Lead ELA Position Description and Application

Lead Engineering Learning Assistant Position Description

A Lead Engineering Learning Assistant (ELA) is a trained advanced undergraduate who oversees the ELAs and ENG 100 course activities within their department. They are the main point of contact for ENG 100 related items for department faculty and staff, Head ELAs, and the IEFX Program Coordinator.

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
  • Have taught one semester of ENG 100 before Fall 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.
  • Provide direction, guidance, and mentorship to students in their ENG 100 section during the fall
  • Prepare for and lead bi-weekly meetings with the department ELAs while ENG 100 is meeting.
  • Communicate department status regularly with Head ELAs.
  • Coordinate with Head ELAs on curriculum changes and assist with ELA training as needed in Spring 2018

Training Requirements

  • One training session in the Fall (paid)

Time Commitment

8-10 hours / week (first eight weeks of the semester)

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


$10.00 / hour

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Head Engineering Learning Assistants

IEFX Program Coordinator, Gretchen Forman

Application:  https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3478498