[Parentsgroup-list] House Tutor Applications

Manjari C. Miller mchatter at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Dec 3 13:22:47 EST 2007

Just an fyi, we're resident tutors at Leverett House--we accepted the 
position after we had already had a baby and we enjoy it. BUT 1. as Irene 
said, deleaded space is hard to come by and 2. being a resident tutor is 
not an insignificant amount of work. This is especially true now because 
the sophomore advising system has changed increasing the work load quite a 
bit. So if you decide to apply, it might be useful to talk to a few people 
about expectations, work load etc.

On Mon, 3 Dec 2007, Irene Newton wrote:

> 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, etc).
> Best,
> Irene Newton
> PhD Candidate
> Harvard University -- OEB
> 16 Divinity Ave,
> Cambridge, MA 02138
> 617/495-1138
> 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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