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Thinking about working within the Academic Resource Commons?

The Academic Resource Commons employs Bates students in a variety of Peer Educator roles.  Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in academic success, both for themselves and for their peers, 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 ARC professional staff, 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

ARC is currently accepting applications for all positions for the upcoming Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 semesters. Please see the information below for ARC positions, job descriptions, and links to apply.

All applications submitted by the end of Tuesday, March 8th will receive full consideration. After that point in time, we will review applications for positions that have not been filled by applications that met that initial deadline. If you are hoping to apply after March 8th, before you apply, please email arc@bates.edu to inquire whether or not you application will be able to be reviewed.

Resource Representative

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.

All applications submitted by the end of Tuesday, March 8th will receive full consideration. After that point in time, we will review applications for positions that have not been filled by applications that met that initial deadline. If you are hoping to apply after March 8th, before you apply, please email arc@bates.edu to inquire whether or not you application will be able to be reviewed.


Peer Tutor

Peer Tutors work in the Academic Resource Commons as specialists who support learners in a particular part of the curriculum (e.g., writing, language learning, biology, economics, learning strategies), helping Bates students to reach their academic goals through mentorship and guidance. They work regular weekly hours in the ARC, supporting learners in individual appointments and/or drop-in labs, and they participate in regular meetings of teams of tutors who support specific courses/sections to strategize support. They may support the facilitation of regular review sessions for students in the course. Peer Tutors are also provided with support in their growth as educators. They attend regular trainings (both pre-semester and in-term) on relevant areas of peer tutoring pedagogy, and are closely mentored by the ARC staff.

All applications submitted by the end of Tuesday, March 8th will receive full consideration. After that point in time, we will review applications for positions that have not been filled by applications that met that initial deadline. If you are hoping to apply after March 8th, before you apply, please email arc@bates.edu to inquire whether or not you application will be able to be reviewed.


Course-Attached Tutor

If you are planning on applying work in the 2022-23 academic year as a PAL Leader, please apply for this position instead.


Course-Attached Tutors are paired for one semester with a faculty partner to offer support for students in a specific course. Course-Attached Peer Tutors work closely with their partner-professors to strategize ways to help students in the course establish and work towards their academic goals. By scheduling and leading one-on-one and group tutoring sessions, as well as contributing to in-class learning, Course-Attached Peer Tutors will provide students with peer mentorship and guidance on the professor’s instruction for the course. Course-Attached Peer Tutors are also encouraged to offer feedback to their partner-professor on the course, and to inform their partner-professors about students’ common struggles with the course. Course-Attached Peer Tutors gather all relevant information for peer educators on the course, provide in-class active learning support on an as-needed basis, meet regularly with the course instructor to strategize support for the course, facilitate regular meetings with the entire team of tutors who support the course to strategize support, and facilitate regular review sessions for students in the course. Course-Attached Peer Tutors are also provided with support in their growth as educators. They attend regular trainings (both pre-semester and in-term) on relevant areas of peer tutoring pedagogy, and are closely mentored by the ARC staff.


Student Manager

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.

All applications submitted by the end of Tuesday, March 8th will receive full consideration. After that point in time, we will review applications for positions that have not been filled by applications that met that initial deadline. If you are hoping to apply after March 8th, before you apply, please email arc@bates.edu to inquire whether or not you application will be able to be reviewed.


Thank you, and please feel free to send us questions at arc@bates.edu.