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Arts & Humanities Learning Community Peer Mentor

Title: Arts & Humanities Learning Community Peer Mentor
Department: Academic Affairs
Position Offered: Student Assistant
Compensation: 8 Hours/Week @ $8/hr

Summary Description:

During the 2014-15 academic year, the School of Arts and Humanities will offer nine different year-long Learning Communities for incoming freshmen. Each Learning Community will consist of 75-150 students and two to three faculty members. In addition, each community will have a different theme. Each semester students will:

  • Attend one large weekly lecture (60-120 students) on a theme/topic that meets the learning requirements for C3
  • Attend a weekly A3 seminar (20-25 students) linked to the lecture to practice critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills

Students who successfully complete the two-semester sequence will receive credit for GE areas A3 and C3.

Each Arts and Humanities learning community will have a different theme. Peer mentors will be assigned to each thematic learning community. They must attend the weekly large group lecture and also be available to serve as mentor for the discussion sections, which meet for two hours Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will be expected to participate during the seminars in discussions of the course readings. In addition, Peer Mentors will spend time meeting with students outside class to provide advising and peer contact/support during the academic year.

This is a two semester commitment, and Peer Mentors must be available in late August and every Friday afternoon from 1-3pm for training.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Foster Positive Relationships within the Classroom
Assist in creating a sense of community and trust within the classroom by modeling risk-taking and self-disclosure. Assist to provide a safe and confidential atmosphere in class and in individual relations with students.

2. Create Individual Bonds with Students
Meet with students on an individual basis to assist in the transition from high school to college. Encourage, promote, and participate with in- and out-of-class activities with students. Keep close contact with students via e-mail and in-person.

3. Introduce Students to Campus Resources
Provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus resources. Be knowledgeable about and encourage students to utilize campus academic support and other services. Share campus cultural knowledge with students.

4. Serve as a Role Model
Encourage appropriate academic and personal habits through positive role modeling. Encourage students to develop short-term goals for personal and academic achievements.

5. Promote an acceptance and understanding of differences
Promote an atmosphere that is conducive to creating an appreciation, understanding and acceptance of individual differences and lifestyles regardless of physical ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, etc.


1. Required:
Mature, self-motivated, quick learner, able to work with minimum supervision and in teams. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills needed. Extensive knowledge of the Sonoma State University campus and programs. Must be able to work with diverse populations. Satisfactory completion of the University 238 course (B or better). A similar course of parallel gateway leadership experience may be substituted for this requirement. Minimum cumulative, and semesterly, GPA of 2.5 at time of application and must maintain 2.5 GPA throughout hiring and employment.

Must also be available to attend Spring Pre-Service on April 25, 3-6pm.

2. Preferred: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Minimum of 2 semesters completed at SSU by Fall. Basic knowledge of computers, SSU e-mail, and other campus computer systems.

How to Apply for this Position:

1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning December 1, go to the same website to access and submit your online application.

2. Attend an Information Session. Dates are listed in the application packet.

3. Sign up for the Foundations of Leadership Class, UNIV 238.

4. Submit your online application no later than 4:30pm on January 31, 2014.

5. Sign up January 29 to February 5, 2014 on-line for group process and individual interviews.


Questions about the Arts & Humanities Peer Mentor position should be addressed to the following coordinator:

Nolan Pfyl, Freshman Learning Communities Graduate Assistant
Academic Affairs

sonoma state university, 1801 e.cotati ave rohnert park, ca 94928