Foundation Studies

Become a Peer Mentor for First-Year Seminars

Peer Mentors help facilitate UVC 1010: First-Year Seminar I (a.k.a. "Freshman Seminar") for new students at Wright State. Peer Mentors are highly trained juniors, seniors, and graduate students who serve as role models and sources of information for new students, and representatives of Wright State.

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Summary of Position

Peer Mentors are important paraprofessional staff members of Wright State University who assist faculty instructors in UVC 1010: First-Year Seminar I or similar courses for new students as part of the First-Year Seminar (FYS) Program. Peer Mentors are students who serve as role models, sources of information for new students, and representatives of Wright State. This position enables students to develop valuable skills in communication, leadership, organization, and creativity. The compensation for this position is $10.01 per hour, and students can expect to earn about $750 for their assistance and related duties during the fall term.

We expect to hire about 40 well-qualified students to serve as First-Year Seminar Peer Mentors in the fall. Training, resources, supervision, and mentoring will be provided. All Peer Mentors will be assigned to work with a faculty instructor, with the support of First-Year Programs staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher after Spring Semester 2018 (Strongly preferred 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA).
  2. Have earned at least 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit after Spring Semester 2018.
  3. Have been a Wright State student for at least two terms (Preferred: three semesters).
  4. Be in good standing with the Office of Residence Life and Housing and the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds.
  6. Have a real interest in assisting new students with their adjustment to college.
  7. Demonstrate skills in communication, leadership, and organization -- especially facilitating discussions (Preferred: prior experience in working with university groups/clubs, or teaching, coaching or serving as an Orientation Leader).
  8. Have a thorough knowledge or demonstrated the desire to learn about Wright State University.

Specific Duties

  1. Arrive for each required training session, staff meeting, and class on time and actively participate.
  2. Regularly meet with the faculty of your instructional team throughout the term. The day, time, duration, and format of this meeting will be determined by your faculty.
  3. Assist your assigned faculty in planning the course as requested.
  4. Assist your faculty in one section of First-Year Seminar which meets once a week.
  5. Complete and submit online Student Employment timecards on time.
  6. Check your Wright State email daily during the week and your Pilot Homepage weekly.
  7. Participate in an end-of-term evaluation of the Peer Mentor program with First-Year Programs.

Compensation

Peer Mentors will be paid $10.01 per hour for 3–5 hours per week:

  • one hour for assisting in the First-Year Seminar class once a week,
  • one half-hour for attending the Peer Mentor Supervision Seminar & Staff Meeting, and
  • up to but no more than three and one half-hours for out-of-class preparation, grading, leading co-curricular activities with the class, and completing all other class duties as specified by your instructor.

This limit of five hours paid per week can only be exceeded with prior approval from the CFYP. Therefore, most weeks a Peer Mentor would be paid for less than 5 hours of work. Peer Mentors will also be paid for training during the summer.

First-Year Seminar Peer Mentors agree to uphold the duties and responsibilities as outlined above. They understand that their section must achieve minimum enrollment (12 students) by early August, or it may be canceled and their position terminated immediately. A First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor’s position may also be terminated for failure to fulfill the duties herein, as well as any failure to comply with Wright State Student Employment rules, including minimum credit hour enrollment required as an undergraduate or graduate student.


Training, Meetings, and Class Time

Required Peer Mentor Training Sessions

  • Session I: Friday, May 4, 1–5 p.m.
  • Session II: Friday, August 3, 1–5 p.m.
  • Session III: Friday, August 17 or 24, 1–5 p.m.
  • Online Check-ins: Submitted no later than the second Friday after each training
  • Wrap up: Monday, December 10, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Staff Meetings

Attend and actively participate in a 30-minute, scheduled Peer Mentor Supervision Seminar and Staff Meeting weekly during fall term with a First-Year Programs staff member and a Senior Peer Mentor. Days and times for the weekly meeting will be determined during summer training sessions.

Class Time

Assist in one section of First-Year Seminar, which meets once a week. This includes assisting your faculty as they lead specific activities and discussions on various college success and adjustment topics, including diversity education, time management, connecting with a major, campus resources, and academic success.


Application Process

First, download the Peer Mentor Application Packet - Fall 2018 (PDF) or pick up an application form in 101 Student Success. Complete the form and write your statement of interest.

Well-qualified applicants will be invited to interview, beginning in January. The hiring decisions will take place in mid-March. Peer Mentors must complete paperwork required by Student Employment before Peer Mentor training.

Please email questions to kim.stephens@wright.edu.


Awards

Faculty, Staff, and Peer Mentors recognized for excellence in Wright State University Learning Communities.

2014

  • Alex Wenning, Holly Jackson Award for Outstanding Innovation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Amanda Spencer, Holly Jackson Award for Outstanding Innovation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Kari Simpson, Holly Jackson Award for Outstanding Innovation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Emily Simpson, Outstanding Innovation Award
  • Pascale Adabie, Outstanding Collaboration Award
  • Jasmine Hunsberger, Outstanding Collaboration Award
  • Doug Petkie, Outstanding Faculty Commitment to a First-Year Learning Community

2013

  • Amber Vlasnik, Holly Jackson Award for Outstanding Innovation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Melissa McCune, Holly Jackson Award for Outstanding Innovation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Kaytee McBride, Doug Saul Award for Excellence in Learning Community Instruction
  • Bethany Foureman, Outstanding Collaboration
  • Samantha Stewart, Doug Saul Award for Excellence in Learning Community Instruction
  • Kirsten Halling, Doug Sal Award for Excellence in Learning Community Instruction
  • Charene Thornton, Outstanding Innovation in Teaching

2012

  • Alyxis Camden, Outstanding Collaboration
  • Urmimala "Urmi" Chaudhuri, Outstanding Innovation
  • Karli Lightner, Doug Saul Award for Excellence in Learning Community Instruction
  • Ashley Marshall, Doug Saul Award for Excellence in Learning Community Instruction
  • Leah Miller, Outstanding Collaboration
  • Alex Oxner, Holly Jackson Award for Outstanding Innovation in Co-Curricular Activities
  • Penny Sobocinski, Outstanding Collaboration