Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

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2015-16 Peer Academic Leaders

What is a PAL?

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.

What are the benefits of becoming a PAL?   

The benefits to becoming a PAL are limited only by your ambition, but if we have to get specific, check these perks out:

  •     Gain valuable leadership experience
  •     Mentor new Wichita State students
  •     Add to your career experience on your professional resume
  •     Get first-hand college teaching experience
  •     Network with WSU faculty and staff

What is the compensation for a PAL?

Each PAL receives a room (within a 4-bed private suite) located in their assigned LLC in Shocker Hall. As compensation, PALs will not be charged for their assigned room. PALs will be allowed to move in to the halls up to three weeks before fall move-in at no additional cost.

Am I Qualified to be a PAL?

The minimum qualifications to be considered for hire as a Peer Academic Leader include:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Good judicial with Housing and WSU
  • Be available to serve on the staff for two (2) consecutive semesters (Fall & Spring)
  • Be available for training two weeks prior to August move-in
  • Have lived in a WSU residence hall for at least one (1) semester
  • Have lived in a Living Learning Community for at least one (1) semester (preferred)

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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