ARC: Peer Assisted Learning Leader (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:

In collaboration with the Director of the Academic Resource Commons and the PAL Program Coordinator, Peer Assisted Learning Leaders implement the core mission of the Academic Resource Commons, working with Bates students towards academic success.

More specifically, Peer Assisted Learning (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.

Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in the Bates curriculum and the PAL program in particular are essential attributes. 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.

Your application should contain the following documents:
Cover letter explaining your interest in this position, and including the following information:
Class Year
What course or courses would you be able to support?
Can you attend training the first week of class?
Can you attend a weekly training?
Which semester(s) of the upcoming school year will you be available for this position?
Can you commit to working up to 10 hours per week, including attending class for the section that you are supporting?

The Basics

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

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Be available to attend the section of the class they are supporting. Received an A or B (or equivalent) in the course(s) to be supported. Strong academic standing at Bates. Strong organization, time management and communication skills. Able to procure a recommendation from a member of the faculty. a friendly willingness to support, mentor, and foster trusting relationships with other Bates’ students sensitivity to and flexibility in regards to Bates students’ diverse learning styles and preferences openness to feedback from students, the course faculty, and the Writing at Bates team a desire to learn more about effective peer-tutoring, particularly in regards to writing and speaking ability to work up to a total of 10 hours per week, taking care to attend required trainings and ARC meetings, to be present for all class meetings, to meet with the PAL supervisor, and to plan and facilitate PAL sessions--which are scheduled in response to your availability and students’ needs--as well as office hours that you schedule. available to attend pre-semester training.


Reports to the PAL Program coordinator, and the Director of the Academic Resource Commons. Works closely with ARC Student Manager for the PAL Program and fellow PAL Leaders


Work collaboratively to plan and lead supplemental instruction sessions for the supported course Provide mentorship and guidance on navigating the course and subject you are supporting Actively develop and refine your tutoring skills and a Peer Educator Philosophy through scheduled trainings, meetings and workshops, and on your own. Communicate respectfully and regularly with the course professor; communicate with the course professor several times throughout the semester to clarify expectations, establish ideal session hours, discuss the class’s progress, and identify opportunities for you to interact with and support the class as a whole Integrate feedback from the course professor, students and the ARC team in an effort to improve your peer support skills.