Peer Advisors (PA) are UT Dallas student employees who live on campus and provide
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
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
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2019 Interest Session Dates
All students interested in applying to be a PA MUST attend an interest session. These sessions
great chance to
meet current peer advisors and coordinators. The sessions cover PA job requirements and the
Interest sessions are a good chance for applicants to ask questions of current PAs and the
2019 Dates to Come
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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,
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
- Facilitate the social, academic, and personal growth environment living in University
Village or University
- Maintain continual communication with the residents in their assigned community and
- Complete community development requirements and work to build community, which includes
activities, facilitating community meetings, being active in the Residential Housing
Association, and organizing
- Support the University rules and regulations, including following and enforcing
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
break, and spring break;
- Respond to emergencies as they occur and communicate information timely and effectively
- Attend and participate in all staff meetings, staff training sessions, retreats and
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Peer Advisor position must take first priority over all other extra-curricular
- Students may hold other employment off-campus while a Peer Advisor, but must have prior
approval from the
- Students may not be on University payroll for another paid position on campus while
serving in a Peer Advisor
- 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, 2019 (all hires) until the
first day of classes, and
spring training, starting in January 2020 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 or apartment 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.
- Employment will begin approximately Aug. 1, 2019 and end the Saturday after final exams
in May 2020.
Oct. 8, 2018
Online Application Opens
Nov. 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Application, Reference Letters, and Video Due for Spring Applicants
Nov. 30, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Application, Reference Letters,
and Video Due for 2019-2020
Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2019
Feb. 6, to Feb. 20, 2019
Feb. 20, 2019
Feb. 25, 2019 to March 8, 2019
Second Round Interviews
March 15, 2019
Final Decision Letters Sent
March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Acceptance Letters Due