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Wednesday Update – March 14, 2018

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Researcher seeking Participants
You are invited to participate in a study being conducting to better understand students’ experiences related to the Education Library renovation project. Participants will be asked to meet with the researcher for a one-on-one interview about their experiences that will take no more than 60 minutes.

Your responses will inform future decisions about the Education Library. There are no perceived risks of your participating in this study. Every participant will receive a $10 gift certificate (up to 12 participants).

Participation is voluntary and has been approved by the University of Florida IRB 201800327. Any personally-identifiable information collected will not be shared and will remain confidential.
If you have questions about this study, your participation in it, or wish to participate, please contact Rachael Elrod at (352) 273-2627 or

The UF Human Subjects office can be reached at (352) 273-0433 for questions about research participation rights. Thank you for participating!

FREE TUTORING SUPPORT for Students Working on Papers or Graduate Applications
The University Writing Studio, in 302 Tigert Hall, offers free, one-on-one writing help to all UF students.  We work with undergrads and graduate students, from all fields of study, on documents from one-page memos up to dissertations.  Our experienced tutors are mostly grad students, but we’ve also got undergrad honors students who work mostly with undergraduate writers.   We can help with clarity, structure and style, as well as sentence-level patterns of error or weakness.   Although we don’t purely proofread papers — our goal is to help you become a better writer, rather than just to copy edit a specific paper — we will help you improve whatever document you bring in.

We are open from M-F 9:30 – 3:30 in 302 Tigert Hall, and M-R evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 in Library West.  You can schedule an appointment through our website:   Please bring a paper copy of your document to your appointment.  If you have any questions, please email the Director, Martin Simpson, at

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Employment & Internship Opportunities

Summer Day Camp Positions – seeking Education Students
I own a local day camp for kids that like to build stuff.  We teach STEAM concepts through play-based learning.  We are looking for energetic people who are passionate about teaching kids through project based and hands on learning.  We are currently hiring staff for our summer camp program, and would love to hire College of Education students for summer employment. Here is the link to our Jobs Page.

Reitz Union – Now Hiring
For a complete list of positions and to apply, please click here.

Healthy Learning Academy – After School Counselor position
Position available for immediate hire.  Looking for an organized and dependable person to work at the After School Program for Healthy Learning Academy, an elementary charter school in Jonesville, FL (20 min from the University of Florida on Newberry Rd).  Duties: Supervising children, homework tutoring, distributing snack, and helping with arts and crafts, outside games, cooking, and other projects for the children.  Hours: Monday-Friday 1:45 – 6pm, *Wednesdays 12-6pm.  Pay: $10 per hour

*Background in childcare experience preferred.
*Professional and appropriate demeanor while talking to parents, children, staff
*Must love children and have excellent classroom management skills.
*As our school philosophy revolves around incorporating health, fitness and nutrition into our daily curriculum, it would be helpful if applicants truly embraced this lifestyle.

If interested, please e-mail your resume along with a brief description about yourself.  *Please do not apply unless you meet all requirements, are planning to stay in the Gainesville area and are willing to be fingerprinted.
*Summer camp position also available

Summer Teaching Positions Available: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $550 and$700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2018 teaching positions. Weseek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible, hardworking, and have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature. We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute.

Harn Museum of Art – Summer 2018 — deadline for applications is Thursday, March 15
Have you ever wondered what is like to work in an art museum? Harn internships are offered with the goal of providing professional experience, growth opportunities and guidance from museum professionals. Interns have gone on to careers ranging from history to education at institutions such as the Guggenheim, Christie’s Auction House, and LACMA.
Summer internships are available in Education, Social Media and Web, Retail Management, Human Resources, Development and more! Interested candidates can find instructions, applications and project descriptions at Questions? Contact Paige Willis, Education Program Assistant, at 352.294.7062 or

Volunteer & Service Opportunities

Spring Carnival at Alachua Elementary School — Volunteers Needed
Alachua Elementary is hosting a Spring Carnival on April 5th from 5:00-7:00pm. We’re looking for volunteers to help organize, set up, and lead games/activities for the event.  If interested, please email Chloe Campbell at

Childcare & Tutoring

Two Tutor Positions
The Unity Family Community Center has two tutoring part-time positions open up in their afterschool program.  Tutors are needed Monday – Thursday from 2:30pm – 5:30pm from March 12 – June 1.  The tutors would work with the S.W.A.G. (Students Winning and Achieving Goals) Afterschool Program.  The tutors will be paid $13 an hour.  Prospective tutors will need to complete a background check through Meridian which is covered and set-up by the Unity Family Community Center.  There is an opportunity to work during their summer program.  Please send your resume’ to  If you have questions, please call  (352) 529-2030 or visit

Wanted: Part time nanny needed, Monday to Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm for a happy 2.5 year old girl in our home. We live near the Millhopper library. Looking for someone to begin in March until at least August. The ideal candidate would be great with kids and dogs, reliable, trustworthy, creative and punctual. Please email me at Thank you!

Wanted:  Parttime Nanny to help during spring and summer. Opportunity to start immediately during after-school hours and continue into the summer with flexible hours.

Bright, cheerful, independent thirteen-year-old with mild physical disability.  Uses wheelchair and walker . Flexible schedule. Duties include transportation to activities and providing structure to the day including homework help. Must have reliable transportation. Larger vehicle preferred but not required.

Perfect for college student taking summer classes.  If interested please email name, days/hours available, and contact number to

Reading Tutor Needed
I have a 9 years old daughter that has Special needs.  She is struggling with reading and I am looking for tutoring for her. My phone number is 352-286-6457 and email is

Study Abroad

Summer A 2018 Study Abroad Programs –Australia, New Zealand, and/or Fiji– Sustaining Humans and their Environments
Tourism, Recreation and Sports Management is offering three interdisciplinary study abroad programs with a focus on sustainability open to all majors: 
North Queensland, Australia – LEI 4955/LEI 6931 (6 credits) May 14th-June 10th, 2018. Field-based course including two research days on the Great Barrier Reef, live with an Australian farm family and study rural life, spend two nights in the Outback experiencing “life off the grid”, take part in a service learning project on an Aboriginal owned ranch, and finish the program exploring Sydney. 
New Zealand – LEI 4955/6931 (6 credits) May 15th -June 8th, 2018.  Field-based course with a focus on sustainability and natural resource management across the South and the North islands of New Zealand.  Learn about eco-tourism in Kaikoura and swim with dolphins, experience adventure tourism in Queenstown, learn about Maori culture, and visit Hobbiton and learn about movie related tourism  
Fiji – LEI 4955/6931 – (3 credits) June 10th-19th 2018.  Field-based course with three days working on an ecotourism project on Barefoot Island in the Yasawas, experience life in a traditional Fijian village, and visits to the Nadi craft markets. This program can be taken by itself for 3 credits or may be added to the North Queensland or New Zealand program for a total of 9 credits.
Find out more at our information session:  Wednesday February 28th Florida Gym 320 at 5pm.  
Contact Dr. Heather Gibson, for more information. Instagram @FloridaDownUnder; Twitter @FLDownUnder

UF in Ireland: Language and Education. This unique and informative 3 credit study abroad will take place from 27 April to 10 May this year. The study abroad is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Please email Maria Coady for more details.

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