Academic Peer Mentor
Academic Peer Mentor (APM) | This is a part-time paraprofessional staff member in the Office of Residence Life who works with an assigned group of students within a residence hall. The APM works closely with other APMs on a small team and is directly responsible to the Graduate Coordinator for Academic Support and the Assistant Director for Academic Support and Assessment. The APM keeps the supervisors informed of the academic problems and needs of the residents in their assigned community. The APM provides individual mentoring and hall-wide programming to promote academic success. The APM helps students with understanding a syllabus, understanding Canvas, time management, study skills, test-taking skills, organization, note-taking, course registration, library research skills, in addition to other academic skills.
APM Job Duties
In-Hall Presence and Programming:
- Visit all opening floor meetings to discuss the role of the Academic Peer Mentor
- Compose letter to residents introducing the APM role. Send biweekly email newsletter with study tips, academic deadlines, etc.
- Establish a social media presence and post at least twice per week
- Create and post academic resources on bulletin boards in the hall, once per month
- Maintain 8-10 hours of dedicated evening office hours per week (Sunday-Thursday between 6-10:00PM, scheduled amongst team of APMs) to provide academic assistance to students in the hall. Examples include help with time management, study skills, organization, test-taking skills, study group strategies, understanding a syllabus, using Canvas, etc., overseeing Study Table hours in the hall, and facilitating in-hall study groups.
- Plan at least one program per month that provide students with information about campus resources, opportunities to connect to faculty in an informal atmosphere, and assistance with overcoming daily challenges in the course of their personal and academic development
- Work collaboratively with Hall Staff and Residential Faculty Mentor Program (if applicable)
- Serve as an “early alert” agent with student academic concerns
- Meet with students identified as struggling academically one-on-one, per referral from Hall Staff
- Assist residents with academic resources and referrals on an informal “as needed” basis
- Maintain and submit a contact log of residents
Training and Meetings
- Attend Academic Peer Mentor training program in August (before the academic year begins)
- Attend scheduled meetings with Assistant Director, Graduate Coordinator, in-hall staff, andfaculty/staff partner(s) as required
- Attend hall staff meeting on biweekly basis (Wednesday, 7:30-9:00PM)
- Attend Academic Peer Mentor meetings on biweekly basis (Wednesday, 8:15- 10:00PM)
- Regularly attend residence hall events and initiatives
- Assist with Academic Peer Mentor recruitment by nominating residents and conductinginformation sessions and interviews
There are many steps to the application process. To help you better understand the timeline, please review the schedule below:
||Now - January 1, Interested applicants should click to Apply Now so they are added to the Interest Pool. This starts your application process.
|Step 2||Starting January 2, the official application opens and interested applicants should fill it out.
|Step 3||Emails will be sent to candidates about how to schedule an interview.|
|Step 4||Interviews will be held.|
|Step 5||Notification letters will be sent to selected candidates.