Academic Success Center

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Information for Faculty 

Faculty play a key role in the success of Supplemental Instruction. As a mentor your teaching expertise and knowledge provides an excellent resource for the SI Leader, both for their own personal development and the development of the students in your course. Frequent interaction between the SI Leader and the instructor before, during, and after class, help SI Leaders construct valuable sessions for your students. Additionally, it models student-faculty interaction, which demonstrates to students that you are the most valuable resource in the class. Communication between SI Leaders and instructors provides an opportunity for you to receive feedback on areas where students are struggling.

Expectations of Faculty

  • 30 minutes a week talking with the SI Leader about course content-or anything.
  • 10 minutes on the first day of class to introduce SI to your students.
  • Responding to surveys regarding performance of SI Leaders each semester.
  • Communication with SI Coordinator throughout the semester.
  • Sharing scores after each exam with the SI Coordinator for purposes of tracking SI outcomes.
  • Suggestions for new SI Leaders each semester.

Links for Faculty

SI Leaders are Resources

We hope you will view your SI Leader as a resource, for your teaching and your students. They are encourages to interact with students in class as much as possible when you feel it is appropriate for them to do so. Specifically SI Leaders are trained to:

  • Understand the process of learning.
  • Encourage interaction between you and your students.
  • Be peer mentors and role models for your students.
  • Help your students discover and apply new learning strategies.
  • Structure group activities so students will learn collaboratively.

SI Leaders are trained not to:

  • Give answers to students or do work for them.
  • Teach, grade, or give the impression that they can do these things.
  • Work on graded assignments unless you give them permission.

If you would like to discuss SI for your course, the role of the SI Leader, or have any questions regarding our program and services please contact:

Laurel Whisler
Academic Success Center
(864) 656-6214