SAR Peer Advisor Job Description for 2015-2016
The Deans' Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Student Academic Resources (SAR) Peer Advisors for the 2015-2016 academic year. SAR Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan's faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources through SAR. Peer Advisors will receive training, give individualized peer advice and facilitate workshops for groups of students regarding time management, public speaking, study and exam preparation strategies. Some Peer Advisors work only for NSO while others work for NSO and during the academic year.
- Support new students with schedule planning and preparation via email during summer pre-registration. Meet with students and help them prepare for faculty advisor meetings during New Student Orientation and provide basic support for other orientation activities, including assisting with Arrival Day move in.
- Act as an informed resource for all students regarding matters related to registration, WesMaps, major declaration, and schedule planning during registration periods (July, November and April).
- Act as a referral source throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan's faculty pre-major and major advising program and enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resources by providing 1:1 support for students and working with RAs in the residence halls to provide programming for residents.
- Guide students in accessing the many academic resources available at Wesleyan, and provide referrals.
- Prepare and facilitate individual sessions and workshops focusing on metacognitive learning strategies, time management, public speaking, studying and exam preparation strategies.
- Give individual and online peer advice on effective time management, studying and exam preparation.
- Attend one two-hour training in April or May to learn about posting to, monitoring of and responding to email from incoming students and preparing posts to the Peer Advisor blog.
- Attend intensive one week peer advising training prior to and during New Student Orientation (you may not commit to other responsibilities during this time without consulting your supervisor).
- Participate in the planning and implementation of extended orientation programming through First Year Matters (FYM).
- Attend bi-weekly group supervision meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters.
- Administrative duties associated with the position include, but are not limited to, regular reporting of peer advising and facilitation sessions, advertisement of sessions, communication with faculty, Residential Life and Student Activities staff, regular monitoring of correspondence on the peer advisor listserv, and other basic administrative duties as they arise.
- Rising junior or senior (exceptional sophomores might be considered).
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff.
- Capacity for discretion, diplomacy and confidentiality.
- Demonstrated record of leadership, maturity and academic excellence.
- Deep knowledge of Wesleyan University including the academic support systems, registration processes and policies, and how to navigate academic departments.
- Prior experience in a peer advising role such as a Resident Advisor, Peer Career Advisor, Orientation Leader, Teaching Assistant, or Writing Tutor is preferred.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.2/4.0, remain in good standing, and have a clear judicial history. (Please feel free to contact Dean Backer to discuss the specifics of this qualification.)
Terms and Benefits
- Period of appointment: One welcome event in the late afternoon/early evening in April, one blog training session during April or May, responding to email and blogging from June - May; on campus for training, orientation and when classes are in session from August - May (unless December grad or studying off campus during the spring semester).
- Hours per week: Flexible evening hours during academic year (up to 6 hrs per week), plus Orientation week hours, plus possible flexible hours for on-line peer advising to new students from June through August.
- Compensation: $10/hour during the academic year, plus stipend, room and board for all training sessions held during and prior to Orientation week.
Full Year Peer Advisor Applicants
Click the following link to download the application materials: Peer Advisor Application. Applications consist of an application form, resume, and faculty recommendation. Please send your application form and resume via e-mail to Laura Patey, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or drop them off in North College 021. Applications must by typed.
New Student Orientation Peer Advisor Applicants
Follow the link for detailed job description for NSO Peer Advisor applicants.
Click the following link to download the application materials: NSO Peer Advisor Application. Applications consist of an application form, resume, and faculty recommendation. Please send your application form and resume via e-mail to Laura Patey, (email@example.com), or drop them off in North College 021. Applications must by typed.
Please share the information about the position for which you are applying to the faculty member submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The letter should address your potential to fulfill the duties of the position for which you are applying, your academic achievement, your level of involvement in campus life outside of academics, and your abilty to communicate with others.
Application deadline for all materials is Monday, April 6, 2015.
Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources