Peer Leader Program
First Year Experience and Learning Communities coordinates programs and services that guide undergraduate students to graduation. Peer Leaders within First Year Experience and Learning Communities are upper-class students who provide academic support, mentor and facilitate learning community meetings throughout the year. All Peer Leaders who complete training receive the highest level of certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
Peer Leaders are responsible for providing academic support and leading LC meetings twice each week with content focused on the FYE target learning areas, planning and implementing social events for LC members, and providing individual and small group mentoring. Peer Leaders attend weekly meetings, have weekly office hours and develop lesson plans to meet the needs of their students. Peer leaders must have experience and the academic background needed to address the academic needs and interests of their students. An important role of Peer Leaders is collaborating with faculty, advisors, organizations, and others to give students a high quality LC experience that prepares them for subsequent academic accomplishments.
- Pays $9 hourly, CEAS applicants will work 5 hours each week; all other applicants must be available 8 hours each week (fewer than 24 hours of on-campus hourly employment across all positions)
- Maintain good academic standing (minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA)
- Hold sophomore or higher status by the start of Fall 2017
Benefits of being a Peer Leader:
- Enhance professional qualifications through on-going leadership training
- Build connections with incoming first-year students and serve as their learning coach and mentor
- Learn about and collaborate with other organizations on-campus
- Join a distinguished group of dynamic individuals
- Network with faculty and advisors on-campus
- Enhance your group facilitation and team leadership skills
- Completed Application
- Current Resume
- 2 Letters of Recommendation (due at time of interview)
Detailed Instructions for Submitting Letters of Recommendation:
- Download the Letter of Recommendation Form (Save form and re-open in PDF reader prior to completing the form)
- Students should solicit letters from individuals who have seen the student's academic, leadership and interpersonal skills
- Letter writers can submit their recommendation forms to applicants or they may submit their recommendations directly to First Year Experience and Learning Communities via email@example.com
- References can be faculty, staff, advisors, previous/current supervisors and/or Peer Leaders.
“As a Peer Leader I have learned to make many connections with some excellent resources on our campus, manage my time, and develop my leadership skills. There are some awesome advisors, professors, and organizations out there that I would have never had the opportunity to connect with without being a Peer Leader. This job has definitely improved my networking skills, knowledge of the campus, and communication skills.”- CEAS Peer Leader