Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

Which courses will have SI?

Courses that offer SI are determined one semester in advance. When applying, please list all courses that you are interested in being an SI Leader and you feel qualified, including courses that are not listed on your current schedule. 

As of Summer 2021, SI is being offered for: 

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • EMT Basic & Clinical
  • Pro Tech (PTAC2420)

Training & Support of SI Leaders

We provide new SI Leaders with an initial training and orientation to the position and program,. Throughout the semester all SI Leaders experience on-going training designed to help develop strategies to strengthen skills. We believe the skills that SI Leaders develop are transferable to numerous future careers. We do not provide SI Leaders with training in any specific content area (ex: math), which is why this knowledge of the content is expected prior to application and why Leaders attend class with the students.

Can I be a Leader for a course that is not in my major?

Yes. Many courses for which SI is offered are required for a variety of majors, which means you will have the content knowledge needed for the course for which you will be an SI Leader.

When can I apply?

We accept applications at any time from individuals who want to be considered for any future SI Leader openings. It is generally best to apply as soon as you are interested.

We have a "priority deadline" for each semester. SI positions are for one semester at a time. The priority deadlines coincides with the reapplication process for experienced Leaders who want to return for another semester. Applying by the priority deadlines guarantees all qualified new applicants an interview, and equal consideration for open positions.

Priority Deadlines are:

  • November 1 (for Spring SI Leader positions)
  • April 1 (for Fall SI Leader positions)

Once the priority deadline passes we continue to accept and review applications for positions that remain open on an on-going basis. Hence, we suggest that you submit an application at any time as an expression of your intent, and we will follow-up with you as we have openings fitting your interests.

Can I be an SI Leader AND student in a course?

No. SI Leader's have to complete each course before providing SI sessions to students.

Can I apply if I am a graduate student?

Yes. Overall, we do want to hire the best candidates possible. There are a few reasons why we prefer our Leaders to be undergraduate students, but we will accept applications from any currently enrolled BC student, regardless of classification. If you are a graduate student, you should recognize the following:

  • Being a Teaching Assistant and SI Leader for the same course/section is likely a conflict of interest.
  • The SI Leader position does not qualify as an assistantship, and does not include the benefits of an assistantship.
  • SI Leader's commitments consume 10 hours of work per week, which counts towards the limit of hours that could be worked.

We recommend that graduate students secure a graduate assistantship first, and discuss possible hour commitments for additional work on campus with their advisor. If at least 10 hours is available for SI and there are no conflicts of interest, then please apply to be an SI Leader.

I am currently enrolled in a course for which I want to apply to be an SI Leader. Can I apply before I receive my final grade?

Yes, you can apply to be an SI Leader for the upcoming semester if you are still enrolled in the course. If your final grade has not been determined by the time you apply, please have your current instructors email Jenni Jones, SI Program Coordinator, with your current grades. If you are offered a future SI Leader position prior to completion of the course, your offer will be conditional until your final grade in the course can be verified.