Will you be a sophomore, junior, or senior IUPUC student during the fall 2014 semester? Would you like to help new, incoming students taking a first-year seminar (FYS) course be academically successful? Consider becoming a peer mentor! If selected, you will receive a $700 scholarship for the fall 2014 semester and be eligible to continue during the spring 2015 semester.
What is a Peer Mentor?
Serving as a peer mentor is a great leadership opportunity that will help you build lifelong skills, like effective communication, collaborative teamwork, group facilitation, and establishing positive relationships. If you become a mentor, you will collaborate with an instructor to co-teach a FYS course. Your participation is a good resume-builder that will help make you marketable among future employers.
Peer mentor positions require about three to five hours per week for the fall 2014 semester. There is also an opportunity to participate during the spring semester (pending availability of FYS sections).
If you are chosen to be a peer mentor, you will demonstrate the ability to:
- Serve as an appropriate role model for new students, both inside and outside the classroom. You maintain academic eligibility, make responsible decisions, and build professional relationships. In addition, you fully participate in class discussions and activities by attending scheduled classes, being prepared before classes begin, adhering to university policies, and maintaining a positive attitude.
- Be an approachable resource for students by being familiar with campus policies, events, activities, and services (making apropriate referrals when necessary). You support new students by helping them build good relationships with instructors. You are a good listener who is sensitive to the personal nature of what new students may share about themselves or challenges they are facing. You keep personal information strictly confidential.
- Facilitate learning for your students by building a community, contributing ideas for assignments and activities, and leading class discussions. You seek to create fun, engaging, and challenging learning environments, focusing on students as individuals by knowing their names and backgrounds. You are aware of and attentive to issues of diversity and multiculturalism within the seminar group.
Fall 2014 Applications
Applications for the fall 2014 semester are no longer being accepted (applications were due at 5 p.m. on February 28).
Here is the approximate timeline for selecting fall mentors:
- Week of March 3: Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they are selected for an interview
- Week of March 10: Interviews will be held
- March 17: Mentors selected for hire will be notified via e-mail
- April 4: E-mail notification of mentor matching with selected course
- April 16*: Meet and greet for instructors and peer mentors will be held at 4 p.m.
- May 16*: Spring training session
- August 13*: Fall training session
- August 22: Pride Friday
- August 25: First day of classes
NOTE: Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are tentative and subject to change.