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:
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?