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General Questions

Q: Can I complete my applications by hand or should I complete them on the computer and print them?

  • The Instructor, Residence Hall Supervisor and Resident Advisor applications require you to complete the entire application on a computer with Internet access in one sitting. The MSU Application must be completed on a computer and printed. Be sure to sign the MSU Application in both signature areas. The MSU application gets submitted to the Upward Bound office NOT Human Resources.

Q: My interview is scheduled in the Upward Bound Offices, I don't know where this is, can you tell me?

  • The Upward Bound Offices are in the Education Services Building. The address is 627 East Main Street; Morehead, KY 40351. Our office suite is on the first floor. Please wait in the lobby area and someone will bring you to the correct room for your interview.

Q: Can I apply for more than one position for the summer?

  • Yes. You may apply for as many positions as you would like as long as you meet the qualifications for each position. You may only be hired for residence hall or instructor positions. You can be both a Morning Core & Afternoon Elective Instructor if selected for both roles.

Q: What are the dates for the summer program?

  • Dates are different for each position. Please see questions in the appropriate section below for dates for each role.


Residence Hall Questions (RA & RS)

Q: What is the compensation for Residence Supervisor (RS)?

  • $4,500 before taxes. If in-person on-campus, all housing expenses, and food when students are on campus is included. In the event that we must operate online instead of face-to-face, compensation will be adjusted if fewer hours will be worked.

Q: What is the compensation for Resident Advisor (RA)?

  • $3,500 before taxes. If in-person on-campus, all housing expenses, and food when students are on campus is included. In the event that we must operate online instead of face-to-face, compensation will be adjusted if fewer hours will be worked.

Q: How often do residence hall staff get paid?

  • Summer residence hall staff will be paid four times bimonthly over the summer.

Q: What are the dates for Summer 2022?

  • RSs will work from May 16-July 1, 2022. RAs will work from May 23-July 1,2022. There will be a required orientation 4-6 weeks prior to the summer program. This date will be shared with successful applicants.

Q: What Upward Bound Resident Advisor positions are available to me?

  • All three RA positions (Classic, Math Science, or Bridge) will perform regular RA duties. Bridge RAs have the additional responsibility to supervisor and mentor first-year college students. Math Science RAs are required to have a Math or Science major.

Q: I want to apply to be a RS for the summer, but I won't have my degree until May. May I apply for this jobs?

  • Yes, we will need an updated transcript before you begin work, but you are able to apply for this job as long as you have completed your degree prior to the first day of work.

Q: What sort of training will I receive for this job (RA or RS)?

  • All summer staff will be present for a one day orientation 4-6 weeks prior to the Summer Academy. RS work and training will begin 2 weeks prior to student arrival. RA work/training will begin 1 week prior to student arrival. Training will take place during this time until students move-in.

Q: Am I guaranteed an interview if I apply to work for UB this summer?

  • No. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for a desired position may be interviewed. All applications are reviewed by an interview team, and interviews are conducted based on need. Submitting an application does not guarantee you an interview.

Q: If I have worked for UB previously will I be interviewed again this year?

  • Yes. All returning Residence Hall Staff are re-interviewed if being considered for a position. If you've worked for UB previously we will also evaluate your past performance and evaluations.

Q: Can I take summer classes while working as an RA/RS?

  • No. Due to the intensity of the Residence Hall Staff positions we do not allow staff to take summer classes. Your class grade would suffer and our students wouldn't get the attention they deserve.

Q: Can you take time off during the middle of the summer (to attend a wedding, family reunion, vacation, etc.)?

  • No. However, UB will make considerations in the event of severe illness, death in the family, extreme acts of god, etc. If you do miss for an emergency, your absence will be reflected on your paycheck.

Q: Can a RS teach a UB summer class?

  • No.

Q: Can I have visitors (boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, family, etc.) visit me on campus while I'm working or at UB events?

  • No.

Q: Do I have to go home over the weekend?

  • No. Residence hall staff are welcome to stay in their room from the time they move in until the announced move out date/time at the end of the summer. Remember, you are not allowed to have visitors in the residence halls at any time during the summer.

Q: Do I have to be a student at MSU to be a RA/RS?

  • No. Any college or university student that meets all the qualifications is eligible to work as a RA, and anyone that meets the qualifications for RS can work in that capacity.

Q: Do I have to drive a University car during the summer?

  • Maybe. If you have a good driving records and a valid drivers license you could be asked to drive a University car during the summer. This will not be a primary job responsibility, but you could be needed to drive very frequently.

Q: Do I have to pay for my own meals while on campus during the summer?

  • No. UB will provide meals for Residence Hall Staff during training week(s), and during the days students are here in the summer.

Q: Do I have to pay for my own meals when I travel with UB?

  • No. UB provides meal money or a meal voucher for food any time we travel. If you exceed the amount of the meal money or the meal voucher you will have to pay the difference.

Q: Do I have to pay for my own admission to venues that UB visits?

  • No. Anytime UB travels to a venue we pay for all students, staff, and chaperone admissions to that venue.

Q: Can family members (siblings, cousins, etc.) of current students apply to be an RA/RS?

  • Yes. With the understanding that all job responsibilities will be administered fairly.

Q: If I was an UB student at MSU when can I apply to be an RA?

  • Alumni of the UB Programs @ MSU must wait until the summer after their second year in college before applying to be an RA.

Q: I am currently employed by MSU as a student worker, do I still have to complete the MSU Application?

  • Yes.

Q: Can two people who are dating apply to be RA/RS during the same summer?

  • Yes. Both parties are welcome to apply, but we do not allow staff members to date throughout the summer. This may mean only one of you will be hired.

Q: Can I exercise or train regularly while working for UB?

  • Yes. We have many employees that focus on their health. There is time to run before students get up in the morning, and we often assign RAs to athletic Afternoon Elective classes upon request. Everyone will get quite a bit of exercise throughout the summer patrolling campus and Main Street.

Q: Which residence halls will UB be staying in this summer?

  • UB does not have control over which residence halls we use during the summer. We find out from Housing late in the spring semester which halls we will be utilizing.

Q: I have no experience working with adolescents, can I still apply to be an RA/RS?

  • Yes. You may not be as qualified as other applicants, but if you're interested, we encourage you to still apply.

Q: I am a college freshman, can I apply to be an RA?

  • Yes. We prefer to hire people after their second year in college, but we have hired a few mature freshmen in the past. If you're interested we encourage you to still apply.

Instructor Questions (Core, Electives, & Evenings)

Q: What is the compensation for Morning Core Instructor?

  • $2,200 before taxes for first time instructors & $2,400 for veteran instructors. In the event that we must operate online instead of face-to-face, compensation will be adjusted if fewer hours will be worked.

Q: What is the compensation for Afternoon Elective Instructor?

  • $2,200 for first time instructors & 2,400 for veteran instructors. In the event that we must operate online instead of face-to-face, compensation will be adjusted if fewer hours will be worked.

Q: What is the compensation for Tuesday Evening Instructor?

  • $37.50 per hour. Each session is 2 hours long and there are 4 sessions.

Q: How often do instructors get paid?

  • Instructors will be paid three times bimonthly.

Q: What are the dates for the Summer 2022?

  • Instructors will teach from June 6-July 1,2022 There will be a required orientation 4-6 weeks prior to the summer program. This date will be shared with successful applicants.

Q: Can someone teach both Morning Core & Afternoon Electives?

  • Yes, providing that you have the appropriate qualifications, and you are selected to do so.

Q: I want to apply to be an instructor for the summer, but I won't have my degree until May. May I apply for one of these jobs?

  • Yes, we will need an updated transcript before you begin work, but you are able to apply for this job as long as you have completed your degree prior to the first day of work.

Q: Do I have to have a teaching certificate to teach for UB?

  • No, the only qualifications a UB instructor must have is a bachelors degree and knowledge of the subject.

Q: If I have worked for UB previously will I be interviewed again this year?

  • Maybe. Instructors who have previously worked for UB are not re-interviewed unless teaching a new subject. If you've worked for UB previously we will also evaluate your past performance and evaluations.

Q: Am I guaranteed an interview if I apply to work for UB this summer?

  • No. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for a desired position may be interviewed. All applications are reviewed by an interview team, and interviews are conducted based on need. Submitting an application does not guarantee you an interview.

Q: Will I receive training for this job?

  • Yes! We have a staff training during the evening 4-6 weeks prior to the Summer Academy. We will discuss the summer program goals and paperwork. Instructors begin planning that day for objectives and materials needed. A handbook is provided, and Admin Staff are available from that point to the end of the summer to help you plan and the implement your class(es).

Q: Am I able to take time off during the summer?

  • No, but if you do miss for an emergency, your absence will be reflected on your paycheck.

Q: What responsibilities will I have outside of teaching?

  • You will be required to complete several items of online paperwork on a weekly basis. There are also several activities in the evening that you are not required to participate in but are invited to participate in and will learn more about these if you are hired.

Q: Are there faculty meetings during the summer?

  • Faculty meetings are held on an as needed basis, and you will know the date and time at least a week ahead of any scheduled meeting.

Q: Since students don't receive grades in Upward Bound, how are they evaluated?

  • Instructors complete paperwork throughout the summer that assess a student's progress, motivation, behavior, and attitude. Including having students complete a pre and post test.

Q: How do I get supplies for my class? Will I have a budget?

  • Yes! Instructors request supplies from the associate directors (before the summer program begins). Classes do have a budget and you will learn about this and much more at training.

Q: Do the students have homework?

  • Yes, we give the student approximately 15 minutes per Morning Core class each day (45 minutes total) to complete homework. When assigning homework take this into account so it can be completed on time without disruption from other activities.