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Undergraduate Remedial Tutor/Chemistry Peer Learning Assistant, AY 2020-2021

Application Window

Open date: August 19th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, May 28, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

In collaboration with faculty and graduate students in Chemistry, Peer Learning Assistants (PLA) provide academic support for students in chemistry (CHEM) discussion sections and/or in the Chemistry Center. PLAs serve as social and intellectual role models through work in classroom and center activities. PLAs may be assigned either or both classroom and center hours, depending on experience and program need. Through small group and individual support, PLAs increase chemistry proficiency by assisting students in finding their own answers and learn to solve problems independently. PLAs are responsible for creating an inclusive learning environment with support focused on reinforcement of course material.

In their role as peer leaders in Chemistry course discussion sections, PLAs will led small group exercises intended to support student learning, complementing the instruction provided by the instructor and graduate TA. Beginning Fall 2020, students who serve as PLAs in Chemistry courses must enroll in a 1 unit group study course focused on pedagogy.

In the Chemistry Center (, PLAs provide academic support for students enrolled in CHEM 1, 2, 8, 10 and 100 through individual and small group tutoring and workshops. Tutors are responsible for participating in day-to-day operations of the center – including checking in students and maintaining the space. Tutors are also required to mentor new tutors and adhere to staff policies and procedures. PLAs are required to participate in mandatory training and regular staff meetings.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Salary is based on an hourly rate of $16.75 and is based on the UC academic salary scales.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial UC Merced transcript

  • Class schedule

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)