Become an FYS Mentor

The Mentor's Role:

In the fall, first-year students take HUM 100, the four credit course entitled "Origins, Identity, and Meaning." There are generally about twenty sections, each of which has a student mentor working with faculty and students in the classroom. In addition, mentors are involved in mandatory co-curriculum programs related to the course offered on several evenings.

In addition to attending classes and co-curricular programs, mentors meet every Monday at 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (see description of HUM 300 below). Mentors will also be encouraged to participate actively in Orientation planning and activities; hence they must return to campus by Tuesday, August 23, to take part in orientation Wednesday Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25. During Orientation week, mentors will meet in class with their sections, as well as interact with their sections outside of class and have one day of leadership training and a second day of writing tutor training. Mentors receive four credits on a pass/no pass basis but HUM 300 does not count for the core Humanities elective.

The program needs innovative, dynamic and flexible students to help create a stimulating first-year program.

Qualification Required of Applicants for Mentor Positions:

  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • Maximum course load of 17.5 hours during semester as mentor.
  • Articulate understanding of first year transition to college.
  • Superior organizational, time-management and communication skills.
  • Clear ability to work cooperatively with both faculty and students.

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Attend, participate in and complete all readings for assigned section of HUM 100 and its co-curricular activities.
  • Work with faculty in designing in-class and co-curricular activities.
  • Provide direct academic support to first-year students.
  • Provide personal support to first-year students in transition to college.
  • Actively participate in first-year orientation planning and activities.
  • Meet one hour each week for HUM 300: Mentoring in the Humanities.

Description of HUM 300: Mentoring in the Humanities:

Each student serves as a mentor in one section of Humanities 100, the required First-Year Seminar course. Mentors attend all Hum 100 classes and co-curricular events and complete all of the readings. They do not take exams, write papers or participate in the evaluation of students in HUM 100. The mentor acts as a peer in helping first-year students make the transition from high school to college. They hold study sessions and help students with note taking, writing assignments and the development of proper study skills. They work closely with faculty to mentor well in their section of Hum 100. They meet with the First-Year Seminar Program Director one hour each week to review their work and to discuss pedagogical issues associated with teaching the Humanities. Mentors are selected by an application process in the spring. 4 credits.

Interested in becoming an FYS mentor? Contact:

Lisa Szefel | Associate Professor