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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 Cornerstone and first-year only (FYO) sections of Liberal Arts Core classes offered during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students who are selected as peer mentors will enroll in UNIV 1086: Studies in Peer Education and have the opportunity to earn two credit hours per semester. The course provides peer mentors with the training, reflective readings, and support necessary to succeed in the position. Peer mentors will be assigned to one Cornerstone or FYO section and work approximately 6 hours per week in addition to attending UNIV 1086. First-Year Cornerstone peer mentors will be assigned to the same course section for the fall and spring semesters.

NOTE: This is an unpaid position.

Peer Mentor Duties

  • Enroll in UNIV 1086: Studies in Peer Education, a 2 credit hour course.
  • Attend assigned Cornerstone or FYO course each time it meets during the week.
  • Lead brief classroom presentations on student success topics such as time management and study skills.
  • Hold one office hour per week in The Learning Center at Rod Library. 
  • 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).
  • Attend co-curricular activities with the class (e.g., lectures, performances, CAB events).
  • Promote the value of a liberal arts education and the role of their assigned course within the Liberal Arts Core.
  • Participate in assessing the effectiveness of their assigned course.

Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student for the next academic year (2020-2021), 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 (and spring for Cornerstone).
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5.


The Office of Student Success and Retention is still accepting applicants for fall 2020 on a rolling basis. Please contact Katie Milne, Assistant Director for Student Success and Retention ( directly for information about the position and selection process.  

Questions? Email Katie Milne, Assistant Director for Student Success and Retention -