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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 @ $8/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..

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.

Work Schedule:

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

How to Apply for this Position:

1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning November 1st, 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 Stretch Peer Mentor position should be addressed to the following coordinator:

Nolan Pfyl, Freshman Learning Communities Graduate Assistant
Academic Affairs

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