Hiram College

Hiram Leadership Application Process (LAP)

Hiram College has a variety of leadership positions for students who desire to make a difference on campus beyond the classroom and club memberships. Although students receive payment for LAP positions, the impact of their leadership can be seen in the classroom, the residence halls, and anywhere in between. However, leadership is not only being in a position of authority and having a title. Leadership is knowing also how to follow, how to work with a team, how to support others, and much more; being a leader is a responsibility.

The skills that you develop while in college will stay with you for a lifetime. Communication, decision making, and working with a team are just a few of the many skills that you will gain or sharpen by becoming a student leader. Employers find great value in employees with well developed problem solving, organizational, and planning skills. They also value character traits such as integrity, adaptability, and determination. Our Leadership positions are designed to complement and enhance your academic experiences while developing you in each of these areas.

Leadership can mean many things but for those involved in the Leadership Application Process it means fulfilling a role that serves others with purpose, commitment, and accountability. We also believe true leadership is the ability to apply ethical decision making to achieve personal and organization goals. As a leader you will be an integral part of the effort to meet the needs of the Hiram community.

If you are interested in taking that next step to becoming a member of our leadership team, check the information below for available opportunities and the application deadlines.


Academic Resource Center at Hinsdale (ARCH) Tutor

ARCH Tutor – Stephanie Simpson, Coordinator of Academic Development, SimpsonSA@hiram.edu, x6185

International Peer Assistant

International Peer Assistant – Nicole Gatrell, Director of International Student Services, GatrellNR@hiram.edu, x5388

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leader – Heather Balas, BalasHM@hiram.edu, Director of Career Services x5132

Peer Career and Academic Assistant 

Peer Career & Academic Assistant (PC&AA) – Heather Balas, BalasHM@hiram.edu, Director of Career Services x5131

Resident Assistant

Resident Assistant – Kelly Johns Coordinator of Housing Operations, X6108 or any Residential Education Staff Member

Service Leader 

Service Leader – Sarah Smith, Community Service Coordinator,SmithS2@hiram.edu, x5420

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant – Dee West, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, WestDE@hiram.edu, x5237

Terrier Guide

 Terrier Guide – Kate Brown, Admission Counselor, BrownKC@hiram.edu or Melissa Santana, Admission Counselor, SantanaM@hiram.edu, x5973

Welcome Center Staff Member

Welcome Center Staff Member – Nikole Benjamin, Administrative Assistant, Campus Safety, BenjaminNL@hiram.edu, x5188


To complete an application for the LAP Process please do the following:

Timeline: Action Items: Additional Info:
Recommendation Forms DUE Friday, January 27th, 2017                                                                              Recommendation Forms One recommendation needs to come from an individual in the Hiram College Community.

Online Recommendation Forms must be submitted before 4 PM on January 27, 2017.

Online Applications DUE Friday, January 27th, 2017 Application Form You must attach your resume as a PDF in this application.

Applications are due online at 4pm Friday, January 27 and you will receive an email confirmation that you have filled out the form correctly.

Individual and Interactive Interviews –
Wednesday, February 1st – Friday, February 24th 2017
 You will be emailed a link to set up your individual interview Individual interviews will be conducted by the office you are applying to. Please see information above.
Decision Letters – Friday, March 3rd 2017 at noon  Decision Letters can be picked up from The Welcome Center during normal desk hours.  Please read your Decision Letter carefully; each position requires different actions to accept or deny the position.


Additional Information:

  • Minimum requirements for each position must be met in order for an applicant to continue in the process.  This includes being in good academic and judicial standing.  Please note that some positions have minimum GPA requirements.  Be sure to carefully read the job description for the position(s) for which you are applying. You must have this GPA at the time of appointment and at the positions “official” start date in the next academic year.
  • Successful candidates must attend mandatory monthly leadership development training/workshops from March through December 2017 excluding summer months and the kickoff meeting in March 2017, date to be determined.
  • Resident Assistants may not serve as Teaching Assistant without approval from supervisors. International Peer Assistants may not serve as Resident Assistants and Teaching Assistants.
    • To Be An RA informational session will be held Dec. 13, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall.
  • All applicants can only apply to and preference for FOUR positions. Carefully choose positions that match your strengths and skills.  Many of these positions will take dedicated time out of your schedules, therefore please take this into account before applying.
  • Do not submit your application until you know the names of your 2 recommenders. You should ensure that your recommenders know that you would like them to serve as a reference for the LAP positions and to which positions you are applying. Recommenders should be able to comment on your qualifications and strengths, as well as areas in which you may need to improve. You may want to provide them with a copy of the job description(s) and a copy of your resume so they can write an informed recommendation.
  • You will need to upload a resume with your online application. For resume assistance, you may utilize the services of the Career Center. Career Development is eager to help you write an effective resume to obtain a leadership position. Use one or more of the sources for resume help:
  • Resume Worksheet
  • Basic Resume Writing Guide
  • Resume ER – Tuesday Jan. 19 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Bistro
  • Resume Review hours in Career Development, Hinsdale 101 – Tuesday, Jan. 24 – 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 1  to 4 p.m.
  • Individual appointments in the Career center; call 330-569-5131 or e-mail careercenter@hiram.edu.