[Parentsgroup-list] House Tutor Applications

Irene Newton irene.newton at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 13:04:30 EST 2007

Hi Everyone,

I am a tutor in Winthrop House and as Christine described below, the  
position is great for families.  Unfortunately, you should know that  
the houses are less likely to pick candidates that already come with  
children both because deleaded space is hard to come by and because  
you will spend less of your time interacting with undergrads since  
you already have a family.  That said, I am more than happy to talk  
to anyone interested in the position (how to get it, what's expected,  


Irene Newton
PhD Candidate
Harvard University -- OEB
16 Divinity Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02138
irene.newton at gmail.com

On Dec 3, 2007, at 12:07 PM, wenc at fas.harvard.edu wrote:

> Hi all--
> Passing along this notice.  (See below.)  Becoming a resident House  
> Tutor is the
> one major perk a parent can get at Harvard.  You get free room and  
> board in
> exchange for (I am told) not all that much work, and a ready supply of
> undergrad babysitters.  You can even have pets in some of the  
> houses--the only
> Harvard housing that allows them.  (That's why you sometimes see  
> dogs walking
> around Harvard Yard.)
> These posts are extremely hard to come by, as you can imagine, and  
> there are
> usually only a handful of spots--or fewer--open for families every  
> year.
> Whether you get picked also depends on what your academic specialty  
> is; each
> house wants a balance and if they already have 3 English lit tutors  
> they might
> not want another one.  Still, these spots are definitely worth  
> applying for.
> Also look into becoming a Freshman Proctor, if you are interested  
> in a job like
> this.  (that's a separate application)
> For planning ahead, note that you are more likely to become a  
> resident tutor if
> you are a nonresident tutor first.
> --Christine
> ---------------
> The Office of Residential Life is currently accepting applications for
> House Tutors, both resident and non-resident, to provide counsel and
> serve as a resource for undergraduates. House Tutors are typically
> graduate students or junior members of the faculty whose primary roles
> are to provide academic and personal advice to students, as well as to
> participate in the life of the House. Tutors take initiative in
> organizing and participating in intellectual, cultural, and
> extracurricular activities in the House, such as discussion and  
> language
> tables, intramural sports, drama, music, and art. Tutors often  
> represent
> their departments and/or fields of study by teaching sections and
> advising students interested in their fields. More information is
> available online at
> http://www.orl.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do? 
> keyword=k11447&pageid=icb.page119450
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