ELA Position Description and Application

Engineering Learning Assistant Position Description

An Engineering Learning Assistant (ELA) is a trained advanced undergraduate who leads the instruction of Engineering 100 and serves as a peer advisor/mentor to the students in their ENG 100 section for the fall semester.

ENG 100 meets for the first eight weeks of the semester.  Classes are 50 minutes and meet twice a week for the first four weeks, and once a week for the second four weeks.


  • Engineering student in good academic standing
  • Eligible to work in the US/ on campus
  • Will have taken classes on UIUC campus (or an affiliated study abroad) for four semesters before Fall of appointment
  • Documented leadership and involvement in University, department, and/or Engineering organizations
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Enthusiastic about sharing one’s experiences with first-year students


  • Attend Launch (Engineering welcome event on Saturday, August 25, 2018).
  • Instruct and facilitate one ENG 100 section of 20-25 students, following materials provided in training.
  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings with department while ENG 100 is meeting
  • Provide direction, guidance, and mentorship to students in their ENG 100 section during the fall

Training Requirements

  • New ELAs Only:  ELA Training course during second 8 weeks of the Spring 2018 semester (1 credit hour course)
  • Both New and Returning ELAs: One training session in the Fall (paid)

Time Commitment

6-8 hours / week (first eight weeks of the semester)

<5 hours / week (week 9 – end of the semester)


$9.00 / hour

Reporting line

Lead Engineering Learning Assistant(s)

Head Engineering Learning Assistants

IEFX Program Coordinator, Gretchen Forman

Application: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5396952