Thinking about working within the Academic Resource Commons?
If you have an interest in helping your fellow Bates students succeed academically, we’d love to see you apply!
The Academic Resource Commons employs Bates students in a variety of Peer Educator roles. Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in the Bates curriculum are essential attributes of all ARC Peer Educators. Students who excel as peer educators have worked hard in their own studies, and thought carefully about their own study habits. They have a solid understanding of the material they tutor, but also empathy for the student who may be struggling with the material. In collaboration with the Director of the Academic Resource Commons and other members of the Writing at Bates team, ARC Peer Educators implement the core mission of the Academic Resource Commons, working with Bates students towards academic success.
There are a variety of Peer Educator roles within ARC:
Currently Open Positions
We are currently fully staffed for the Winter 2019 semester.
Fall 2019 & Winter 2020
We have begun the recruitment process for Fall 2019 & Winter 2020. We are currently seeking nominations for all positions for the upcoming school year. If you would like to nominate someone, please do so here. Nominees will receive a notice that they have been nominated, encouraging them to apply. While nominations are not required (all Bates students are encouraged to apply), if you would like to be on our list of nominees, self-nominations are encouraged.
Our March 1st priority application deadline has passed, and we are currently reviewing the applications that have been submitted.
We are continuing to seek applications for the following positions:
- Peer Tutor supporting any of the following subjects: Biology, Physics, Latin & German
- PAL Leader supporting: Biology 242 (Fall) and/or Biology 190 (Winter), Chemistry 217/218, Physics 107/108
- Technical Writing Assistant: welcoming all applications from students who have previously had a conversation with Greg Anderson and/or ARC Professional Staff about this position
- Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant: welcoming all applications from students who have previously had a conversation with either ARC Professional Staff, or FYS or W2 course faculty.
Please note that, while Handshake will list a deadline for these positions, we will be reviewing these applications on a rolling basis as soon as they are submitted, and these postings will stay up until the positions are filled.
For brief, informal descriptions of ARC positions, please follow the links here, or see below. Formal descriptions are available within Handshake.
Resource Representatives are Bates first year students and sophomores who are enthusiastic about helping their fellow students identify resources for academic support, and play an essential role in ensuring fluid operation of the Academic Resource Commons (ARC). Working in collaboration with ARC Student Managers and the Administrative Coordinator for the Academic Resource Commons, Resource Representatives greet visitors, guide them to the appropriate resources, schedule appointments, maintain records, and perform clerical work, among other duties.
Resource Representatives also attend regularly scheduled training workshops which are part of the Bates LAMP Program, designed to empower them to engage with their peers as academic mentors. Resource Representatives with two semesters of this work and training will be awarded the title of “LAMP Fellow”, and ideally prepared to work in a variety of student supporting roles, both within ARC and without.
Peer Tutors are Bates sophomores, juniors, and seniors who work as leaders within the Academic Resource Commons, engaging their peers over the work of being a student. Peer Tutors are effective and empathetic communicators who have insight to share on how to succeed within a particular area of the Bates curriculum. Peer tutors may support students with content, writing, or language. Peer tutors work regularly scheduled hours over the course of the semester, supporting students in both individual, one on one, settings, as well as group Drop In Labs. Peer Tutors attend training at the beginning of each semester to learn about theories of peer academic support and best practices in tutoring others. They also attend weekly staff development workshops with other and ARC Peer Educators throughout the semester, and are closely mentored by the ARC staff.
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader
PAL Leaders are Bates sophomores, juniors, and seniors who work as leaders within the Academic Resource Commons, engaging their peers over the work of being a student. PAL Leaders are effective and empathetic communicators who have insight to share on how to succeed within a particular course in the Bates curriculum. 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. PAL Leaders are also provided support: They attend training at the beginning of each semester to learn about theories of writing and oral communication and best practices in tutoring others. They also attend weekly staff development workshops with other PAL Leaders and ARC employees throughout the semester and are closely mentored by the ARC staff.
Technical Writing Assistant
Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant
Peer Writing & Speaking Assistants (PWSAs) are Bates sophomores, juniors, and seniors who work as leaders within the Academic Resource Commons, engaging their peers over the work of being a student. PWSAs are effective and empathetic communicators who have insight to share on how to succeed within a particular area of the Bates curriculum, namely, writing and speaking at the college level. PWSAs collaborate with faculty to support students in individual sections of First-Year Seminars (W1), W2, and W3 level courses. Each PWSA will be thoughtfully paired with one professor teaching a fall or winter semester course and will work closely with that professor to strategize ways to help students in the course establish and work towards their writing and speaking goals. By scheduling and leading one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, as well as class presentations and workshops, PWSAs will provide students with peer mentorship and guidance on the professor’s writing and speaking assignments for the course. PWSAs are also provided support: They attend training at the beginning of each semester to learn about theories of writing and oral communication and best practices in tutoring others. They also attend weekly staff development workshops with other PWSAs and ARC Peer Educators throughout the semester and are closely mentored by the Writing at Bates staff.
Student Managers are Bates students who have emerged as peer leaders, and who have a demonstrated commitment to and aptitude for peer tutoring pedagogy. In collaboration with the Director of the Academic Resource Commons, Student Managers lead the student employees of ARC in providing academic support for Bates students. They do this by developing and implementing trainings for peer tutors, providing on-the-floor oversight of the Academic Resource Commons, serving as liaisons to departments, and completing an annual project aimed towards further developing ARC’s programming. Student Managers also create and deliver workshops on academic areas of recurring interest, including both course content and academic skills. Each of ARC’s Student Managers leads a team of Peer Educators focused on a curricular area (e.g., Biology) or an aspect of ARC services (e.g., Workshops). Student Managers meet weekly with the ARC staff to address operational issues within the center and to learn about theories of organizational leadership and coordinating peer support programming. They also attend weekly staff development workshops with other ARC Peer Educators throughout the semester.