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Center for Academic Achievement

Center for Academic Achievement

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Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Position Description

The Center for Academic Achievement will select a group of undergraduate leaders to serve as mentors for the spring 2019 semester. The selected PALs will be assigned to an SLS 1501 - Effective Learning course to enrich the academic performance of mentees in and beyond the classroom. As a mentor the PAL will facilitate the development of mentees' self-awareness as a means of both personal and academic success. The PAL is trained to provide guidance, resources, structure, and accountability for mentee students.


PAL Qualifications
  • Undergraduate student status at FGCU
    • FGCU student in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year
  • Good academic and judicial standing throughout the period of training and employment
  • Possess at least a 2.5 or above cumulative GPA
  • Finalists must successfully complete a background and criminal record check that will require fingerprinting
  • Involvement in a mentoring relationship or leadership position
  • Experience overcoming a challenge during college
  • Soft skills - Strong interpersonal skills, communication, building rapport, and a passion to help peers achieve success
  • Previous enrollment in SLS 1101 - University Transition, SLS 1501 - Effective Learning, or the completion of the CAA Eagle Success Program

PAL Roles and Responsibilities

The PAL position is approximately an eight-hour a week commitment for the employed term. Commitment includes:

  • Attendance at all SLS 1501 - Effective Learning classes
  • Availability, during scheduled work hours, to respond to quesitons via email or phone
  • Follow up on any referral or recommendation regarding a mentee
  • Regular meetings and communication with assigned instructor 
  • Facilitation of activities in and beyond the classroom experiences
  • Host open office hours in the Center for Academic Achievement
Administrative Duties
  • Attandance at all PAL training sessions
  • Participation in weekly group meetings
  • Submission of biweekly reports
  • Completion of mid- and end- semester evaluations
  • Maintain accurate payroll documentation


PAL Expectations
  • Maintain confidentiality and follow FERPA regulations for any information regarding mentees
  • Act as a role model in all aspects of the University community
  • Uphold ethical and professional standards in helping mentees
  • Provide support to create high-impact educational expereinces
  • Share honest and personal feedback, expereinces, and advice with mentees, assigned instructor, and supervisor
  • Be prepared and on time for all position obligations
  • Develop a support network among the PAL team
  • Participate in all Peer Academic Leader trainings


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Questions or concerns regarding the PAL position or selection process should be directed to Melanie King, Academic Success Coach in the Center for Academic Achievement
 Contact Information: LIB West 103, or 239-590-7906.