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University of Northern Iowa

Phone: (319) 273-2467

Fax: (319) 273-5832


Peer Mentor Position Description

Student Success and Retention and the Office of Undergraduate Studies are currently accepting applications from undergraduate students interested in serving as course-embedded peer mentors for first-year only (FYO) and transfer-only sections of Liberal Arts Core classes offered during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Peer Mentor Duties

  • Enroll in UNIV 3186: First-Year Peer Mentoring, a 3 credit hour course that meets MWF 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
  • Attend their assigned FYO or transfer-only course each time it meets during the week.
  • Attend co-curricular activities with the class (i.e., lectures, performances, CAB events).
  • Hold regular office hours in Rod Library for students to assist students in meeting class requirements.
  • Work closely with the faculty person teaching their designated section, providing course-related support and assistance (such as group facilitation, meetings with students, taking course attendance).
  • Promote the value of a liberal arts education and the role of their assigned course within the Liberal Arts Core.
  • Lead brief classroom presentations on student success topics such as time management and study skills.
  • Attend peer mentor organizational meetings and workshops as required.
  • Participate in assessing the effectiveness of their assigned course.

Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student for the next academic year (2017-2018), with Categories 1A and 1B of the Liberal Arts Core (or equivalent) completed or in process.
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written, and listening).
  • Interest in and commitment to first-year student success.
  • Openness to learning about academic and student support services and university policies and procedures.
  • Availability to attend all class sessions of an assigned first-year course during the fall, or (in the case of those assigned to First-Year Cornerstone) for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Application Instructions

  • In order to be considered for the peer mentor position, applicants must complete and submit the full online application, available at
  • Applications received by 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2017 will receive full consideration.
  • UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity. We encourage applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


For more information, contact Jade Horning, Student Success Coordinator at