job descriptions

UNIV 150 Peer Mentor

Title: Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentor
Position Offered: Student Assistant/College Work Study
Compensation: 10 Hours/Week @ $9.25/hr

Summary Description:

The Freshman Year Experience (FYE) program is a multidisciplinary two-semester lecture/seminar designed for first-time first-year students. One hour of weekly lecture and four hours of weekly seminar, discussion, and advising address a variety of topics that interconnect issues in contemporary society with personal identity and student life. The course builds critical thinking, reading, writing, oral communication skills, information literacy, and student development, while also serving as an introduction to academic disciplines and the General Education Program at Sonoma State University. It satisfies GE categories A3 and C3 and awards an additional 1 unit of general elective credit for a total of 9 units.

One of the signature points of the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program is the utilization of Peer Mentors who contribute to the retention of students through role modeling, advising, and providing peer contact/support during the academic year. As a member of the FYE team, the Peer Mentor makes a yearlong commitment. Peer Mentors must be available in late August and every week for training. The FYE Peer Mentor will work 10 hours per week.

FYE Peer Mentors must attend the weekly large group lecture held each Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. and 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.

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, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, socio-economic or political affiliations.


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 University 238 course (B or better).
  • Minimum cumulative and semester, GPA of 2.75 at time of application and must maintain 2.75 GPA throughout hiring and employment.

2. Preferred:
Prior experience as FYE student. Basic knowledge of computers, SSU e-mail, and other campus computer systems. One year successful performance in a prior ESAS leadership position.

How to Apply for this Position:

  1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning December 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 Leadership Class, University 238.
  4. Submit the application online by 4:30pm on Friday, January 31, 2014
  5. Sign up January 29 to February 5, 2014 on-line for group process and individual interviews.


Direct questions about the FYE Peer Mentor position to the following coordinator: Chiara Bacigalupa, FYE Coordinator,

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