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Students who have completed a full year (both semesters) as a Peer Advisor are qualified to apply for the position of Senior Peer Advisor for the 2019-2020 academic year.  As Senior Peer Advisor, you will be assigned to one freshman seminar and will work with that class for both semesters. Working with a second Senior Peer Advisor, you will also assume the leadership position for the Peer Advisor cohort.

Senior Peer Advisors receive $1250/ semester, fall and spring semesters of the 2019-20 academic year, and are expected to serve a minimum of ten hours/week.

Mandatory Senior Peer Advisor commitments include:

  • Participation in a leadership capacity in LEAP 2002, the summer online training class
  • Conducting part of the LEAP PA training workshop [part of LEAP 2002] on Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th, 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Attending your seminar class every time it meets
  • Attending four PA meetings a month, at 12:15 p.m. for approximately one hour
  • Working with the other Senior PA to set the agenda for all meetings
  • Working with the other Senior PA to teach the PA cohort how to be better PA’s during Tuesday meetings
  • Meeting regularly with your instructor
  • Meeting regularly with Dr. Ownby
  • With the other Senior PA, serving as LEAP SAC Co-Chairmen

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

Senior Peer Advisor responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Helping LEAP students with their transition to the University
  • Being available to LEAP students outside the classroom setting
  • Organizing and leading study groups
  • Assisting the professor in workshops and discussions, reading and commenting on student papers in draft stage, 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

Additional responsibilities as Senior Peer Advisor include:

  • Conducting the meetings
  • Arranging for occasional outside speakers at the bi-monthly speakers
  • Using the first meeting of Spring Semester as a mini-workshop to rejuvenate the PA’s
  • Finding ways to strengthen the sense of community in the Peer Advisor cohort
  • Being in charge of the opening and closing LEAP picnics, making sure to involve the entire PA cohort in the planning
  • Attending LeaderShape
  • Serving as an ambassador for LEAP

The kinds of criteria that the selection committee will consider include:

  • Student able to work with the other Senior PA to create an energetic atmosphere in the PA meetings
  • Student with a sense of creativity
  • Student with a vision of how you can specifically make the LEAP experience better for both Peer Advisors and students
  • Student with a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Full time student who will be at least a junior by the fall of the year s/he serves as Senior Peer Advisor
  • Student who served as a successful Peer Advisor (for example, successfully carried out committee assignments)
  • Student who’s other employment and extracurricular responsibilities will not prevent him/her from devoting a full 10 hours/week to being a Senior Peer Advisor.  However, remember that your weekly load will likely be higher than 10 hours.
  • Student who can reasonably commit to being Senior PA for the entire academic year

LEAP Senior Peer Advisors must be full-time students (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.

Peer Advisors may obtain more information from

Carolan Ownby,

Associate Director, LEAP Program

156 Sill Center

801 581-3447

Last Updated: 1/28/19