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Student Assistant - Peer Academic Liason

University of West Georgia
UWG Recruiting Location
Closing date
Jul 23, 2021
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Job Title: Student Assistant - Peer Academic Liason
Location: UWG Recruiting Location
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 230182
About Us

Welcome to one of the most dynamic universities in the nation.

Since 1906, UWG has been home to those who are eager to take their own path, learn, and grow. With more than 13,400 students and 85+ programs, we've come a long way since then. Today, we're a regional powerhouse with locations in Carrollton, Douglasville, and Newnan, Georgia, making a difference in the lives of our students, our neighbors, and the world. The one thing that's never changed: Amazing things happen when you Go West.

Becoming UWG
Becoming is about what we grow to be. UWG is positioning for Success in the 21st Century, introducing Strategic Priorities to help shape a comprehensive blueprint for our university. Relevance, Competitiveness and Placemaking serve as the pillars for the future of the institution. Learn more at

UWG Commitment Statement
Dedicating ourselves to the curation of a first-choice university.

Job Summary

Fall Semester:
Peer Academic Liaisons (PAL) would be assigned approximately 3 First-Year Seminar (FYS) sections to serve as a teaching assistants for the course (students would be expected to attend each course at least twice per month)
PALs keep weekly tabs on their students to make sure they are able to support any needs that they may have (via GroupMe)
Facilitate social engagement between students (invite to campus events)
PALs would communicate with their assigned FYS faculty members to make sure they are able to support students within their assigned courses in ways that align with faculty goals
PAL’s would also be the contact person for each of their assigned sections First-Year Seminar Lab
Approximately 3-5 office hours will be held by each PAL to troubleshoot and answer any questions students may have related to their academic journey (via the UWG Office Hours program)
PAL’s would serve as Academic Transition Programs and First-Year Seminar concierge’s to be able to help students as they come into the Momentum Center
Lab tracking, attendance, and record-keeping would also be done by PALs for the first-year seminar sections not assigned a PAL as a pilot

Spring Semester:
PALs would continue outreach and connection to their assigned fall student load (approximately 70 students each)
Facilitate social engagement between students (invite to campus events)
PALs will aid in the recruitment and training of the new team
Planning, and executing of first-year student continuing engagement events, workshops or programs
PALs would contribute to the designing of FYS Lab for the following Fall Semester
PALs would have the opportunity to plan, design, and post on social media for Academic Transition Programs (recruitment and marketing)
The First-Year Seminar showcase could be planned by the Peer Academic Leaders
Peer Academic Leaders could facilitate the application processes and selection of First-Year Seminar Faculty of the Year
PAL’s could play a part in the collaboration for first-year seminar faculty training

Required Qualifications

2.5 or better GPA
Enrollment on the UWG-Carrollton campus
Knowledge of UWG student success resources
Interest and willingness to mentor first-year students

Preferred Qualifications

Excitement to work on a team committed to offering creative new approaches to supporting student success
Energetic and approachable disposition

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

A range of knowledge of what student success resources exist at UWG is ideal
Experience and/or interest in mentoring first-year students
Committed to being a team player
Ability to communicate professionally with students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements

The ability to lift 20 pounds

This work will be completed in a variety of creative ways as we learn to better serve first-year students. Our office is located in the Momentum Center and there are work areas for students there.

Other Information

NACE Competencies

Career & Self-Development
Critical Thinking
Equity & Inclusion

Student Learning Outcomes

PALs will practice exceptional written and oral communication with campus partners to promote student success. PALs will work and think in a team environment to help design experiences that promote student success. PALs will exhibit knowledge of campus resources that aide in student success. PALs will engage in imaginative brainstorming to help re-invent ways offer student success programming PALs will mentor students one on one and in groups to help foster their academic and personal success.


The University of West Georgia is a leading residential, doctoral comprehensive university that offers a broad undergraduate and graduate curriculum based on a liberal arts foundation. UWG enrolls more than 10,600 students, including an active international student population from more than 80 countries.university_of_west_georgia1.jpg

The university takes its mission of "Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment" seriously and is nationally recognized for the access to research opportunities and technology it provides to undergraduates. It has been named a Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review for five years in a row and one of America's Best Value Colleges for 2007 and 2008.

university_of_west_georgia2.jpgUWG currently offers 109 programs of study, including 56 bachelor's and 40 master's and specialist degrees, two doctorates and 11 certificates, as well as Georgia's only Honors College. A third doctoral degree and a new master's degree have been approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision will begin in the summer of 2009, and a Masters in Arts in Criminology will begin in Fall 2008. Gifted high-school-age students can earn high school and college credit through the Advanced Academy of Georgia, one of only 15 U.S. residential college-early-entrance programs.university_of_west_georgia3.jpg

The Graduate School has one of the highest percentages of students enrolled in graduate classes in the University System. Undergraduates have nationally acclaimed access to research opportunities, and instruction is enhanced by faculty member research that is supported by more than $2.2 million in grants.

Only 50 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia, UWG offers a complete college experience featuring residence hall living, intercollegiate athletics and more than 100 student organizations on a beautiful, wooded 375-acre campus.



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