Office of Student Services Student Mentors


Purpose

The Office of Student Services Student Mentors, housed in the Office of Student Services (OSS) within the College of Education, was created to mentor other students, increase student engagement, and assist with recruiting quality students.

Requirements

Once selected, Student Mentors must attend a half day training and information session. Each Student Mentor must schedule at least two (2) hours of service per week in the Haley Center each semester. During these office hours, you will be available to mentor students, respond to email inquiries, answer questions, greet visitors, and plan engagement events.

OSS Student Mentor positions are awarded on a yearly basis from January to the following January. A minimum commitment of two semesters is required, fall and spring (summer is not required, but is a plus). You may continue as a Student Mentor the following year if you choose to do so, and the selection committee approves your continuing service (you do not need to re-apply).

Responsibilities

Other duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with/attending OSS events — War Eagle Days, Talons, Preview Day, Admitted Student Days;
  • Registering events with the Campus Event Planning System;
  • Answering questions about the College of Education and Office of Student Services for peers, parents, and prospective students;
  • Mentoring or tutoring current students needing academic and registration assistance;
  • Facilitating Praxis Core/Praxis II workshops;
  • Attending Camp War Eagle and SOS sessions as able to assist incoming students;
  • Holding monthly student group meetings with assigned students (i.e. transfer students, freshmen, and other groups as needed);
  • Upholding the standards of the College of Education Peer Mentors.

Benefits

The benefits of being a Student Mentor include:

  • Demonstrating leadership, communication, and organization skills;
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the College of Education’s academic, research, service, and outreach efforts;
  • Building relationships with College of Education faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni;
  • Improving public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Gaining meaningful experience in the field of Higher Education;
  • Acquiring relevant work experience and professional development for your resume/curriculum vitae;
  • Interacting with prospective students and their families, as well as guests of the College of Education;
  • Fostering meaningful relationships with your College of Education peers; and
  • Professional Reference provided at end of experience.

Selection Criteria

Student Mentors are chosen through a selection process that includes an application and an in-person interview. Applications are accepted each year from College of Education students (undergraduate) who meet the following qualifications:

  • Good academic standing;
  • Good academic standing (A or B) on following Math and English Courses:
    • Example: MATH 1000, 1100, 1120, 1130, OR 1150; ENGL 1100 AND ENGL 1120;
  • Completed at least one semester at Auburn University;
  • Be currently enrolled as a student in the College of Education;
  • Demonstrate a strong level of commitment to programs and initiatives within the College of Education through participation and leadership;
  • Have strong interpersonal and public speaking skills; and
  • Be available for service assignments at daytime and evening events on-campus and off-campus, if necessary;

Applications are due by 4:45 pm on Friday, November 13th, 2020. Interviews are granted to qualified applicants in late November, and applicants are selected through a competitive pre-screening review by a committee of current student Mentors and OSS staff. Notification of selection as a Student Mentor will occur in late November or early December each year.

For any questions, contact the Office of Student Services at (334) 844-4448 or by email.

The College of Education also has a Student Ambassador Program. You may apply to be either a College of Education Ambassador or a OSS Student Mentor, or both.