Mentor Position Description
Peer Mentors will be required to:
- Serve as a role model of positive behavior, representing MSU with pride and respect
- Serve as an advocate for the interests, needs, and rights of first-year students
- Help students adjust and become academically successful
- Serve as a mentor for academic, co-curricular, and leadership involvement
- Assist in planning of syllabus, course content, and class logistics
- Assist in facilitating class discussions
- Serve as a liaison for student feedback to instructor
- Meet with teaching team partner outside of class regularly for class preparation
- Attend all class meetings of their assigned INT 299 class
- Maintain confidentiality of students and maintain appropriate relationships
- Read the required common reading for the assigned learning community and be ready to co-facilitate an intellectual conversation highlighting the key themes of the required summer reading
Job Expectations and Requirements
- Necessary personal characteristics for this position include: knowledge of campus resources, connectedness to and involvement on campus, appreciation of diversity, maturity, approachability, dependability, flexibility, good communication skills, willingness and ability to model appropriate behavior, maintain confidentiality, and mentor first-year students.
- Sophomore standing or above for the semester he/she intends to serve as a peer mentor.
- Interest in working as a teaching-team member with an INT 299 instructor.
- Academic success at MSU measured by a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Sensitivity to and interest in issues of diversity
- Willingness to learn technology skills
- Enthusiasm for the university, its students, faculty, staff, academic and co-curricular life
- Commitment to encourage students to achieve MSU goals and ideals
- Completion of a Peer Mentor Training Workshop.
- Once peer leaders have paired with an INT 299 instructor, they will attend a team-building workshop with their assigned instruction team.
Peer Mentors Receive the Following Benefits:
- Hourly wage
- Knowledge, experience, and self-confidence
- Opportunity to build close friendships with other bright and supportive students
- Experience in classroom teaching
- Sense of accomplishment while performing a valuable and respected community/university service
- Enhanced skills in interpersonal communication, mentoring, and student success
- References for future job applications
Mentors are trained to serve as a resource and help meet the unique needs of incoming first-year
students. Mentors provide programming on basic college skills including the following:
- Time management
- Effective study techniques
- Registering for classes
- Communicating with roommates
- Mentors also assist with academic and advising questions and work to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.
Want to apply to be a peer mentor?
Fill out the application thoroughly with completed essays, information, recommender information, and preferred group interview times.
Have your recommender complete the online recommendation form. Be sure to follow up with your recommender to ensure the recommendation form is submitted to us by the due date.
*Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until an application, recommendation form and unofficial transcript have been received.
For more information, contact:
Jessica Smestad, Tutoring & Mentoring Coordinator
Old Main 101; 701-858-4039