The First-Year Seminar (FYS) student mentors assist faculty members by serving as advisers to first-year students on the transition into university life and as academic tutors in one of the Going Global First-Year Seminar sections in the fall 2014. Each mentor acts as a liaison between the student and instructor and helps to build a “Class of 2018” community.
mentors must attend all classes of their assigned course during the fall 2014 term (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.),
and assist the instructor to develop and maintain academic
interest and enthusiasm. Student mentors also support the
instructor in designing and delivering out-of-class learning
experiences, are available for student consultation outside
of class hours, and lead at least three class discussions
exercises on topics approved by the mentor and instructor.
apply, you must be a sophomore, junior or senior with an overall
GPA of at least a “B.” You must possess excellent leadership and
interpersonal skills. Student mentors must complete mandatory
training in social transition and academic tutoring
techniques on a weekend during the spring 2014
FYS mentors will receive a $1,050 stipend, an iPad for the
fall 2014 semester and all required books for the assigned section. The
three-part application includes: letters of recommendation
from at least two faculty members (if you have been an FYS
mentor before, one letter must be from your FYS professor); a
one-page letter addressed to the FYS committee
explaining why you want to be a student mentor and what
qualifies for you for the position; and a creative, one-minute iMovie
that demonstrates what makes you awesome and unique.
Application materials are due by Friday, Jan. 31, and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All recommendation letters and application letters should be emailed to Jo Strader at email@example.com or
submitted in person in Henkel Hall, Room 206. iMovies should be
submitted on a jump drive or disc with your name on it, or include a
YouTube link to your iMovie.
The list of mentors will be announced no
later than February 2014. For more information on application
guidelines, contact Director of General Education/Going Global
First-Year Seminar Amy Sarch, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540/542-6534. The recommendation letter form will be available online by Friday, Dec. 13. This form is also available
by contacting Sarch.