Are you a sophomore, junior, or senior who wants to help new, incoming IUPUC students taking a first-year seminar (FYS) course be successful? Consider becoming a peer mentor and, if selected, you will receive a $700 scholarship for the fall 2014 semester and be eligible to continue during the sprint 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 the FYS instructor and the peer mentor coordinator to learn and grow in your leadership potential. Your participation will enable you to gain these and other qualities that help make you very marketable among future employers. Your work is also a good resume-builder.
Peer mentor positions are paid and require about three to five hours of work per week from mid-August through mid-December. 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
The online application for peer mentor positions will be available on or before January 17, 2014. The approximate timeline for selecting the next round of peer mentors is as follows. NOTE: Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are tentative and subject to change.
- February 28: Applications are due at 5 p.m.
- Week of March 3: Applicants will be notified by phone 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
- March 28: E-mail notification of mentor matching with selected course
- April 9*: Meet and greet for instructors and peer mentors will be held at 4 p.m.
- April 25*: Spring training session
- August 16*: Fall training session
- August 25: First day of classes