For application details, please see PEEP Employment Application page.

Position Title: Embedded Peer Mentor

Hourly wage: $14.00/hour

Weekly hours: 15 on average, additional hours during training

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

The University Experience Program (UEP) promotes the success of all CI students through courses that:

  • Highlight the four (4) CI mission pillars (multicultural, international, interdisciplinary, and community engagement);
  • Scaffold the learning of critical thinking competencies and multiple literacies;
  • Focus on the transition to university studies;
  • Embed high-impact learning practices such as learning communities, undergraduate research, and interdisciplinary learning; and,
  • Employ faculty- and peer-support strategies.

The UEP pools institutional support and external resources to provide a collaborative platform to bring together high-impact learning experiences for students in the following courses: UNIV 150 First-Year Seminar, UNIV 198 Intro to Interdisciplinary Research, UNIV 250 Second-Year Seminar, and UNIV 350 Transfer-Year Seminar.

EPM Working Title Course Course Title Mentees Notes
University Experience Associate UNIV 150 First-Year Seminar Freshmen ·  UNIV 150 is linked to another GE course.

·  Some sections include students who are in First-Year Experience Living Learning Communities (LLCs), meaning that most of these students live in housing together.

Research Ambassador UNIV 198 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research Freshmen ·  UNIV 198 is part of the Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship or SURF Living Learning Community.

·  Students are enrolled in a block of courses and most live in housing together.

University Navigator UNIV 250 Second-Year Seminar Sophomores ·  Service learning and career and major exploration are the main focus of the UNIV 250 course.

·  EPMs supporting UNIV 250 will collaborate and cross-train with Career Development Services.

Transfer Experience Associate UNIV 350 Transfer-Year Seminar Transfers ·  UNIV 350 is an intensive, upper division GE, academic writing course.

·  EPMs supporting UNIV 350 will guide students in career exploration and academic readiness.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The role of Embedded Peer Mentors (EPMs) is to support the academic success of students enrolled in UNIV courses as well as their success in navigating university life outside of the classroom.  In this capacity, EPMs serve as: student leaders of the UEP, liaisons between their faculty partner and students in UEP Seminars, academic coaches and peer mentors, co-curricular learning community leads, and student support services specialists.

Each EPM will be assigned to support a UNIV course section and will co-facilitate student learning communities throughout an entire academic year.* EPMs are expected to hold regular peer advising meetings with students, organize and engage students in co-curricular activities and events, and refer students to support services as needed or schedule time with their faculty partner to have services integrated into course sessions. EPMs will regularly engage in leadership and professional development opportunities to facilitate the development of skills needed to be successful in supporting their faculty partner and students.

* University Experience Associates (UEAs) are embedded in a UNIV 150 section in the fall semester.  During the spring semester, they maintain regular contact with students from their fall class; continue to offer, organize, and facilitate small learning communities outside of the classroom (Dolphin Interest Groups, aka DIGs); and, work on instructionally-related projects.

MAJOR RESPOSNIBILITIES

EPM IN CLASS – Course Support:

  • Partner with faculty to support student learning and development;
  • Facilitate student success activities for one class session each week for 20-30 minutes;
  • Organize and potentially lead in-class workshops about student services on campus and learning resources;
  • Co-facilitate group work including reflections and activities;
  • Monitor students’ basic skills and make referrals to student support services;
  • Provide regular peer advising and mentoring to assigned students; and,
  • Participate in course assessment and project evaluation of EPM-facilitated activities.

 EPM OUT OF CLASS/IN OFFICE:

  • Organize and facilitate regular meetings with UNIV students in smaller learning communities called Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) throughout the academic year;
    • The purpose of DIGs is to engage UNIV students in co-curricular activities, keeping them informed of campus life, providing referrals to on campus student support services, and delivering mentoring services. DIGs attend campus events together, serve as a study group, and a place to check in on how courses are going. Students develop strategies about getting the most of faculty office hours, share effective learning strategies, etc. Student attendance at DIGs is mandatory if the UNIV course is in session.
    • After the UNIV course is no longer in session, DIGs are voluntary for the mentees, but peer mentors are expected to remain in contact with their mentees and continue to lead DIGs.
  • Information flow of calendar events:
    • Organize and share information about campus and community events with students;
  • Act as a liaison between students and the UEP;
  • Collaborate and cross-train with Housing and Residential Education professional staff and Residential Advisors (for those EPMs supporting a course that is part of a Living Learning Community);
  • Collaborate and cross-train with Career Development Services (for those EPMs supporting a UNIV 250 course);
  • Monitor academic progress of students;
  • Identify appropriate academic referrals for academic success;
  • Advise and mentor students during office hours;
  • Utilize office hours for class preparation and organization of DIG activities;
  • Track student participation;
  • Leadership development training for next wave of EPMs;
  • Assist with all UEP and Student Academic Success and Equity Initiative events;
  • Prepare presentations, present at, and attend local/regional/national conferences;
  • Meet regularly with UEP staff and assigned UNIV faculty partner; and,
  • Respond to EPM email.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work with students in person, over the phone, and virtually.
  • Creativity and willingness to take the initiative.
  • Ability to multi-task and make efficient use of time.
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions on your own.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to contribute to a team-oriented environment.
  • Basic computer and software knowledge including experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Service-oriented.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
  • Completion of UNIV 399 Peer-To-Peer Effectiveness Seminar is a plus.
  • To support UNIV 350 Transfer Year Seminar as a Transfer Experience Associate, transfer experience is preferred.
  • To support UNIV 198 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research as a Research Ambassador, student research experience is preferred.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a currently enrolled CI Student.
  • Maintain minimum 3.0 GPA. If you do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, please provide an explanation in your cover letter included with your application.
  • Have the disposition and communication skills necessary to meet or exceed the position qualifications above.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Classification

The EPM position is classified as an Instructional Student Assistant and is union represented. For more information, visit: http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/Inst_Student_Assistant.pdf.

Other Notes: 

  • Orientation and Spring/Summer 2020 Training: Up to 40 hours, participation is required.
  • Fall 2020 Training: Up to 40 hours, participation is required.