Peer Advisors (PA) are UT Dallas student employees who live on campus and provide University Housing residents with personal, academic and housing-related peer support.
Residential Life employs upperclassman students in this leadership role. PAs are assigned to the residence halls and various apartment buildings within University Housing. Students selected as PAs go through an extensive training period to fully prepare them for their role as a PA.
The PA lives with his or her designated community and provides various resources to residents:
- Community building through individual interactions and group activities.
- Knowledge about campus resources, including UT Dallas policies and procedures.
- Resource to help with conflict mediation between roommates.
- On-call services to respond to after hours or emergency concerns.
Become a Peer Advisor
The process to become a Peer Advisor starts in October for the following academic year. If you are interested, "Like" the Interested in Being a UTD Peer Advisor?Facebook page for more information.
2020 Interest Session Dates
All students interested in applying to be a PA MUST attend an interest session. These sessions cover PA job requirements and the application process. Interest sessions are a good chance for applicants to ask questions in order to get a better understanding of the position and applicaion process.
For fall 2020, all interest sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams. These will be live events that will capture when a student joins and leaves the event. In order to meet the attendance requirement, applicants must be present for the entire live event. To join the live event, please click on the date of your choice below.
*Dates are subject to change. Please refer to the Facebook Page for the latest information.
Peer Advisor Job Description
The Peer Advisor (PA) is a staff member in the office of Residential Life, a department in the division of Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas.
The role of the Peer Advisor is to assist students with academic, personal and housing concerns; to serve as a resource and referral agent; to engage students in campus life; and to assist in the interpretation and enforcement of University rules and regulations.
Opportunities exist for Peer Advisors to develop skills in many areas including leadership, administration, programming and peer counseling. Peer Advisor training and subsequent experience are valuable because they involve the development of life-long skills and provides participants the opportunity to develop a significant amount of insight about themselves.
To be effective, Peer Advisors must be perceived by students as being confident in most areas of their lives and as having satisfactorily handled the pressures of university life. The way Peer Advisors manage their personal lives, perform academically and approach the college experience impact those with whom they live.
The Peer Advisor should be highly visible and actively involved in campus life at UT Dallas. Peer Advisors must reside in the community to which they are assigned in the apartments or in one of the residence halls.
- Facilitate the social, academic, and personal growth environment for students residing in Canyon Creek Heights, University Village, or University Commons;
- Maintain continual communication with the residents in their assigned community and their coordinator;
- Complete Resident Education requirements and work to build community, which includes campus engagement activities, facilitating community meetings, being active in the Residential Housing Association, and organizing intramural teams
- Support the University rules and regulations, including following and enforcing policies, responding to behavior concerns as needed, and writing information reports;
- Maintain office or desk and on-call hours on a rotational basis including holidays such as Thanksgiving, winter break, and spring break;
- Respond to emergencies as they occur and communicate information timely and effectively to coordinators;
- Attend and participate in all staff meetings, staff training sessions, retreats and staff development events;
- Meet all deadlines and complete reports;
- Facilitate resolution of roommate conflicts and follow up as needed;
- Report early for training and leave late each semester;
- Complete all paperwork on time, including program proposals, evaluations, one-on-ones, roommate agreements and weekly reports;
- Participate in programs tailored to meet specific needs of distinct student populations (e.g. LLC events for LLC students or annual programs for upperclassmen);
- LLC PAs will have varying duties, which may include meeting with faculty and staff, performing community service with students, and assisting in assessment;
- The hours of this position may vary depending on the time of year but one can expect a 20-hour work week; and
- Other duties relevant to Residential Life and Student Affairs as assigned.
- Must be a full-time student (12 hours undergraduate; 9 hours graduate) at the time of application and throughout tenure as a Peer Advisor;
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application and throughout tenure as a Peer Advisor;
- Maximum number of credit hours per semester is 16. Additional hours must have prior approval from the coordinator;
- PAs must keep at least two week nights (Mon-Thurs) free from 6:00 pm on for on-call duties, programs/events and meeting scheduling;
- The Peer Advisor position must take first priority over all other extra-curricular activities;
- Students may hold other employment off-campus while a Peer Advisor, but must have prior approval from the coordinator;
- Students may not be on University payroll for another paid position on campus while serving in a Peer Advisor position;
- Agree to a full academic year (August through May) commitment pending successful evaluation from supervisor (summer employment may be available);
- Peer Advisors must attend fall training, starting August 1, 2021 (all hires) until the first day of classes, and spring training, starting in January 2022 until the first day of classes;
- All applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States; and
- All applicants must submit information for a background check.
- Compensation for peer advisors will include a private 1-bedroom suite, 1-bedroom apartment (furnished or unfurnished) or 2-bedroom apartment (furnished or unfurnished) in the area assigned and a monthly gross stipend of $168. Peer advisors assigned to a residence hall will be given an unlimited meal plan. The pay rate increases after the first full year of employment to a monthly gross stipend of $213. If there is a break in employment longer than a summer, the pay rate will go back to the original stipend.
- Peer Advisors assigned to a residence hall will be provided a Comet 14 meal plan.
- Employment will begin approximately Aug. 1, 2021 and end the Saturday after final exams in May 2022.
- Oct. 12, 2020
Online Application opens
- Nov. 11, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Application, Resume, and Video due for Spring Applicants
- Nov. 30, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Application, Reference Letters, and Video Due for 2021-2022 Applicants
Second Round Interviews
- March 12, 2021
Final Decision Letters sent via email
- March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Acceptance Letters due to Residential Life