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Peer Academic Advisor — 2019–2020


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.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide information to students on matters pertaining to academic life (e.g. curriculum, study habits, time management, note taking, test prep, general education curricula, Bible requirements, major-specific curricula, 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 Peer Academic Advisor will be trained on promoting vital components of the Biola academic journey (e.g. Integration of faith and learning, time management, academic success skills, Strengths Finder, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Assist with information sessions for the Biola community regarding specific academic topics.
  • 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.


Eligible Peer Academic Advisors must have:
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (limited exceptions may be made for students with 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 with some exceptions.
  • Candidates must be available to work during the Fall Semester in an assigned FYS course.

Peer Academic Advisor Majors

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Christian Ministries
  • Cinema & Media Arts
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology
  • Undecided — All majors may apply

Training Expectations

  • Peer Academic Advisors must be available for a paid, on-campus training August 26–29, 2019.
  • Peer Academic Advisors must be available for a paid, weekend training September 13–15, 2019.
  • Additional Note: Peer Academic Advisors who have not taken the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment must complete the assessment provided by the Advising Center.
  • Peer Academic Advisors are expected to attend a mandatory one-hour weekly staff meeting during fall and spring semesters.


All Peer Academic Advisors report to the Assistant Director of Academic Advising. Department Peer Academic Advisors will also report to their Faculty Supervisor.

Pay Rate

$12.00/hour for fall, $13.00/hour for spring

Hours Per Week

10 hours per week (except Biology and Sociology Peer Academic Advisors work eight hours per week)

*Peer Academic Advisors should be aware that their work schedule could fluctuate during peak academic advising seasons (e.g. Academic Advising, Registration, Orientation, Transfer Student Advising Day, etc.). During such times, students may be scheduled for more than 10 hours, with some additional hours added for advising functions.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2019 — Info Night at 9 p.m. in Business 220 (Application available on Handshake)
  • February 7, 2019 — Application deadline
  • February 16, 2019 — Group Interview Process
  • February 18 to March 1, 2019 — Individual Interviews
  • March 2019 — Notification