AMP Instructor Expectations

The AMP Program supports the integration of undergraduate academic peer mentors (AMPs) into courses to work with instructors as part of a team, to promote student learning and engagement. Over the last year, the program has shifted from focusing mostly on preparing AMPs to support their peers, to focus more on AMP-instructor partnership, or recognizing AMPs as partners in the instructional process and helping to build relationships between instructors and AMPs. Instructors and AMPs are both part of the program; the program is designed to support the instructional team as a whole.

The following expectations have been developed to ensure a positive, collaborative, beneficial AMP-instructor partnership experience. The AMP Instructor ELMS space includes resources and guidance to help instructors think through and implement each of these expectations. Then, the AMP Program Coordinator will review and approve your submission and invite you to the AMP Program and instructor ELMS page

 

Recruitment & Selection: Instructors recruit prospective AMPs, select and invite AMPs to enroll, and communicate/negotiate expectations.Thus, before the start of the semester (as outlined in this process diagram), instructors are expected to:

  • Define AMP responsibilities and expectations. AMP responsibilities must include interactions with students as well as engaging with instructors as part of a team.

  • Submit “Action Plan” before the start of classes.

  • Recruit and meet with prospective AMPs. Invite AMPs to fill out the enrollment form after communicating responsibilities and how their performance will be assessed. Negotiate and adjust expectations with AMPs, if necessary.

  • Approve AMP enrollment forms.

 

Supervision & Mentorship: Instructors are responsible for supervising the activities of AMPs, establishing clear performance expectations, and providing constructive feedback. Thus, instructors are expected to:

  • Work with AMPs to determine intended learning/professional development outcomes and performance assessment measures.

  • Follow the TLTC333 schedule and structure conversations with AMPs based on what they are learning in the course.

  • Plan formalized check-ins and reflection opportunities.

  • Hold a mid-semester progress meeting with each individual AMP to discuss the AMP’s current progress and steps they can take to improve.

 

Collaboration & Feedback: The AMP program encourages collaboration between instructors and AMPs, between AMP instructors of different courses, and between instructors and TLTC staff. Thus, instructors are expected to:  

  • Host regular (weekly/biweekly) instructional team meetings with AMPs (and TAs or other instructional staff, if applicable) for the purposes of planning, reflection, and providing each other with feedback.

  • Attend AMP instructor community meetings, if schedule permits.

  • Follow announcements and updates from TLTC.

  • Provide program feedback by completing an end of semester survey.

 

If you have questions about the AMP Program, please contact tltc-amp@umd.edu!