Reader and Tutor Hiring

Readers and Tutors are hired on a quarterly basis.  

The BSOE Academic Payroll Team sends the quarterly call to hire readers and tutors to instructors about 4 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.  

Students are not permitted to begin working before completing the required payroll forms and work-authorization documents (see step 4 below).

Job Descriptions

  • Readers: Grade student work including homework, papers, laboratory reports, and exams; attend lectures or labs; meet with supervisor (instructor).  Readers cannot tutor or lead classroom activities.
  • Tutors (Individual and Group): Available at established times for tutorial sessions; attend lectures or labs; meet with supervisor (instructor).  Tutoring sessions may involve assisting students with: understanding course concepts; developing study strategies and methods for independent work; developing writing and critical thinking skills through reviewing; commenting on and discussing student work including homework and papers; preparing for exams. Tutors should not be assigned or be expected to perform, nor should perform, the duties of a Teaching Assistant such as: holding mandatory discussion sections; being responsible for grade recommendations of students enrolled in the class; providing direct instruction (e.g., delivering lectures or conducting substantive discussion sections).
    • Individual Tutors: Available at established times for one-on-one tutorial sessions.
    • Group Tutors: Available at established times for group tutorial sessions.
  • Readers and Tutors may NOT begin work until the appointment is formally offered and accepted via the RTA system and all necessary payroll paperwork is completed.
  • Readers and Tutors cannot begin working prior to the quarter start.
  • Students cannot work more than 220 hours per quarter, 20 hours per week, or 8 hours per day, all campus jobs combined, during the academic year. 

Step 1: Instructor

  • After you receive the call direct interested students to apply the Reader Tutor Application (RTA) system
  • If you're unable to find a Reader/Tutor for your course, you may post your job on the BSOE Undergraduate Newsletter using your CruzID. 
  • You will receive an email notification when a student applies to your course. An application is not a guarantee of employment.
  • Review the application(s) in the RTA System and allocate hours to the student(s) you wish to hire.
  • The hours you allocate are the total hours the student may be able to work for the quarter.
  • Important Note: The RTA is an open application system.  You may receive applications from students you are not familiar with.  Please consider all applications for employment.  

Step 2: Academic Payroll

  • Review student applications that have received an allocation of hours from the instructor, collaborating with the instructor as needed.
  • Approves the application if appropriate.

Step 3: Student

  • You will receive an email confirmation when you have applied to a course.
  • An application is not a guarantee of employment.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a formal offer of employment email notice.
  • You must accept the formal offer via the RTA system within two days.
  • You are not permitted to begin working before completing the required payroll forms and work-authorization documents.

Step 4: Academic Payroll

  • Sends instructions to the students to initiate remote on-boarding. 
  • Creates/updates a position in UCPath in the Position Management module.
  • Completes Smart HR template transaction hire or PayPath re-hire once student completes their payroll documents.

Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) Tutors

MEP Tutor Positions are available each quarter for qualified tutors in support of the MEP tutorial services.  Please contact the MEP Program Director for additional information.