FSI WOK Course Fellow

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

Ways of Knowing (HUM/STC 250) Course Fellow Job Description

Summer 2023


Freshman Scholars Institute: Program Overview

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and laboratory experiences. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. In the summer of 2023, which we anticipate teaching in-person, FSI will begin on June 28th (Monday) and conclude on August 18th (Friday). 

Ways of Knowing Course Fellow: Position Description

Course Fellows are experienced peer learners who work with students enrolled in HUM/STC 250 Ways of Knowing. Fellows facilitate students’ examination of course texts and assist students in brainstorming their own analytic responses to these texts. In particular, Course Fellows help introduce students to critical reading, thinking, and writing methods, as well as strategies for successfully approaching complex written assignments. Each Course Fellow will be embedded in a section of Ways of Knowing, receiving mentorship and guidance from the Ways of Knowing instructor. Fellows will work consistently with students in that section, facilitating small group text labs and, occasionally, leading individual conferences. Fellows will receive training from the Freshman Scholars Institute staff and attend weekly text lab prep sessions.


Note: Because of the time commitment involved in the position, Course Fellows may not also take part in a full-time summer research opportunity, including but not restricted to ReMatch and OURSIP.



Ways of Knowing Course Fellows will gain:

  • Room and 3 meals/day beginning June 27 and ending August 18
  • An additional $17/hr for 20-25 hrs/week during the 8-wk FSI term 
  • Mentorship from FSI staff and Ways of Knowing instructors
  • Intensive and inclusive pedagogical training in reading, writing, critical thinking, and study skills
  • Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population



Total Commitment: ~25 hours/week


Pre-FSI commitment

FSI Course Fellows should expend to spend approximately 10 total hours prepping for FSI prior to June 28 on the following activities:

  • Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings 
  • Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars


Program Commitment

Course Fellows should plan to be in residence and remain on campus from June 27 to August 18. They should plan to spend approximately 25 hours per week on the following responsibilities: 

  • Attend and participate in a 3-day training on June 28-29
  • Attend and help facilitate FSI Orientation on July 2-3
  • Attend and help to facilitate FSI Reorientation on August 17-18
  • Meet once/week with WOK instructor to plan week of instruction and debrief prior week
  • Attending regular WOK class sessions (M/W 10am-12:30pm) and supporting WOK instructors in lesson plans
  • Support WOK instructor as needed throughout the course, including one-on-ones with students
  • Facilitating multiple small-group text lab discussions each week with WOK students
  • Meet once/week with FSI staff to prep text lab and for professional development training
  • Attend FSI colloquia and other formal community events 
  • Providing mentorship, curricular and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars both in- and outside of class



  • Mature undergraduate students possessing advanced critical reading and writing skills, along with a passion for teaching and mentoring.
  • Students who have taken HUM/STC 250 in previous summers, as well as current Princeton Writing Center Fellows, are particularly encouraged to apply. 


Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 20, 2023 12:00 PM (noon) EDT



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