The application and selection process for Peer Mentors at Governors State University is designed to recruit and select the most qualified, motivated and energetic students at the university.
Peer Mentors will be integrated into the First-Year Seminar (FYS
1001) course and will be recognized leaders throughout the University
community. They will serve as group leaders, contacts between various
departments, peer educators and positive role models.
Students in this leadership
positions will be actively involved in assisting new students with their
transition to GSU, whether it is from high school, the work force, the military
or another institution of higher education.
Click here to access the Peer Mentor Application
Reference Form (must submit 3)
Application Packets must include:
- Cover Letter
- Application (see link above)
- 3 completed reference forms (see link above)
Please submit complete application packets to:
Academic Resource Center
New Student Programs
Attn: LaTonya Holmes
Qualifications for Peer Mentors
The role requirements between the
Peer Mentor and the FYE students may include assisting with study habits, time
management, organization skills, work/life balance, peer pressure, and
transitioning to college life. Peer Mentors should organize
study/discussion groups, on and off-campus activities, and emphasize university/community
resources and involvement.
In order to be considered for the position of Peer Mentor, applicants
- Understand and believe in the mission and goals of
Governors State University and the Peer Mentor program.
- Relate and interact well with students, faculty and
staff of Governors State University.
- Be a full-time student for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015,
have completed a minimum of one semester at GSU and must have and maintain
a cumulative average of 2.5.
- Have at least one year of recent successful and
demonstrated leadership experience (college or university related).
- Have college level written and oral communication
- Be a member of the Governors State University community
in good standing and not be on disciplinary or academic probation.
- Be, or demonstrate a desire to be, knowledgeable of
Governors State University, its history, resources and be able to speak to
groups of students.
- Be available to participate in training sessions and
perform all duties required for the position.
- Demonstrate excellent communication and problem solving
- Be willing to work collaboratively with their FYS 1001
faculty, cohort advisor and support teams.
Compensation for Peer Mentors
- Each FYS Peer Mentor will receive hourly compensation
not to exceed 25 hours per week in the fall and 15 hours per week in the
Spring semester. Students will be compensated for all required
Commitment for Peer Mentors
- Monday, July 28, 2014 through the end of Spring
semester, May 10, 2015.
- Participate in a training program prior to serving in
this role. Peer Mentors are also expected to support opening
activities and events for FC14 Welcome Week.
- Attend FYS 1001 twice a week (90 minutes each class
period) and actively participate in providing instruction and leadership
under the direction of the instructor of record. Each peer mentor
will be assigned a specific cohort.
- Meet outside of the classroom with their faculty
partner as needed. Peer Mentors will help their faculty partner
prepare classroom activities and course materials.
- Under the direction of the Cohort Advisor, sponsor
academic, educational and social programs designed to support the personal
and academic success of students in their FYS 1001 course. In
addition, FYS 1001 Peer mentors, individually or as a team, are expected
to coordinate educational and service programs consistent with FYS 1001
Learning Outcomes and Cohort theme.
- Interact with the students in their section outside of
the classroom in order to provide support as necessary.
for Peer Mentors
- Serve as a role model for new students entering GSU.
- Collaborate with and support the FYS faculty instructor
by meeting on a regular basis.
- Under the direction of faculty, actively participate in
all FYS 1001 class meetings.
- Contribute to the planning and facilitation of course
materials as needed.
- Create a plan for student contact outside of class
- Serve as “student success liaison” with Academic
Support Team assigned to your cohort which includes representatives from
the Library, Writing Center, Academic Resource Center, and others.
- Meet with students individually or in small groups to
provide personal and academic support.
- Lead students in class activities and/or help
coordinate out-of-class activities.
- Help promote and develop positive relationships between
new students, faculty, and staff.
- Educate new students about social, academic, and
personal skills to increase their chances for academic and personal
success at Governors State University.
- Attend August training session for Peer Mentors (July
28 – August 8, 2014).
- Attend all FYS 1001 Class sessions (two 90 minute
meetings per week for entire Fall 2014 semester).