University Learning Center

Your Role as an SI Leader

SI Leader Job Description

A Supplemental Instruction Leader (SIL) is primarily responsible for facilitating group mastery of course content and academic skills development for students enrolled in a specific course section. The SIL attends class along with the currently enrolled students, takes notes, work homework problems and other assignments, takes quizzes and exams, etc., just as the currently enrolled students do, but receives no grade. The SIL holds two to three regular weekly SI sessions open to all students enrolled in the supported section. Students can attend these sessions on a voluntary basis. At the SI sessions, the SIL facilitates planned group activities designed to increase content mastery and improve study strategies.

Minimum requirements to be an SIL:

  • Final grade no lower than a B (3.0) on record for course to be supported
  • Endorsement of current instructor for course section
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated high interpersonal and communication skills
  • Complete application process, including interview with SI Coordinator
  • Ability to adhere to confidentiality requirements
  • Commitment to participate in all required SIL training

Preference will be given to applicants with CRLA or ATP tutor certification (any level) and/or a declared major in the discipline of the supported course.

SIL's are paid a stipend based on an average of 10 hours weekly over the 16-week semester, distributed as follows:

  • 3-4 hours of class attendance (varies by credit hour requirements for course)
  • 3 hours facilitation SI sessions
  • 3-4 hours preparation (to include conferencing with instructor and training workshops)

It is understood that the actual weekly hours may vary with academic holidays, scheduling of pre-exam review sessions, cancellation of sessions due to post-exam low attendance, etc., but that the average over the course of the semester is 10 hours weekly. The monthly stipend amount will not fluctuate with these changes.

The stipends are awarded per supported section and paid in four monthly installments.

SI Leader's Responsibilities

SI Leader Training Requirements for CRLA Level 1 Certification

Periodically throughout the semester, training workshops will be held to share skills and gain new skills via training videos, workbooks, activities, etc. SILs are expected to attend SIL training workshops.

  • The following outlines the minimum training requirements for all SI Leaders.
  • Tutor Certification* requirements are also listed.
  • All SI Leaders must engage in Level 1 certification training; after the first level of certification is complete, SI Leaders will have the option to continue toward Advanced and/or Master Certification.
  • This work is designed specifically to help you think about and develop your skills as a SI Leader.




Introduction to mission, policies, procedures, and requirements.

Must attend

Workshops / Paper Assignments

Several workshops and papers are scheduled and assigned throughout the semester. All are relevant to the work you do. Some may require preparation (reading or writing).

A schedule will be provided.

Must attend workshops over the course of one semesters.

(see Coordinator about time conflicts)

Participant Observation

Over the semester you will observe and/or assist other SI Leaders.

Must engage in two weeks of participant/observation.

Peer SI Leader Observation

Observe a fellow SIL during a session and write a description and critical analysis of the consultation on our blog. Can replace one weekly reflection.

Must conduct and write-up one peer tutor observation

Coordinator Observation & Conference

The Coordinator observes one session and meets with the SI Leader to review and discuss.

Must be observed by and meet with the Coordinator for tutor evaluation.

Final Poster

Details and options for this poster will be presented later in the semester.


  • The Supplemental Instruction training program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association ( CRLA is a member of CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) and is an internationally recognized tutor program certification association. Tutor certification is a way for you to heighten the prestige of your tutoring experience.