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Health and Exercise Science LC Peer Mentor

Thank you for applying for a Peer Mentor (PM) position with the Office of Learning Communities for the 2017-2018 academic year. The LC Peer Mentor is a live in student staff member that provides learning community residents academic and social support through programs and/or class initiatives pertaining to specific learning communities.  These student leaders will create educational programs, foster relationships with faculty and staff, assist first-year students in transitioning to Syracuse University, and help students become connected with academic support services and/or university services.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be a matriculated, full-time student in an undergraduate degree program who will be a sophomore by Fall 2017
  • Should have a Fall 2016 minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have previously lived in Syracuse University Housing for at least one semester
  • Cannot be concurrently employed as a Resident Advisor or Orientation Leader due to positional responsibilities during first six weeks of the fall semester. Other campus leadership or academic role modeling positions are considered.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Will be required to live on the learning community floor or within the building, exceptions to this will be made on case by case basis pending the needs of the Learning Community

General Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Full academic year position (August 20, 2017-May 6, 2018)
  • Attend Peer Mentor  Spring Welcome Reception/meeting: April 20, 2017
  • Attend and participate in Fall Peer Mentor All day retreat: August 20, 2017
  • Attend and participate in an Fall NEW Peer Mentor training: August 21, 2017
  • Attend and participate in LCRA/PM lunch meet and greet: August 24, 2017
  • Serve as an academic and social role model
  • Assist with Fall 2017 Move in as a member of the Goon Squad
  • Attend LC Palooza (September 2017) & LC Palooza 2 (April 2018)
  • Attend 2 Peer Mentor only Staff Meetings per semester
  • Attend bi weekly 1:1 meetings with Office of Learning Communities staff (as needed)
  • Assist in the coordination of the Welcome Event and Opening Activity with the Learning Community Resident Advisor (LCRA)
  • Attend and participate in Spring Peer Mentor ½ day retreat/training: January 2017
  • Complete all Peer Mentor administrative tasks: interaction logs, timesheets, emails
  • Act as a representative of the Office of Learning Communities
  • Other duties as assigned

Specific LC Requirements & Responsibilities:

In addition to completing the above tasks the Learning Community Peer Mentor is expected to fulfill the additional duties and responsibilities for their individual Learning Community set forth by the LC team.

Overview of Position

The peer mentor will provide academic leadership for first year students in the Health and Exercise Science Learning Community. The peer mentor is a role model that supports and enhances student’s academic success and transition to the campus. The Health and Exercise Science Learning Community is a fall and spring program accommodating 20 first-year male and female students matriculated in the Health and Exercise Science major. This is a voluntary position with a primary goal of enhancing the learning community experience and connecting the peer mentor to first-year students to provide additional resources and opportunities within the Exercise Science major.


A double room in Dellplain Hall available to Peer Mentor at the double rate. Living on is optional.


  • Coordinate academic initiatives to assist the Learning Community and create academic programming.
  • Attend the Learning Community Officer Training sessions for Peer Mentors (fall & spring training sessions).
  • 2-4  hours per week (mostly evenings and weekends)
    • 1 hour review session 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 semester. (Other subjects are at the discretion of the Peer Mentor)
  • Attend group events (Welcome, Retreat, Educational, etc.)
  • Assist LC team in the development & planning of educational events:
    • Guest presenters (health and fitness professionals)
    • Tours (Upstate labs, IHP, HES labs)
    • Research presentations from faculty
  • Connect students to academic support services on campus (Academic and Student Services, Tutoring Services, etc.)
  • Coordinate team members e-mail list
  • Track prep time for review sessions, planning and time spent with LC
  • Attend a bi-weekly meeting with Learning Community team
  • Implement study groups and facilitate review sessions for PPE 295, BIO 121, BIO 123/124 and HEA 332.


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Class standing of sophomore, junior or senior and previously lived in a residence hall (former HES LC member preferred, but not required).
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the major and college
  • Experience living in a residence hall setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with others


  • Peer Mentors will have the opportunity to earn up to $400.00 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Peer Mentors will also be allowed to move in beginning August 18, 2017 at no extra charge.
  • Peer Mentors may earn 1 credit of PPE 290 (Independent Study) toward either the fall or spring semester, dependent upon student academic credit load.


  • Application Opens: Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017