CoLab Student Affiliates (CoSA) Program

The CoLab Student Affiliates (CoSA) Program empowers students at Plymouth State University to engage in and lead innovations in teaching and learning. Student Affiliates mentor and consult with faculty, staff, and students; develop themselves as peer leaders through practice and conversation; and participate in campus-wide discussions about the challenges of higher education. Students will generally work 5 hours per week with flexible scheduling. This position is work study eligible. Starting salary is $10/hour.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current student at Plymouth State University
  • A strong work ethic
  • The ability to communicate clearly and patiently about complex issues
  • Insatiable curiosity about technology, teaching and learning, and issues in higher ed

For students who want to work from May 2021-May 2022

The Cluster Pedagogy Learning Community (CPLC), is a community of 70 faculty and staff who are interested in innovative teaching. For the next season of the CPLC, which begins in May, the CoLab plans to stipend ten students at $450 each to participate virtually in a new student track during Summer 2021. Students in this track will participate with faculty and staff in the CPLC experience; they will attend CPLC workshops, do assignments, and talk with faculty/staff about new ideas in teaching and learning. They will receive training for partnering with faculty and working in the CoLab. They will be paired up with faculty partners to collaborate on course-related projects. Over the summer, this work will be flexible and VIRTUAL, so students can participate from anywhere in the world as long as they have internet access.

In the fall, CoSA’s will have on-campus student hourly positions in the CoLab (generally for five hours per week); depending on students’ strengths and interest, duties could include:

  • Learning about and consulting on open and digital educational practices
  • Collaborating with faculty and staff on developing digital environments for courses
  • Supporting students working with digital tools and in digital environments
  • Continuing to attending CPLC events and actively participating in conversations around teaching and learning
  • Continuing to engage in CPLC curriculum (completing readings, forum posts, etc.)
  • Being assigned to a “Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies” mentor group and otherwise mentoring students in the IDS program
  • Providing technology support on student ePorts
  • Doing office work

Training will be provided for all of this! You just have to be excited to learn!

Total Compensation

$450 for work in Summer 2021 plus $10/hour for Fall & Spring work after that.

To Apply

If you are interested in joining the CoSA program for our stipended virtual work this summer and then the hourly work for Fall and Spring of next year, please apply via Handshake: You will need to log on with your PSU credentials and complete a profile.

To apply, you will need a cover letter and list of professional references. In your cover letter, explain how you meet the minimum qualifications, discuss your previous work experience and/or passions that prepare you for this work, and tell us a little bit about your interest in education, technology, or working to make PSU a better place to learn. You should also provide the names and email of two academic or professional references (professor, employer, internship director, etc.) whom we can contact. Deadline to apply is April 23, 2021.