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Hiring Procedures

Jobs are in demand and fill quickly. To receive early consideration, please apply by early March for the fall semester or mid November for the spring semester. Job offers are made one semester at a time. If you receive an offer (by e-mail), respond as soon as possible to accept (or decline). When a position opens up, we hire the first qualified applicant we can reach. 

To apply to be an undergraduate course assistant, homework grader, or tutor, please fill out our Job Application. Once logged in, you can submit, update, or reapply.

Undergraduate Student Position Job Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Assistants

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and conduct a one and a half hour workshop problem session per week.
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with other course assistants and instructional staff.
  • Grade weekly homework assignments (approx. 3-4 hours per week).
  • Attend a mandatory training session at the start of the semester.

Undergraduate Homework Graders

Undergraduate graders are sought for several entry-level MATH courses, particularly:

  • MATH 1105: Finite Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (fall only)
  • MATH 1340: Mathematics and Politics (spring only)
  • MATH 1710: Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World

Graders may also be needed for one or more courses in the engineering calculus sequence (MATH 1910-1920-2930-2940) or for the occasional 3000-/4000-level course, but this is less certain. (See the undergraduate course assistant positions if you are interested in grading Calculus I or Calculus II.)

Responsibilities

  • Comprehensive, precise grading of weekly assignments.
  • Accurate record keeping.
  • Prompt return of assignments to the course instructor.

Undergraduate Tutors

Applicants for Undergraduate Tutor positions at the Mathematics Support Center should (at minimum) be able to help students with the material taught in

  • Calculus I (MATH 1110),
  • Calculus II (MATH 1120),
  • Finite Math for the Life and Social Sciences (MATH 1105),
  • Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences (MATH 1106).

Those with sufficient background to tutor for some of the upper-level math courses are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct one-on-one and small-group tutoring sessions for students on a walk-in basis.
  • Staff the Math Support Center during specific assigned hours each week. (Additional hours will be available during busy times of the semester, such as right before an exam is held in one of the courses.)
  • Attend a one-hour training session at the start of the semester.

Information for New Hires

  • If you have never been a Cornell student employee before, you must complete an I-9 Employment Eligibility Form before you can begin work. Fill out Section 1 and bring the form along with the originalaccepted documents (listed on the last page) to Heather Peterson in 310 Malott Hall.
  • Immediately contact your course instructor to discuss his/her expectations and preferred deadlines.
  • Pick up the textbook(s) for your course from Mikki in 310A Malott Hall (and don't forget to return it at the end of the semester).

Compensation

The undergraduate positions of tutor, course assistant, and grader follow a two-tier pay system. Effective January 1, 2018, new hires will be paid $11.00/hour, and the pay rate will increase to $11.50/hour after two semesters of employment for the Mathematics Department (not necessarily consecutive or in the same position).

Paychecks and Time Reporting

This position is subject to the Non-exempt Bi-weekly Payroll Calendar. Report your time using Workday by noon on each pay period end date. Payroll Services will issue your paycheck on alternate Thursdays to the home address provided by you through Student Center. (Under Contact Information, click the "Home" link to edit your address.) To avoid lost, stolen, or delayed paychecks, sign up for Direct Deposit.

Contact Heather Peterson (hko1@cornell.edu) if you have any questions. Payroll Services has some very useful links.