College of Arts and Sciences

Discipline Mentor

Tutors and mentors must be available for an entire academic semester. Typically, those who have never tutored Chinese language formally are expected to be a volunteer tutor for at least one semester, obtain tutoring experience and understanding of how non-Chinese speakers learn Chinese, prior to applying to the discipline mentor position.

Discipline mentors are recruited from current volunteer tutors; at this time, we are not accepting applications for discipline mentor positions.

Job Description:

Discipline mentors meet with their students for two 75-minute sessions each week and spend an additional 30 minutes in preparation per week per student; working for a total of 3 hours each week per student; conduct sessions entirely in Chinese and offer language and content assistance to assigned students (around two); assist students in locating Chinese language articles related to their academic disciplines, discussing selected articles and practicing Chinese language vocabulary; maintain a weekly log of a student’s performance including pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary; and assist students with the creation of a spread sheet of discipline-related vocabulary terms.

The IU Chinese Flagship Center will provide an orientation for discipline mentors at the beginning of each semester.


Discipline mentors must:

  • be native Chinese speakers OR close to native level
  • be currently enrolled at IU–Bloomington as a graduate student (undergraduate seniors may also be considered) OR have completed at least a Master’s degree
  • have Chinese tutoring experience (at least one semester)
  • be committed to work for at least one semester
  • be punctual and maintain a relatively fixed schedule throughout the semester
  • hold sessions in an academic space
  • notify the Chinese Flagship Center if there is a change in the tutorial schedule or location, or when experiencing challenges with assigned students