ARC: PAL Leader (S-9597X)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

The Academic Resource Commons (ARC), a college-wide collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, is an initiative that supports every learner at Bates in achieving their academic goals. ARC offers high-quality, student-focused peer tutoring and other support services in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Student-focused services support every student as a unique learner, and empower students as academic leaders. The ARC is a vital part of the academic experience at Bates College, complementing the classroom experience with a deeply social, collaborative, interactive learning environment that engages learners of every background in a conversation over shared challenges and student success.

 Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leaders are outstanding Bates students who are willing to use their first-hand experience and knowledge to help their peers become better learners. Having successfully completed the course they are leading, PAL Leaders facilitate learning in out-of-class sessions using strategies that build readiness and comprehension in traditionally difficult courses. PAL Leaders work to help students understand that problem solving is a process, and that with practice students can claim authority of their own learning. PAL Leaders diligently prepare session plans and reports that are shared in weekly staff meetings with the PAL Program Coordinator.  As part of the Academic Resource Commons (ARC), PAL Leaders implement the core mission of working with Bates students towards academic success.  PAL Leaders participate in ARC training sessions throughout the semester to learn from other ARC leaders and to support their own development as peer leaders.

Your application should contain the following documents:

The Basics

Department: Academic Resource Commons
Supervisor: Eric Dyer
Office Location: Coram Library 223
Pay Grade:

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Applicants for the position of PAL Leader should be in strong academic standing, have received an A or B in any course they wish to support, be available to attend the section of the class they are supporting, and be able to procure a recommendation from a member of the faculty. Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in academic success for all Bates students are essential attributes.