Peer Academic Advisor — 2023–2024
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 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
All Peer Academic Advisors will:
- 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.
- 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.
- Model an appreciation for and understanding of foundational concepts in 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.
Peer Academic Advisor Positions
- Grad Petition/Academic Planner Support
- Help upperclassmen submit graduation applications each semester by teaching them (1) how to use Planner and (2) about the graduation application process.
- Support freshmen with creating basic academic plans from Planner templates and assist them with navigating the Planner tool.
- Possibly build plan templates in the Planner tool when the 24-25 catalog is released.
- Support the Academic Records & Degree Specialist team by conducting student outreach about graduation applications.
- Registration & Enrollment Support
- Support the Assistant Director of Academic Advising to prepare for both Fall and Spring incoming student registration. This will include building first-semester schedules, registering incoming students, and conducting text/email/call campaigns to help new and continuing students complete the registration and enrollment process.
- Assist with call campaigns to promote summer courses to current students.
- FirstGen/SEID Support
- Online Bachelor Support
- This position is optionally remote.
- Provide support and supplemental advising to all Online Bachelor’s programs. May include registration and enrollment process support, knowledge of campus resources available to online learners, support with how to build academic plans and submit a graduation application, general advising questions, etc.
- Academic Study Skills/Success
- Respond to alerts from faculty to provide support for students who need assistance with study skills, time management, using organization platforms, and more.
- Possibly host academic skills/success workshops in collaboration with the Learning Center for students during peak seasons of the semester.
- Provide supplemental support for students on academic probation
- Department Positions:
- STH: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Kinesiology
- STH: Biology
- Rosemead School of Psychology
- School of Cinema & Media Arts
- Peer Academic Advisors must be available for a paid, on-campus training August 21-25, 2023.
- Peer Academic Advisors are expected to attend a mandatory one-hour weekly staff meeting during Fall and Spring semesters (typically Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:20 am.)
All Peer Academic Advisors report to their assigned Staff Academic Advisor.
Hours Per Week
10 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, you will not be disqualified based on your lack of previous experience in our hiring process.
Apply now through the Student Leader Common Application.
Applications close March 31, 2023.