Honors Seminar Assistants

The University Honors Program is now accepting applications for Honors Seminar Assistant (HSA) volunteer positions for Fall 2019. Application review begins December 5, and will continue on a rolling basis until all scheduled seminars have at least one HSA.

As an Honors Seminar Assistant, you will be a role model, a resource, and a mentor to a group of first-year Honors students. The HSA also contributes to fostering an inclusive community, welcoming of all students. At least one HSA supports eash Honors first-year seminar (HNRS 190).

Serving as an HSA provides an opportunity to give back to the Honors community, to develop leadership skills, and to strengthen your relatiobnship with an Honors faculty member. Because of the diversity of academic interests of incoming students, we encourage Honors students from all disciplines to apply (see guidelines below).

To be the best HSA you can be, you should be motivated by a desire to help other students adjust to college and share the wealth of information you’ve accumulated while at KU and in the Honors Program. As an expert in being a student at KU in the Honors Program, you might be given the lead in portions of classes, so as to share your experience and lead first-year students to learn the ropes more quickly.  Working with the instructor of your section, you might also be invited to lead discussions, hold office hours, participate in round-table discussions on related topics, attend co-curricular programing, etc.


  • Successful completion of HNRS 190 or HNRS 195 with a grade of A.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above.
  • By Fall 2018, must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with an interest in teaching, mentoring, or sharing your KU and Honors experiences.

Duties:  A Seminar Assistant's Role

  • Treat all students in the course with dignity and respect.
  • Treat grades and the content of student assignments confidentially and share these only with the instructor.
  • Attend class regularly and complete all assigned course readings.
  • Meet with Instructor when prompted and/or when the needed.
  • Complete assigned duties in a professional manner. For example, you may be assigned one or more of the following: leading a discussion, holding office hours, taking attendance, keeping records, or preparing a poster in collaboration with your students representing the contents of your seminar for the Honors First-Year Symposium. 
  • Attend workshops and training sessions as requested.

To apply, simply complete the application form. No recommendation letter is expected, but be sure that the faculty or staff member you ask to be a reference is available for a short phone conversation.

You can help first-year students make their transition to college a smooth and successful one!  Join our team of Honors Seminar Assistants!

For more information, please contact Anne Dotter (annele@ku.edu).


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