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Peer Academic Advisor — 2022–2023

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.


Eligible Peer Academic Advisors must have:
  • 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

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

*Note: The nursing department has their own peer advisor program for nursing majors.

Training Expectations

  • PAAs must be available for a paid, on-campus training August 2022.
  • 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

$15/hour for fall, $16/hour for spring

Hours Per Week

10 hours per week (except biology and sociology PAAs work 8 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, etc.). During such times, students may be scheduled for more than 10 hours, with some additional hours added for advising functions.

*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.

Important Dates

Application will be available in Fall 2021.