:59pm to be considered. 

Apply for Orientation Staff 

Do you have a ton of school spirit? Do you love making new friends? Do you wanna spend your summer in College Park?

  • The application for Orientation Staff 2022 has closed. 

WHAT IS THE ORIENTATION STAFF?

At the Office of Student Orientation and Transition, our mission is to assist new undergraduate students in their transition to the University of Maryland, College Park. Our office is dedicated to hiring a well-rounded, diverse staff that is reflective of the student population we serve. As part of the Orientation staff, you will have the opportunity to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills, learn to work on a team, and develop relationships with your peers, as well as UMD faculty and staff.
 

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Want to learn more? Visit us at the First Look Fair this Fall or join us for one of our Information Sessions!

  • Info Sessions for Staff 2023 will be provided in Fall 2022!
  • Come to one of our information sessions to learn more about the application process, and what it means to be an Orientation Advisor or Orientation Office Assistant.  

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • Working in the best office on campus!
  • $3500 Stipend
  • $250 Terrapin Express
  • Free On-campus housing during the summer
  • Free Summer Eppley Recreation Center Pass
  • Free Terp Swag
  • Free Summer Parking Pass
  • Meals
  • And much more!
  • Can I apply to be a UNIV100 TA if I am a first year student
    • ​​​​​​​Yes! We believe your first-hand, recent experience with the first-year experience at the University of Maryland is very valuable! Additionally, you will be a sophomore by the time you begin your in-class TA experience, trained with the skill needed to be an impactful leader. 

 

  • Can I apply to be a UNIV100 TA if I did not take UNIV100?
    • ​​​​​​​Yes! We encourage any student who is passionate about mentoring new students while developing their leadership skills to apply. 

 

  • Can I apply to be a UNIV100 TA if I am a transfer student?
    • Yes! We very much value the experience of transfer students. There are also some sections of UNIV100 designated specifically for transfer students.

 

  • Will I receive training to be a UNIV100 TA​​​​​​​
    • ​​​​​​​Yes! UNIV100 TAs are trained in: lesson planning, classroom management, leadership skills, communication skills, community building, and more during their training courses (EDCP498 & EDUC388U).

 

  • What if I can’t fit EDCP498 into my Spring 22 class schedule?
    • ​​​​​​​All TAs are required to take our Spring 2022 EDCP498 course. This course allows us to prepare you for the classroom through lesson planning, classroom management, the development of your leadership skills and allows us to build community as a team to prepare for the fall. Most students are able to count this course as an upper-level elective. This class can be taken with other required courses.

 

  • Can I request to teach with a specific UNIV100 Instructor?
    • ​​​​​​​Yes! Once selected, UNIV100 TAs will be asked if they have preferences for the instructor and/or section they are assigned to. If the instructor submits a mutual request and it fits the student’s schedule, you will be paired.

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  • Will Summer 2022 be in person? What happens if COVID-19 prevents you from holding in-person orientation?
    • As of August 2021, the Office of Student Orientation and Transition intends to facilitate our traditional New Student and Terp Family Orientation in person on campus for Summer 2022. 
    • In the event of COVID-19 impacting our traditional in-person experience, we will facilitate a hybrid model with Optional On-Campus Visit Experiences and Online Orientation. 

 

  • Does the Orientation Office hire freshmen?
    • ABSOLUTELY! Our office hires all undergraduate students except for graduating seniors. 

 

  • Should I apply to be an Orientation Advisor or Orientation Office Assistant?
    • Both of our available positions are critical to the success of the Student Orientation and Transition Office. We encourage you to check out both position descriptions and responsibilities and if you have questions email us at orientation@umd.edu. 

 

  • Do we get time off during the summer when we work for orientation?
    • Orientation Staff Members have all weekends off and nights off on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We have one week off during the 4th of July and a week and a half off in August. We also make special exceptions for special life events such as Funerals, Weddings, & Graduations of relatives. All requests off must be shared in advance with the exception of funerals. We, unfortunately, cannot allow requests for family vacations and encourage people to schedule trips during our specific weeks off. 

 

  • Am I allowed to take Summer Classes or seek other employment while working for orientation?
    • Some students in the past have worked other jobs on the weekend or taken online classes while working during orientation. You would need to get any classes or additional employment approved by our office. However, our office aims to provide a healthy compensation package for students by providing a stipend, free housing, most meals, free parking, free gym pass, free UMD swag, & even Terrapin Express that can be used for laundry and additional meals. 

 

  • What if I can’t fit HESI318-O in my class schedule?
    • All Orientation Staff Members are required to take our Spring 2022 HESI318-O course on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. This course allows us to go over the fundamentals of orientation, transition, & retention, build community as a staff and prepare for the summer. Most students are able to count this course as an upper-level elective. This class can be taken with other required courses. 

 

  • The position description says you require staff to live on campus, what if I opted out of living on campus for the year due to COVID-19 can I still move.
    • We know that some applicants might have opted out of staying on campus during Fall 2021 and that is completely okay. Our office hires commuter students, out-of-state students, and students who have lived on campus. If you have concerns about moving into a residence hall for Summer 2022 please email orientation@umd.edu.
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