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Peer Mentor for Science 120A/120B FYE

Department: Science and Technology
Position Offered: Student Assistant
Compensation: 10 Hours/Week @ $10/hr

Summary Description

Selected student will serve as a peer mentor for both the Fall Science 120A and the following Spring Science 120B courses. The peer mentorís responsibilities are multifaceted. It is their goal to serve as a liaison between faculty and students, develop and implement transitional element curriculum, actively model good student behavior, assist in efforts leading to long term retention of Science 120 cohort, and assist with logistics of large group and field research.

Science 120 freshman year experience is a yearlong freshman experience program based on an interdisciplinary approach to understanding science through the regional watershed area. The two semesters combined make up 12 academic units; satisfying 4 GE units of A3 (Critical Thinking), 3 GE units of B2 (Biology), 4 GE units of B4 (Pre-calculus), 1 GE unit of Lab. Science 120A is more content driven whereas Science 120B focuses on collaborations with community partners and project based learning. This course highlights departments and programs of Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, and Mathematics. .

Job Responsibilities

1. 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 campus activities with students. Keep close contact with students via e-mail and in-person

2. 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.

3. Serve as a Role Model

Encourage appropriate academic and personal habits through positive role modeling. Encourage students to develop short- and long-term goals for personal and academic achievements.

4. 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 race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

5. Understand SSU's role in the sustainability efforts of our regional watershed

Peer Mentors will complete the SSU Preserves Docent Training program. This consists of 5 Sundays of all day training at the Fairfield Osborne Preserve. Fairfield Osborne Preserves is uniquely situated at the head of Copeland Creek and an integral part of our research projects, reinforcing the regional context of the course. Student will be paid to complete the docent training.

6. Attend Weekly In-Service Staff Development Meetings

Peer Mentors are expected to be available every Friday from 1-3pm to attend weekly staff meetings/trainings.



1. 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 University 238 course (B or better) or equivalent leadership experience. Minimum cumulative and semesterly GPA of 2.75 at time of application and must maintain 2.75 GPA throughout hiring and employment. Must make a commitment to the program for 1 year. Minimum of 2 semesters completed as SSU by Fall.

2. May not be a peer mentor for another FYE program.

Must also be available to attend Spring Pre-Service on April 17, 3-6pm.


STEM major. Basic knowledge of computers, SSU e-mail and other campus systems.

How to Apply for this Position:

  1. Attend an Information Session.

    a) Student Academic Services Position Informational Sessions will be held on:

      • October 28th at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room
      • November 12th at 7 pm Student Center; Dry Creek Valley Room
      • January 21st at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room
  2. Sign up for the Leadership Class, UNIV 238.

    a) To receive priority access to UNIV 238 at the beginning of registration week beginning November 17th, you will need to complete the online application form and submit your essay. If these two requirements are completed by noon on Thursday, November 13th you will be guaranteed a priority seat in UNIV 238. If these two requirements are completed after noon on Thursday, November 13th, you will still be guaranteed a seat in UNIV 238, but you might have fewer choices in which section you will be able to take.

  3. Submit all pieces of the online application no later than 4:30 pm on January 30, 2015. (This includes the letter of recommendation)
  4. Sign up February 2nd-6th, 2015 on-line for individual interviews. Peer Mentor candidates are required to complete a comprehensive presentation during their individual interview.

    Questions about the Science 120/121 Peer Mentor position should be addressed to the following coordinator:

    Jeremy Qualls, Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy

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