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Peer Assistants

If you’re looking for a dynamic, interactive student worker position then you should consider being an Orientation Peer Assistant (PA)! Colleges are hiring student staff assistants to assist academic advisors during New Student Orientation and Transfer orientation. This unique position will provide graduate or undergraduate students with the opportunity to work alongside full-time Academic Advisors as they assist new students with the advisement and registration process at UH.  PAs will go through general training to become proficient in university processes and rules which impact degree completion and then move on to work with full-time Academic Advisors in specific colleges to learn about the advisement and registration process. Once training is complete, our PAs will initiate communication with new students before they arrive for their New Student Orientation, helping them prepare for their on-campus experience! When the big day arrives for our new students, PAs will meet with students in their assigned college and assist with the registration process.

Application Process

To apply, select your college from the list below and follow the instructions provided. You may only apply to one college and it must be the college in which you are currently majoring. Applications recived from non-majors will NOT be considered.

CollegeInstructions

Architecture

Visit the website for the application process and more information.

College of the Arts

 

Business

Applications are due before 5PM on Monday, April 3. Complete applications should be submitted to the front desk of the Office of Undergraduate Business Programs located on the second floor of Melcher Hall near the Starbuck’s or the application and required materials can be scanned and emailed to Brent Spraggins at bspraggins@uh.edu.

CLASS

Visit the website for the application and more information.

Applicants should deliver the applications to AH320,  713-743-4001

Education

 

Engineering

 

Exploratory Studies

Click here for the application

Honors

 

Hotel and Restaurant Management

 

Natural Science and Mathematics

Contact Kim Marx for more information.

Technology

 

Mandatory Dates:

In addition to weekly schedules which are sometimes flexible, all applicants must be available:
  • April 14, 2017
  • April 21, 2017
  • April 28, 2017
  • April 22, 2016
  • May 1 – August 18, 2017

Characteristics

Peer Assistant members should possess and demonstrate the following:

  • Strong knowledge of own academic area.
  • Ability to learn and understand academic requirements.
  • Understanding and support of the goals and philosophies of the University of Houston.
  • Ability to encourage academic success and to motivate self and others.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish rapport with peers, students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Ability to serve as a role model demonstrating good judgment and ethical behavior.
  • Ability to set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, diverse backgrounds, and for personal and University property.
  • Ability to work on a team and to be flexible.
  • Strong demonstration of leadership abilities.
  • Ability to navigate University of Houston website.
  • Knowledge of University of Houston campus resources.
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office and PeopleSoft ( www.my.uh.edu) preferred.

Qualifications

  1. Undergraduates must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and have completed at least 24 credit hours in residence at the University of Houston by conclusion of the Spring 2017 semester.
  2. Graduate students must have completed one semester at the University of Houston by Fall 2016.
  3. Available to work during scheduled New Student Conferences and trainings during Spring and Summer of 2017.

Job Duties

Peer Assistant members will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist new students with questions about UHin4.
  • Communicate with students as they opt into the UHin4 program.
  • Communicate University of Houston academic policies and standards to new students.
  • Communicate information regarding major and minors options to new students.
  • Communicate information regarding course pre-requisites to new students.
  • Communicate college expectations to new students.
  • Assist with Academic College’s preparation prior to New Student Conferences.
  • Assist with communication between Academic College and new students prior to New Student Conferences.
  • Assist with class registration at New Student Conferences.
  • Assist colleges with day to day office responsibilities, including but not limited to: data entry, answering calls, filing, and conducting benchmarking/research as needed.
  • Assist Academic College with post New Student Conference follow-up.
  • Assist Academic College’s strategic planning for future terms and New Student Conferences.

Time Commitment

  • Mandatory training sessions (see Mandatory Dates section above).
  • Approximately 8-10 hours per week during the Spring 2017 semester.
  • Part-time: approximately 30 hours per week, including selected work days outside of New Student Conferences during the Summer of 2017.