First-Year Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Peer Mentor Applications

Expectations of a Peer Mentor

  • Attend all 401 courses (for new Peer Mentors) and all spring workshops (for returning Peer Mentors).
  • Attend all fall FYS 101 classes.
  • Attend bi-weekly fall Peer Mentor meetings.
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to your FYS 101 students.
  • Assist your FYS 101 instructor with the FYS 101 course.
  • Communicate with FYS Staff and Peer Mentor Coordinators.
  • Help recruit and select new Peer Mentors.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have never served as a Peer Mentor before, you must complete FYS 401. This is a 1-credit hour course that you will take in the second session of Spring 2014. If you plan on being a Peer Mentor, save 1-credit hour in your Spring 2014 schedule. We will contact you about FYS 401 times when you attend the group interview.


ApplicationNew

This application is for students who have not taken FYS 401. If you have taken FYS 401 and passed with an “S”, please complete the Returning Peer Mentor Application.

Application Directions:

  • You cannot save the application and come back to it. You must fill it out in one sitting.
  • You must have one UT reference. The reference will not receive an email until you submit your application.

New Peer Mentor Process/Timeline

Step 1: Complete the New Peer Mentor Application by January 31st by noon.

Step 2: Sign up for a group interview by January 31st by 5:00pm. You will receive the sign-up email when you submit you application. You must attend a group interview.

Step 3: Have your reference complete their evaluation by February 5th by noon. They will not receive the evaluation email until after you submit the application. You will receive a confirmation email when they submit the evaluation.

Step 4: Attend a group interview. The interview date options are: 2/5, 2/6, or 2/7. It will last approximately two hours. Please dress in comfortable clothing.

Step 5: On February 14th, check your email! We will notify you whether or not you have been selected to be a Peer Mentor. If you are selected, we will notify you which FYS 401 course you will be enrolled in.

Step 6: If selected, on February 27th you will start attending your FYS 401 course!

ApplicationReturning

This application is only for students who have taken FYS 401 and passed with an “S”. If you have not taken FYS 401, please complete the New Peer Mentor Application.

Application Directions:

  • You cannot save the application and come back to it. You must fill it out in one sitting.
  • You will receive an email at the beginning of January to schedule your returning interview.

Returning Peer Mentor Process/Timeline

Step 1: Complete your returning Peer Mentor application by December 2nd at noon.

Step 2: Make sure your current (or most recent) FYS 101 completes their evaluation by December 15th at noon.

Step 3: Sign up for a returners interview by January 10th. We will email you by January 6th. Interviews are informal and will be on 1/13-1/17.

Step 4: Check your email! We will notify you on January 22nd if you have been selected to return.

Step 5: Help us select new Peer Mentors! We will email you asking to volunteer at the group interviews as evaluators. You need to sign up by January 29th. Sign up quick, there are limited spots at each interview.

Step 6: Attend one workshop a month during February, March and April. These will serve as refreshers as well as updates and changes.


If you have questions about which application is correct for you, please email Michael Croal. Filling out the incorrect application can delay your review time.

 

If you have taken FYS 401 and received an “NC” you are ineligible to apply to become a peer mentor.

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