The General Education Faculty Assistance
Program (GEFAP) was established in 1990 to provide funds for General Education
faculty to enhance the course experience for students in their classes. The
goal of the program is to ensure that faculty teaching General Education
courses have the time and resources to deliver quality instruction to their
students, especially for larger sections of courses. As a result, GEFAP
assistants become an integral part of the coeducation process with responsibilities
specific to cultivating an inclusive learning experience. GEFAP assistants help
maintain structure in the classroom by keeping students focused and on topic.
Since its inception, the program has disbursed close to $1,000,000 in funding.
Who are GEFAP assistants?
Although not required, GEFAP assistants are
often students who have previously taken the General Education class with a
successful grade. GEFAP assistants demonstrate a deep understanding of the
course material and possess the maturity to assume a position of leadership
among their peers.
GEFAP assistants are not the traditional
Teaching Assistants; they do not take over the work of classroom teaching in
order to further the scholarly interests of professors, but rather they serve
to connect with students in the classroom to enhance their understanding of the
The GEFAP assistantship is ideally for students
who want to:
leaders of change
peer students learn the course content using effective learning approaches
a lasting relationship with an instructor or academic department
skills as a facilitator of learning
their public speaking and interpersonal communications skills
their problem-solving and critical thinking skills
How do GEFAP assistants contribute to the class
GEFAP assistants generate excitement and
enthusiasm for a General Education course by:
Modeling effective learning practices
Leading peer review sessions on classroom materials
Examples of activities that are not part of the
role of a GEFAP assistant:
Assessing student work
Assisting with faculty research
Teaching the class
Writing Coach (unless they have received specific training
from their faculty supervisor)
How do students benefit from the GEFAP
GEFAP assistants are able to enhance their college experience and future career trajectory through:
to build a connection and rapport with faculty
Learning about the depth of work involved in teaching a college
into the collegiate community and enhancing their sense of belonging
an understanding of different learning processes and how they affect
individual reasoning and comprehension
Considering a future in the teaching field
or strengthening skills in leadership, communication, and time management
their knowledge of the course topic and increase confidence in the subject
How do GEFAP assistants benefit students in the
Students in the classroom experience an enriching learning environment based on the support provided by GEFAP assistants. The students:
Often feel more comfortable approaching peers with questions
rather than the professors
Harness the study materials through guided study sessions and recommendations
Utilize the GEFAP assistant as an
additional resource for questions and concerns regarding the class
How do GEFAP assistants benefit the faculty?
Gains to the faculty are tremendous as GEFAP assistants:
Provide an objective lens to measure course progression,
specifically topics that were easily grasped and topics that presented
Have the potential to bring fresh and diverse perspectives into
an opportunity for the faculty to mentor promising undergraduate students
Are effective resources to help professors understand
experiences and perspectives of undergraduate students
GEFAP awards continue to be an integral part of
the success of the General Education Program. The awards are competitive, with
priority for funding going to professors teaching large and/or multiple
sections of courses, as well as to instructors who consistently demonstrate
that their use of teaching assistants furthers the goals and mission of the
General Education Program and directly benefits their students.
Become a GEFAP Assistant
GEFAP assistants are often selected by
instructors as exemplary students from previous classes. However, many apply
for the position and are selected based on their commitment to be leaders,
ability to attend the course assigned, and successful completion of the course or a
GEFAP Assistants are compensated at the rate of $11.50/hour. They are paid directly by the department where the course is housed.
GEFAP Assistants may work no more than 120 hours in a semester.
The GEFAP is only available to undergraduate students. If additional funds are available after undergraduate GEFAP awards are allocated, graduate students may be considered.
The General Education Program is pleased to
announce the availability of awards for the General Education Faculty
Assistance Program (GEFAP) for fall 2016. Electronic applications will be accepted through April 17, 2016.
Application for GEFAP implies acknowledgment of
the following guidelines:
GEFAP applications must articulate the relationship of the
assistant's work and the General Education goals both program-wide and within
the specific Foundational Area. Descriptions of those goals and their
relationship to the course should already appear in the syllabus.
The General Education Program does not sanction the use of
GEFAP assistants for grading purposes, including correcting papers or exams.
Under no circumstance should GEFAP assistants grade or assess student work.
Using GEFAP assistants as a writing coach is only considered appropriate if the
GEFAP assistant has received training from their faculty supervisor.
All faculty who teach General Education courses, both
full-time and part-time, are eligible to apply.
Factors influencing the award and the number of hours awarded
include the quality of the application, the proposed activities of the
assistant, the connection to and enhancement of General Education objectives,
the course's likely enrollment (and enrollment history), and the amount of
GEFAP budget available.
The maximum semester hours you may request is 120, with the
strong encouragement that students regularly attend the class they are
supporting. When submitting your application, be mindful that asking for a
smaller amount benefits other faculty. We imagine that standard award sizes
will range 60-90 hours.
Individual faculty members select GEFAP assistants.
Faculty members who have received awards in prior semesters
must complete a full application with revised statements on the relationship
and effectiveness of GEFAP to the course.