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2017 Peer Leading Applications will be open through October 31, 2016!

What’s the Point?

Peer Leaders (PL) are charged with the mission of guiding first year students to success. This year long commitment includes: New Student Orientation, Buff Branding, Transfer Student Orientations, and serving as part of the larger Student Engagement and Leadership Team. In supporting this mission, PL’s will purposefully help new students:
  • Connect with what motivates students – relationships and career information
  • Paint a clear picture of their education and career journey
  • Outline the skills necessary to be successful at college and in the workplace
  • Give a clear overview of the academic program, culture and expectations
  • Convey enthusiasm and spirit for the University
  • Provide supportive student success resources
  • Strengthen college success and self-management skills
  • Build relationships with faculty and students in program group

What would you do?

Position Description
Peer Leaders are an integral component of the WTAMU team. They serve as academic and social role models for new and Peer Leaders (PL) are charged with the mission of guiding first year students to success. This year long commitment includes: Weekly training meetings during the Spring semester, New Student Orientation, Buff Branding, Transfer Student Orientations, and additional responsibilities as assigned. PEER LEADERS are an integral component of the WTAMU team. They serve as academic and social role models for new and prospective students, sharing their own successes and setbacks in developing study habits, taking advantage of campus resources, managing their time, and navigating the campus. PL’s work to develop good rapport with new students, and they are often the first member of the WTAMUl team to whom new and prospective students confide their fears and uncertainties. 

PL’s will obtain personal development and master skill sets from various areas not limited to the following: 
• Stronger communication skills, both verbal and nonverbal 
• Enhance leadership skills 
• Mentor incoming freshmen 
• Learn about their own strengths and how to use them for success 
• Develop team building skills 
• Enhance professional skills in dealing with parents, faculty, and staff 
• Display a proficiency in knowledge of the university and the resources provided 
• Learn and practice crisis management 
• Develop event-planning skills through coordinating and leading NSO sessions 

Qualifications

We select exceptional undergraduate students who give evidence of interpersonal and intellectual skills. Essential functions of this position include the ability to communicate effectively to large and small groups of people, relate to others, and exhibit appropriate dedication to academic and campus life. 

All applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while serving as a Peer Leader. 

Peer Leaders are required to serve for the following dates and activities: 
• Peer Leader Training:Weekly training meetings during the Spring 2017 semester 
-Includes attendance at the NODA Regional Conference 
• New Student Orientations: (Tentative) June 8-9, June 15-16, June 22-23, June 29-30, July 6-7, July 27-28, August 3-4 
◦ Reserve Wednesday evenings prior to NSO as part of group meetings and team buildings 
• Buff Branding: August 24-27 
• TSOs: April 7, May 19, November 3, January 2018 
• Additional responsibilities as assigned 

 

What is the Application and Selection Process?

To apply for this position, you must apply for the position through Career Services’ Buff Jobs. IN ADDITION, you must bring your resume and Cover Letter/Letter of Interest to the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership by 5:00 on October 31, 2016. 

All applications without a resume by this time will not be considered for the position. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applications not submitted by the application deadline will not be considered for selection, and the applicant is not eligible to participate in the interview process.

 

Additional information will be sent to your WT email after your application has been submitted. Once an application is complete, an email will be sent regarding more specific information (i.e., where and when to sign up for an interview). 

For more information contact Myles Smith in the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (JBK 103), 806-651-2313 or msmith@wtamu.edu.