Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

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2015-16 Peer Academic Leaders

The PAL Application is now LIVE! Complete it HERE.


Job Description

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) serve as mentors, provide a built-in support system, and enhance the sense of community within each Living Learning Community (LLC). The PAL contributes to the education of residents by serving as a role model and academic resource as well as by linking them to other important departments across campus. The PAL develops and maintains open lines of communication with faculty and staff involved as a liaison for the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

Duties include: building community, planning and implementing social and educational programming, serving as a connection between their college or department and residence life, working a four-hour desk shift, administrative responsibilities, etc.

Job Requirements

To be considered for a Peer Academic Leader position, candidates must:
• Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with Wichita State
• Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of hiring as well as the duration of employment
• Have 24 credit hours completed prior to the academic term Summer 2017
• Be available for 15 hours of work per week
• Preferred to have spent at least one semester living in Shocker Hall or Fairmount Towers or other applicable experience
• Attend at least one of the following Peer Academic Leader/Resident Assistant information sessions:
                 December 6, 2016 6:00pm – Shocker Hall Multiuse Room
                 December 8, 2016 7:00pm – Fairmount Towers Wheat Retreat
                 January 16, 2017 7:00pm – Shocker Hall Multiuse Room
                 January 17, 2017 8:00pm – Fairmount Towers Wheat Retreat
                 January 26, 2017 7:00pm – Shocker Hall Multiuse Room
                 January 27, 2017 8:00pm – Fairmount Towers Wheat Retreat
                 February 6, 2017 8:00pm – Shocker Hall Multiuse Room & Fairmount Towers Wheat Retreat

If selected, Peer Academic Leaders will:
• Be required to attend Fall training tentatively starting July 30th, 2017
• Not hold an outside job, internship, or student teaching position without prior approval from a  Residence Life Coordinator
• Be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2017-2018 Academic year
• Be required to live on campus in assigned room during the duration of employment


What is the compensation for a PAL?

Peer Academic Leaders compensation includes a single room within a four-bedroom private suite in Shocker Hall or a single room in a suite in Fairmount Towers. Please be aware that this package is reported to Financial Aid for FAFSA purposes. Domestic students may seek additional work on campus up to 15 hours a week while classes are in session. International students may seek additional work on campus up to 5 hours a week while classes are in session.


Applications and Forms

Have Questions?  Please Contact Us!

Housing and Residence Life
1845 Fairmount St. PO Box 141
Wichita, KS 67260-0141
316-978-3693     Email

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