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Peer Advisor Job Description

 2020-2021 Peer Advisor Application

Students who complete the LEAP Seminar (fall and spring semesters) are eligible to apply for the position of LEAP Peer Advisor.  As a Peer Advisor (PA), you will be assigned to one freshman seminar. Peer Advisor placements generally include both the fall and spring semesters, but a few positions only include one semester.

Peer Advisors receive a $1100 stipend per semester, fall and spring semesters of the 2020-2021 academic year, and are expected to serve ten hours/week.

The following requirements are non-negotiable responsibilities for both fall and spring semesters.
You should not apply if you are unable to fulfill any of them.

  • Attending the New PA meeting on April 20, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Sill Center Large Conference Room
  • Completion of LEAP 2002, a training class that you will complete largely in the summer, online, and partly during the fall semester during the regularly scheduled PA meetings (this course may be taken for one credit hour in the spring semester)
  • Attending the LEAP PA training workshop August 19-21, 2020 [part of LEAP 2002]
  • Attending your seminar class every time it meets
  • Attending three PA meetings a month, held on Mondays from 4:00-5:00 PM 
  • Meeting regularly with your instructor
  • Accepting and fulfilling a specific LEAP PA Project Management assignment

Additional responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Announcing campus activities and events in class
  • Helping LEAP students with their transition to the University
  • Being available to LEAP students in Office Hours each week
  • Organizing and leading study groups
  • Assisting the professor in workshops and discussions
  • Reading and commenting on student papers, and perhaps presenting class material
  • Assisting LEAP students in learning how to use the databases for library assignments
  • Assisting in planning LEAP projects and activities
  • Participating in LEAP projects and activities outside of class

  • Student with a 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Full time student (12 credit hours or more) who will be at least a sophomore by the fall of the year the student will serve as Peer Advisor
  • Strong writer
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Student willing to network with college faculty and advisors
  • Student who has demonstrated willingness to participate in class discussions and ability to facilitate group work
  • Student able to model good student behavior [regular class attendance, being on time, staying for the entire class period, respect for professor and other students]
  • Student whose other employment and extracurricular responsibilitieswill not prevent him/her from devoting a full 10 hours/week to being a Peer Advisor
  • Responsible student who has shown him/herself able to meet commitments and deadlines
  • Student who can reasonably commit to being a PA for the entire year

 A LEAP Peer Advisor must be full-time student (enrolled for at least 12 credits each semester) during their period of employment. 
Renewal for Spring Semester is dependent on satisfactory performance during Fall Semester.

Students can obtain more information from:

Dr. Jennifer Seagrave
LEAP Peer Advisor Coordinator
158 Sill Center
Phone: 801-599-3569
Email: j.seagrave@utah.edu

 Peer Advisor Handbook

Last Updated: 11/19/20