Academic Peer Advisor Job Description for 2017-2018

The Deans' Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Academic Peer Advisors for the 2017-2018 academic year. Academic Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan's faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. Academic Peer Advisors will receive training, give individualized peer advice and facilitate workshops for groups of students regarding metacognitive learning strategies, time management, public speaking, study and exam preparation strategies.


  • Support new students with schedule planning and preparation via email during summer pre-registration. Meet with students and help them prepare for faculty advisor meetings during New Student Orientation and provide basic support for other orientation activities, including assisting with Arrival Day move in.
  • Act as an informed resource for all students regarding matters related to registration, WesMaps, major declaration, and schedule planning during registration periods (July, November and April).
  • Act as a referral source throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan's faculty pre-major and major advising program and enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resources by providing 1:1 support for students and working with RAs in the residence halls to provide programming for residents.
  • Guide students in accessing the many academic resources available at Wesleyan, and provide referrals.
  • Prepare and facilitate individual sessions and workshops focusing on metacognitive learning strategies, time management, public speaking, studying and exam preparation strategies.
  • Give individual and online peer advice on effective time management, studying and exam preparation.
  • Attend a meet & greet with NSO orientation interns in April to coordinate efforts over the summer
  • Attend training in May to learn about all aspects of the position as well as posting to, monitoring of and responding to email from incoming students and preparing posts to the Peer Advisor blog.
  • Attend three day peer advising training prior to New Student Orientation (you may not commit to other responsibilities during this time without consulting your supervisor).
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of extended orientation programming through First Year Matters (FYM).
  • Attend bi-weekly group supervision meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • Administrative duties associated with the position include, but are not limited to, regular reporting of peer advising and facilitation sessions, advertisement of sessions, communication with faculty, Residential Life and Student Activities staff, regular monitoring of correspondence on the peer advisor listserv, and other basic administrative duties as they arise.

Key qualifications

  • Rising junior or senior (exceptional sophomores might be considered).
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Capacity for discretion, diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership, maturity and academic excellence.
  • Resourcefulness.
  • Deep knowledge of Wesleyan University including the academic support systems, registration processes and policies, and how to navigate academic departments.
  • Prior experience in a peer advising role such as a Resident Advisor, Peer Career Advisor, Orientation Leader, Teaching Assistant, or Writing Tutor is preferred.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.2/4.0, remain in good standing, and have a clear judicial history. (Please feel free to contact Dean Patey to discuss the specifics of this qualification.)

Terms and Benefits

  • Period of appointment: Beginning in spring 2016 attend meet & greet in April and training in May. Week long training in May will cover academic peer advisor responsibilities. From June through August responding to email and blogging; on campus for training, orientation and when classes are in session from August - May (unless December grad or studying off campus during the spring semester).
  • Hours per week: Flexible evening hours during academic year (up to 6 hrs per week), plus Orientation week hours, plus possible flexible hours for on-line peer advising to new students from June through August.
  • Compensation: Stipend, as well as room and board, for Spring/Summer training. $11/hour during the academic year.

Academic Peer Advisor Application

Application deadline for all materials is 5:00 pm on Monday, February 27, 2017.

For more information please contact:

Laura Patey
Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources