Peer Academic Advisor — 2020–2021
What Makes a Good Peer Academic Advisor?
Being a peer academic advisor would be a valuable experience for you if:
- You enjoy helping fellow students, through your own experience, knowledge and expertise, to solve problems, plan ahead and get involved.
- You love working with a fun team with the common goal of serving the Biola community.
- You have great ideas that you want to put into action by helping students reach their academic goals and gain the most from their education at Biola.
- You want to be involved in your academic department by working alongside faculty and staff.
- You want to gain hands-on professional experience working in an office environment in order to build your resume for graduate school or future career opportunities.
To serve as a student leader providing accurate academic advising and referral information by meeting with students and working closely with multiple departments on campus.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide information to students on matters pertaining to academic life (e.g. curriculum, major selection, study habits, transition to Biola, substitution requests, add/drop process, course selection, registration, My Account, etc.) during one-on-one appointments or group advising sessions.
- Serve as facilitator and community builder in assigned section of First Year Seminar (FYS) for new students (at the discretion of the FYS Instructor). Attend assigned section of FYS.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge regarding academic programs, extracurricular activities and campus resources. The PAA will be trained on promoting vital components of the Biola academic journey.
- Hold walk-in advising hours.
- Maintain thorough and consistent communication with supervisor regarding all student advising sessions. Maintain thorough and consistent communication with FYS Instructor during FYS.
- Model an appreciation for and understanding of foundational concepts in the academic life, particularly Christ-centered learning and diversity.
- Perform other duties and special departmental projects for advising as assigned.
- Must be a current undergraduate student (current sophomores and juniors preferred).
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (exceptions may be made for students slightly below a 3.0).
- Proven academic commitment, leadership abilities, teamwork experience, organizational skills, problem solving competencies, demonstrated appreciation of diversity and a vibrant commitment to academic biblical integration.
- A one-year commitment is required. The weekly time commitment is 10 hours/week (sociology and biology PAAs work 8 hours/week).
- Candidates must be available to work during the Fall Semester in an assigned FYS course.
Peer Academic Advisor Majors
- Christian Ministries
- Cinema & Media Arts
- Communication Sciences & Disorders
- Communication Studies
- Political Science
- Public Relations
- Undecided — All majors may apply
*Note: The nursing department has their own peer advisor program for nursing majors.
- PAAs must be available for a paid, on-campus training August 24—27, 2020.
- Peer Academic Advisors are expected to attend a mandatory one-hour weekly staff meeting during fall and spring semesters.
Hours Per Week
*Note to applicants: If you do not have prior work or volunteer experience, please upload a word document on Handshake with the following statement: I do not have prior work or volunteer experience. You will not be disqualified based on your lack of previous employment experience in our hiring process.
- November 20, 2019: Student Leadership Fair from 10:30 a.m—2 p.m at the Student Leadership Fair (SUB Walkway); Application available on Handshake
- February 7, 2020: Application deadline
- February 15, 2020: Group Interview Process
- February 18—28, 2020: Individual Interviews
- March 2020: Notification