The goal of a residence academic mentor is to provide upper-year students with a formal opportunity to offer academic support and mentorship to first year students in a designated residence setting.
General expectations and duties:
- Live in assigned residence and ensure residence room deposit is paid by regular deadline.
- Available for duty from September until the exam period in December, and from January until the exam period in April.
- Attend training sessions scheduled prior to serving in the role as well as any others scheduled throughout the academic year.
- Build and maintain positive and meaningful relationships with students in respective residences.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0
- Provide posted office hours to residence students for a minimum of five hours per week.
- Work regularly in a collaborative manner with other residence life staff (e.g. dons, RA’s) to determine and address the needs of students.
- Work independently and under the guidance of University staff (e.g. student development counsellor) to develop and implement various residential activities and programs that foster an academic atmosphere in residence.
- Provide assistance as needed to student development counsellor in the development and implementation of Student Success Course.
- Cultivate a sense of academic and personal responsibility to students through the demonstration of ethical behaviors.
- Organize and/or lead help/tutoring sessions when identified as necessary by students.
- Help students one-on-one with study skills (e.g. time management, reading, note-taking)
- Create monthly bulletin boards to educate and create awareness about specific and general academic/university life skills and issues.
- Design an appropriate meeting schedule for students.
- Collaborate with residence life staff to achieve a consistent awareness of individual and general house issues.
- Advise students on academic issues as training permits.
- Refer students to appropriate resources for academic and personal support.
- Document student issues raised/addressed in a weekly log, and follow-up with individual students involved, and with residence life staff when appropriate.
- Be an active participant in house activities and meetings.
- Experience working with and leading groups of people.
- Experience living in a university residence setting.
- Strong academic background and demonstrable academic skills.
- Ability to respond to academic concerns in a responsible and diplomatic manner.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the “chain of command” that exists for residence life issues, and ability to respond to situations accordingly (e.g. referring students to other resources/staff.)
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Academic mentors receive a stipend of $1,200 per year, which is paid in three instalments (40% in September, 40% in January, and 20% in April once all duties have been completed.) Performance in the position is evaluated on a regular basis throughout the year.
Applications open early second term. If you are interested in applying, please contact Student Life for further details, or follow the direct link to the applicationi below.