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General Information:

f you are a Spinelli Center tutor or affiliated with our training, you should have access to the Tutoring Reference Document. You can contact Cat and Myssie by email or you can sign up for a self-scheduled "check-in" slot. Most slots are 15 minutes, but sign up for two -- or email us -- if you need more time.

Our Spinelli Center Moodle page has helpful information and training resources.

Crisis Flowchart:

The first instruction is (almost always): ask a question! The phone numbers we talked about in meetings were:

  • Crisis hotline: 413-586-5555
  • Campus Police: 413-585-2490
  • General emergency (uneqivocally need an ambulance): 911

Logs for Tutors and TAs:

If you are a Spinelli Center tutor or affiliated with our training, you should have access to

Training Modules:

Before 2020, we would have a series of lunch meetings for our tutor cohorts. During the pandemic we moved to partially asynchronous online training. For the 2021-2022 academic year, we anticipate retaining some parts of the online training, while reintroducing (when possible) in-person discussions.

Typically tutors attend on the day corresponding to their departmental cohort but if that day doesn't work, please let us know and we will accommodate you on a different day! The schedule will be determined when we have more information.

Are you interested in becoming a tutor and/or TA?

Job Description: Tutors primarily hold drop-in hours to support a specific section, course, or department. Tutors also hold one-on-one sessions and/or small group sessions. The position includes trainings and meetings with Spinelli Center staff, meetings with course instructors, and administrative tasks. Tutors submit a tutor log after every tutoring session, meeting, or training. Full year tutors are preferred, but tutors may be hired for just the fall or just the spring semester in some instances. We generally hire in April for the entire following academic year, but we occasionally hire midyear. On April 1st we will start the process of hiring. It may be helpful to read our Tutor Position Details document. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please send an email to let us know of your interest!

Requirements: We will require one reference instructor of the course or department, and one reference person from outside the division for which you want to tutor (such as other employers or supervisors or faculty from outside your division). You will not need a letter from your reference(s), but they should be willing to answer two questions from us. We do not have a GPA requirement, but mastery of the course content, empathy, patience, good communication and excellent interpersonal skills are required.

To Apply: In Spring 2022, between April 3 and May 12, potential tutors can fill out the online Spinelli Center Application and schedule an interview. Questions? Email spinelli <at> smith <dot> edu.



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