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Peer Leaders

A Peer Leader is a student who uses their positive attitude, exemplary academic work, interpersonal skills, and personal experience to assist first-year students in their transition to university life. Peer Leaders are paired with an instructor to teach MAVS 1000, a seminar course that educates students on academic and personal skills, as well as engagement beyond the classroom.

WHAT DOES A PEER LEADER DO?

  • Assist with class activities and teaching with lead instructor.
  • Help students by serving as a resource and answering their questions.  
  • Develop a positive relationship with students.
  • Share a love for UT Arlington and encourage campus involvement.

What are the benefits of becoming a Peer Leader?

  • $500 scholarship (to be applied to the your student account at the conclusion of the semester)
  • Make a difference in the lives of first-year students
  • Experiencing lesson planning and leading classroom activities and discussions
  • Meet other leaders on campus, collaborating ideas and sharing resources

Serving as a mentor, the MAVS 1000 Peer Leader plays a crucial role in the success of our first year students.  Peer Leaders are expected to adhere to the following job responsibilities and expectations:

Training and Development, Communication with MAVS 1000 Staff

  • Attend required trainings prior to the start of the semester. 
  • Attend required meetings throughout the semester.
  • Read and respond to all email communications from MAVS 1000 staff in a timely manner.
  • Meet administrative deadlines, and follow all established policies and procedures.
  • Notify MAVS 1000 staff immediately should you have any problems or concerns with a student, Instructor, or the course.

Instructor/Peer Leader Relationship

  • Attend a weekly, in person, meeting with the assigned Instructor outside of class time for class preparation.
  • Arrive on time for all scheduled meetings with Instructor.
  • Effectively resolve conflicts and challenges with the Instructor should they arise.
  • Communicate with your Instructor on a regular basis in a timely and professional manner.

Classroom Expectations

  • Arrive to all class sessions on time and facilitate/present class material and activities. 
  • Create a classroom environment that is welcoming, energetic, and fun by providing challenging and reflective discussions and activities, and utilizing engaging classroom pedagogy.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries in the classroom. In class discussions and activities must remain professional and appropriate at all times.
  • Wearing collegiate attire other than UT Arlington is discouraged.  (We are building pride for UTA, thus wearing an A&M or UT Shirt to class each week is counterproductive to that goal.)

Student Interactions

  • Serve as an advocate for the MAVS 1000 course. 
  • Establish a positive relationship with students and serve as a mentor.
  • Be available for students inside and outside of the classroom.

Academic Expectations and Scholarship

  • Peer Leaders are awarded a $500 academic scholarship.  The scholarship will be posted to the student’s MyMav account in late November, and will pay for any outstanding or past due balances on the student’s account.  If there are no past due balances, you will receive a refund check in the amount of the scholarship. 
  • Peer Leaders are expected to maintain full time enrollment throughout the semester in which they are serving in the Peer Leader role.  If at any time the Peer Leader is considering dropping below full time enrollment, please notify Molly Albart immediately.

Position Expectations cont'd

  • Have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of application, and maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the semester serving as a Peer Leader.
  • Remain in good standing academically as well as with Student Conduct. 
  • Necessary, personal characteristics for this position include: knowledge of UTA resources, connectedness to and involvement on campus, maturity, approachability, ability to lead, ability to maintain confidentiality, dependability, flexibility, appreciation of diversity, and great communication skills.

Application Information

Applications for new fall 2017 Peer Leaders will be accepted from February 20th, 2017 through March 10th, 2017.  Interested applicants should complete the online application.  To access the application, click Here.  

Students with questions about the Peer Leader position or application process should email fye@uta.edu.
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