Would you like to share your knowledge with others and give back to your college community? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach at Rutgers? Are you interested in a challenge or want to improve your presentation and public speaking skills? If so, you should consider applying to be a FIGS Peer Instructor (PI).

Our PIs feel that the experience of teaching a college course has given them a unique connection to their academic fields, to their peers, and to Rutgers University. Peer Instructors engage their students through thought-provoking discussions, topical area debates, hands-on experiments, and lessons about college success while simultaneously enhancing their own leadership skills, public speaking abilities, and teaching techniques. Past PIs have shared that their experiences with the FIGS program provided them with the skills and confidence they needed to succeed in their future professional endeavors.

More information can be found below and in our information packet.

Information Sessions:

Attend an information session to learn more about the position and selection process and hear from FIGS staff and former PIs. Several information sessions will be offered in December and January. Interested students are encouraged to attend to learn more but attendance is not required to apply. Information session dates will be held on:

  • Friday, December 6 at 10:30AM in Beck 101,
  • Thursday, December 12 at 3PM in 106 Somerset Street (4th Floor)
  • Tuesday, January 21 at 4:30PM in 106 Somerset Street (4th Floor), and
  • Thursday, January 23 at 9:00AM in Busch Student Center (Career Exploration and Success)

Students are encouraged to register for an info session on Handshake.

Benefits of Being a FIGS Peer Instructor:

Peer Instructors receive a stipend of $1250 (increased in January 2020) and 3 credits for the Peer Instructor Education course they enroll in during the fall they are teaching their FIGS course. Successful PIs have developed a strong understanding of their discipline, teamwork and leadership skills through campus and community involvement, a positive attitude about Rutgers, and an interest in mentoring first-year students. Don’t believe us? Read what current and former instructors have to say about their experience. Students are responsible for any applicable taxes.

Qualifications to be a FIGS Peer Instructor:

Peer Instructors must be full-time juniors or seniors (at least 54 credits) at the beginning of the fall semester that they teach a FIGS course. Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application and at the end of the spring semester before the fall they teach. All PIs must attend the required training sessions and enroll in one of the four sections of Peer Instructor Education (01:090:320).

Training and Curriculum Development:

Peer Instructors are prepared for their role in the classroom through ongoing training and professional development, starting with a PI Orientation program held in April. This event introduces new Peer Instructors to their fellow PIs and showcases the history and goals of the FIGS program.

Peer Instructors also participate in two mandatory Summer Institute sessions. Summer Institute I is a two-day training event held in May. Immediately following finals, it provides PIs with the tools needed to create their curricula over the summer.  During the next few months, PIs develop their unique FIGS courses utilizing the nine required elements and seeking advice from Senior Peer Instructors and their faculty mentors.  Summer Institute II—held Monday through Wednesday during the week prior to the start of fall classes—will cover classroom management, administrative logistics, and teaching techniques.

Enrolling in the three-credit Peer Instructor Education course is also a requirement of the PI position. This course, meeting once a week in the fall semester, allows for ongoing support and reflection on the teaching experience. Four sections of this course are offered so that Peer Instructors can arrange their schedules to accommodate the class.

Application and Interview Process:

The deadline to complete our online application for fall 2020 positions was noon on Friday, January 24, 2020. Please contact figs@echo.rutgers.edu with any questions.

Group Interview

The first step of the PI selection process is a group interview in which candidates are put into small teams to take on simple challenges. This provides the FIGS staff with the opportunity to see each student’s leadership, presentation, and teamwork skills in action.  By the end of day on Tuesday, January 28, candidates who meet the position qualifications will receive an email prompting them to select a 90-minute interview time during the weekend of January 31, February 1 and February 2. 

Recommendation Form

Following the group interview, candidates asked to continue in the PI selection process will be required to submit a recommendation form from a Rutgers faculty member, professional staff member, or previous professional supervisor. Any requests for non-professional staff members (eg. previous FIGS instructor, RA, etc.) must be pre-approved by emailing your request to figs@echo.rutgers.edu.The recommendation forms should be emailed to figs@echo.rutgers.edu directly by your recommender.

Individual Interview

A limited number of candidates will be selected to participate in individual interviews in February and March. These interviews allow a candidate to discuss their interests, skills, and experiences with several members of the selection committee. During this interview, candidates are also asked to give a five-minute teaching demonstration covering a specific skill or concept.