Job Description

A SI Leader is an undergraduate student who provides peer academic support for an assigned course. SI Leaders assist in student learning and retention at Iowa State University through facilitation of study sessions that help students better understand concepts and applications of course content.

Each semester, we hire more than 50 undergraduate SI Leaders. Based on policies of the graduate college, we cannot hire graduate students.

Become an SI Leader

If you are interested in serving as an SI Leader please consider applying to serve as a leader in spring 2020. Applications for spring 2020 are now open. Candidates who submit an application by November 29th will be given priority. 

After you have reviewed the information on this page you can click the "Apply to be an SI Leader" button on the right side of this page or you can click the direct link to the application here: .

Click here to view a list of Anticipated SI Supported Courses                                   

View the qualifications, responsibilties, and compensation below.


For consideration, candidates must possess the following qualifications:
  • Enrollment as an Iowa State University undergraduate student
  • Minimum ISU cumulative GPA: 3.00/4.00
  • Minimum semester GPA for the most recent academic semester completed: 3.00/4.00
  • Grade of B+ or higher in course(s) you desire to lead
    **Please note: we do not provide SI Leaders with any training in specific content areas (ex: math), which is why this knowledge of course content is expected prior to application.
    **If you are currently enrolled in the course and do not yet have a final grade determined, please have your instructor complete the Current Grade Form.
  • Self-motivation and direction to work independently with limited supervision
  • Empathy for and understanding of a diverse group of students
  • Ability to speak and present information to large audiences


SI Leaders will:
  • Attend all lectures with students to relearn course content, stay on pace with instruction, and build rapport with students and instructor
  • Promote SI and motivate students to attend SI sessions through class announcements, board reminders, and electronic communication
  • Creatively plan for SI sessions including preparing interactive activities, worksheets, and other resources that encourage peer-to-peer learning
  • Facilitate three 50-minute SI sessions per week using collaborative and active learning strategies
  • Participate in staff development activities and continuous leadership development opportunities including SI Leader orientation, SI Leader retreat, staff meetings, individual meetings with an SI Supervisor or Mentor, and observations of peer SI Leaders
  • Complete administrative responsibilities including taking and submitting attendance, submitting wage reports, maintaining website in a timely manner
  • Develop relationships with students, SI supervisors, and course instructor(s) and facilitate relationship-building among students
  • Assist students in becoming familiar with study skills and university resources
  • Role model good student behavior and act in a professional manner

Leaders must be able to attend the following required staff development and trainings during the spring 2020 semester:

  • Orientation
    • New Leaders
      • Saturday, January 11th 1:00pm-6:00pm
      • Sunday, January 12th 1:00pm-5:00pm
    • Returning Leaders
      • Sunday, January 12th 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • All SI Staff Meetings
    • Thursday, January 16th 6:10-8:00pm
    • Thursday, February 6th 6:10-7:00pm
    • Thursday, March 5th 6:10-7:00pm
    • Thursday, April 2nd 6:10-7:00pm
    • Thursday, April 23rd 6:10-7:00pm
  • All Staff Retreat
    • Saturday, February 22nd 9am-1pm


SI Leaders will earn $11.00 per hour for time spent:

  • Attending class
  • Preparing for sessions
  • Facilitating sessions
  • Meeting with your SI instructor
  • Participating in training & professional development
For most Leaders, this is 9 to 12 hours per week. Leaders are also required to participate in orientation, staff meetings, retreat, and other related professional development opportunities throughout the semester and are compensated accordingly.

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding becoming a Supplemental Instruction Leader, please call our office (515-294-6624) or e-mail


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