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Health and Exercise Science LC Peer Mentor Position Description 2019-2020

The Office of Learning Communities has a Peer Mentor (PM) program designed to give students the opportunity to engage in a position that promotes academic success with first year Learning Community residents. Through this the PMs will support the Mission of the Office of Learning Communities by coordinating academic initiatives pertaining to their learning community.

Overall Peer Mentor Duties:

Academic Resource Education

  • Help students identify personal success goals and strategies
  • Assist students in navigating institution academic resources such as Orange Success, Degree Works, and Blackboard
  • Spend a minimum of one hour a week on the LC floor, checking in with students and offering academic support

Academic Programming

  • Facilitate the creation of and remain a resource for study groups
  • Plan and implement two academic programs or workshops a semester, one tailored around academic resources and one around preparing for academic advising appointments
  • Collaborate with other LC team members on programs and events as necessary

Academic Outreach and Support

  • Provide necessary referrals to campus academic support services
  • Support students in managing their academic difficulties

Training and Other Administrative duties

  • Adhere to SU and Residence Life policies
  • Participate in peer mentor training, staff meetings, and supervisor 1on1s
  • Greet students and parents on the LC floor as a part of the Fall move-in
  • Attend LC team meetings, welcome event, and the LC opening event
  • Assist with gathering feedback on the peer mentor program from students

Health and Exercise Science LC Specific Duties:

  • Host 1 hour review sessions per week with LC students for PPE 295 and BIO 121 in the fall semester and HEA 332 and BIO 123/124 in the spring
  • Implement study groups and facilitate review sessions for PPE 295, BIO 121, BIO 123/124 and HEA 332
  • Assist the LC team in planning and executing educational events including:
    • Guest presenters (health and fitness professionals)
    • Tours (Upstate labs, IHP, HES labs)
    • Research presentations from faculty
  • Coordinate team members e-mail list


  • Peer Mentors will have the opportunity to earn up to 50 hours at $11.80 hourly rate or $590.00 total for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Peer Mentors may earn one credit of PPE 290 (Independent Study) toward either the fall or spring semester, dependent upon student academic credit load

Peer Mentor Qualifications:

  • Be in good academic standing with the university: 3.0 semester GPA and 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Successful completion of PPE 295 (Introduction to Exercise Science), BIO 121, BIO 123/124 (General Biology I and II) and HEA 332 (Personal Health and Safety) with a grade of “B” or higher
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University
  • Be able to commit to the PM position from August 19, 2019-May 6, 2020
  • Be able to commit up to 4 hours a week to the PM position  
  • New PMs are highly encouraged to live in their LC buildings, however, it is not mandatory
  • Be invested in student learning through encouraging academic success, exchanging meaningful dialogue, and supporting personal growth
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and enjoy building relationships with students
  • Display strong organizational and time management skills
  • PMs are highly encouraged to live in their LC buildings, however, it is not mandatory. Preference will be given to candidates willing to live on the floor
  • Candidates who have related majors, taken LC courses, or lived in an LC previously will be given priority


  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 3, 2019