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UNIV 102 Peer Mentor for Univ 102/English 100A (Stretch)

Title: Stretch Peer Mentor
Department: Academic Affairs
Position Offered: Student Assistant
Compensation: 8 Hours/Week @ $9.00/hr

Summary Description:

Students who score below a 147 on the English Placement Test (EPT) will take English 100A &100B, also known as a stretch course. The class curriculum provides supportive, instruction in the advanced academic literacy skills necessary for college-level work. Course content includes training in college-level analytical reading skills and expository writing, with particular emphasis on persuasive writing and research skills. Students who score into the stretch program and who are not part of MOSAIC, FIG, EOP, Hutchins, Univ 150, STEM or the Arts & Humanities learning community, will automatically be enrolled in a one-unit Univ 102 course in the fall semester that will be taught by their same English 100A instructor.

The Stretch Peer Mentors will participate as a member of a two-person team, whose purpose is to contribute to the retention of students by role modeling, advising, and providing peer contact/support during the academic year. As a member of the mentoring team Peer Mentors will build a relationship between the students, faculty members, and staff.

This is a one semester commitment (Fall only), 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.

6. Develop the whole student outside of the classroom.

Because you will only be in the classroom one to two hours per week, you will spend a significant amount of time providing out of class opportunities for your students by utilizing various campus opportunities (i.e. ASP programs, academic departments' lecture series).


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 17, 3-6pm.

2. Preferred:

p>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.

Work Schedule:

Class (Univ. 102) 1 hour
On-going training 2 hours
Meeting with faculty 1 hour
Informal and class follow-up with students (phone calls, lunch meetings, check-ins, advising, reading/grading class assignments) 2 hours
Taking class to on-campus events 2 hours
total 8 total hours per week

How to Apply for this Position:

1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning November 3rd 2014, go to the same website to access and submit your online application.

2. Attend an Information Session.
a) Student Academic Services Position Informational Sessions will be held on:

  1. October 28th at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room
  2. November 12th at 7 pm Student Center; Dry Creek Valley Room
  3. January 21st at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room

3. Sign up for the Leadership Class, UNIV 238.
b) 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.

4. Submit all pieces of the online application no later than 4:30 pm on January 30, 2015. (This includes the letter of recommendation)

5. 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 Stretch Peer Mentor position should be addressed to the following coordinator:
Makayla Guild, Freshman Learning Communities Assistant Coordinator

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