Freshman Scholars Institute Online (FSI Online)
Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) Job Description
What is the Freshman Scholars Institute Online (FSI Online)?
FSI Online is a seven-week, fully virtual academic and co-curricular bridge program designed primarily for first-generation and/or low-income (FLi) students. FSI online gives students an early opportunity to enroll in one online, credit-bearing Princeton course; connect in structured exchanges with faculty, staff, and peers; and gain familiarity with various academic and co-curricular campus resources. Through these experiences, students will be able to reflect upon the transition to college, learn to navigate university resources, establish early mentoring relationships with faculty, and develop the skills foundational to scholarly work. In the summer of 2023, FSI Online will be held from July 6-August 24. Scholars will take one credit-bearing course.
The Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) plays a crucial role in the administration of the program, serving as liaisons between the undergraduate students (participants and Virtual College Advisers) and FSI program administrators.
What does a Virtual GPC do?
The GPC has the following primary responsibilities during FSI, which they undertake with the support of a Director of Student Life, Justin Smith; FSI’s Associate Director, Dr. Ashlee Shaw; and FSI’s Co-Curricular Coordinator, Chelsie Berg-Geist:
- Facilitating weekly “core group” meeting of FSI Virtual College Advisers (VCAs), a group of approximately eight undergraduates who act as advisers and mentors to the incoming freshmen;
- Assisting with the programming of non-academic activities for FSI participants, especially on evenings and weekends;
- Promoting the programs developed by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning designed to provide participants with academic support (study halls, academic skills workshops);
- Offering developmentally appropriate advising;
- Coordinating with the Director of Student Life (DSL), the Associate Director and Co-Curricular Coordinator of the Freshman Scholars Institute to respond to any crisis situations;
- Ensuring strong communication between the VCAs and the FSI program administrators and promoting the smooth operation of the program in all ways necessary.
When is the program?
July 1– August 24, 2023.
In addition to the summer commitments, the GPC should plan on attending professional development training and staff meetings in late April-early May (exact dates and times TBD).
What is the time commitment involved?
Approximately 20 hours per week, with evening and weekend work required.
How is the GPC compensated?
The GPC receives $22/hour.
Who is eligible to be a GPC?
To be considered for appointment as a Virtual Graduate Program Coordinator, graduate students must have the approval of their respective Directors of Graduate Studies and the Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School Office. International students should verify with the Davis International Center that they are eligible to participate in this type of employment. Eligibility is limited to enrolled or post-enrolled Princeton graduate students. Only in rare exceptions will non-Princeton graduate students be considered. Preference will be given to students who have completed their general exams before the start of the program.