An OzU Peer Advisors are paired based out of their faculties and work with a small group of first-year students and second-year student who have to take SEC 101 Course for the duration of the academic year. Peer Advisors advise students on course selection, study habits, housing, summer internships and research opportunities, navigating the OzU campus and Providence, and social issues.
And perhaps most importantly, they are great listeners, who are accepting and welcoming to people from diverse backgrounds, eager to make the new student feel welcome and a part of the OzU.
The primary duties of PAs are to assist students with basic advising questions and serve as a resource to connect new students with the SEC 101 - Introduction to University Life Course and general campus resources.
Duties and Responsibilities
PAs will assist students throughout their first year and beyond:
They organize gatherings with the new students to meet their Faculty
By working in a weekly, in-person and e-advising capacity
Answering common student questions related to adjusting to university-level classes, discovering campus resources and tools available that facilitate their learning, as well as adjusting to life at OzU.
Participate in initial and ongoing training programs and meetings as requested.
Assist advisees in understanding the requirements and procedures of their respective program(s) as well as the University overall
Encouraging that the new students get involved on campus.
Assist advisees to complete SEC 101 - Introduction to University Life Course
Direct advisees to relevant office, academic or administrative staff
Course and curriculum related advising is done in a peer-to-peer relationship and does not replace the role of the Academic Advising Office.
Should display exceptional communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and passion for OzU and new students.
Applicants should also excel in personal leadership, ethical decision-making, adequately accepting high levels of responsibility in an autonomous role and presenting a positive, well- rounded image of OzU.
Ability to communicate well both in person and through various media channels (social media, email, etc.) and relate meaningfully with students.
Excellent attention to detail
Be open-minded toward diverse cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and backgrounds.
Ability to understand and communicate appropriate professional boundaries with peers, both online and in person.
Awareness of when to direct students to full-time OzU staff.
Ability to work with confidential information when encountered.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION
Students must be in good academic and social standing, have a cumulative gpa of at least 2.5, be studying on campus in the 2019-2020 academic year, be accessible over the summer by email and phone, and be able to return to campus week before 2019-2020 academic year orientation week.
Enrolled in the current semester and planning to register the following semester
A student must have completed his/her at least one year at faculty
Have a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Submit thoughtful responses to the application questions
No disciplinary record within the university
Completing the SEC101 with "S" grade in one academic year
Evaluation of qualifications based on the above criteria
Interview with Student Life Office Team Leader and staff and Academic Advisor at Student Life Office
Approximately 2 hours/week. This includes several training sessions during the academic year. Intensive introductory training days, which will be held the week before the next academic year starts, will be announced after the selection process is finished.
Expectation to dedicate a minimum of 2 hours/week, which would include 1 group meeting per month with advisees and 1 group meeting per month with fellow Peer Advisors and related staff.