First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Peer Instructors

Fall peer instructors craft a syllabus, lead classroom discussions and activities, and assess student work for the extended orientation portion of FYE during the fall. Under the supervision of the First-Year Experience program, these students teach one section of extended orientation on their own. Students must have been a peer leader for FYE 1220 or a MAP Sponsor to apply.

Applications for Fall 2017 Peer Instructors are now closed. Please check back December 2017 for Summer/Fall 2018 applications.

Peer Instructor Responsibilities
  • Attend all training sessions and meetings
  • Send finished syllabus to FYE by July  31, 2018
  • Teach the extended orientation portion of FYE 1220 using the Extended Orientation Folio modules and associated dropboxes provided by FYE
  • Serve as a resource for students in their section of FYE 1220 by holding posted office hours in the First-Year Experience office
  • Communicate with the assigned seminar portion instructor about syllabus, early alerts and final grades
Peer Instructor Expectations
  • Put aside racial, sexual and personal bias in order to meet first-year student needs
  • Help first-year students acclimate to college life by providing a safe, accepting and helpful environment
  • Use positive peer influence to promote a healthy, supportive and respectful educational environment
  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviors inside and outside of the classroom
  • Help students reach their academic, social and personal goals by referring them to appropriate campus resources and professionals based on individual needs
Peer Instructor Time Commitments

The following time commitments are required of ALL peer instructors. Peer instructors who cannot meet the requirements will be asked to leave their position. Please see the 2018 Timeline below for specific dates and times regarding meetings and training. 

Spring 2018

  • Attend six hours of peer instructor training
  • Attend one Folio training session
  • Communicate with the assigned seminar instructor to begin FYE 1220 class planning

 Summer 2018

  • Submit a completed syllabus to FYE by July 31st

 Fall 2018

  • Meet with Kimberlee Yontz or LaNesha McCann before school begins to finalize course details and receive roster
  • Submit all required payment paperwork by the deadlines given
  • Hold weekly office hours in the FYE office while their course is meeting
  • Plan and teach all eight lesson plans for the assigned extended orientation section using the extended orientation Folio modules and associated assignments provided by FYE
  • Take attendance every class for the assigned extended orientation section
  • Grade all coursework in the assigned extended orientation section within 48 hours after the assignment due date
  • Make weekly contact with the FYE office to discuss how the course is progressing
  • Respond to student emails or phone calls
  • Submit final grades to FYE and the assigned seminar professor one week after the final day of class
Academic Requirements

To be considered, applicants must have:

  • Served as a peer leader for FYE 1220 or have experience as a MAP Sponsor
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • A clear judicial record
Logistics of Peer Instructing for FYE 1220

FYE 1220 has two component parts that together total two credit hours: twenty-five percent of the total course grade comes from the “extended orientation” component of FYE 1220; seventy-five percent of the course comes from the academic, theme-based “seminar” component. All peer instructors teach one extended orientation section of FYE 1220, and are paired with the seminar instructor teaching the same section. The Seminar Faculty develop a special-topics course for the seminar component suitable for first-year students. Students, in turn, select their section of FYE 1220 based on the theme for the course. The idea is that all students should take a course that truly interests them in a format that promotes interaction during their first year. In the seminar portion of the course, students develop research skills revolving around information literacy, documentation and avoiding plagiarism.

The Extended Orientation

In this portion of the class, students learn about campus resources, time management, study skills, and academic advising in addition to reflecting broadly on their college experience.

For specific learning outcomes for both the seminar and the extended orientation components, click here.

What’s in it for Me?
Peer instructors receive a total of $340 for teaching FYE 1220. Alternately, peer instructors may elect to earn volunteer hours.
2018 Peer Instructor Timeline

The Fall 2017/Spring 2018 calendar will be available soon. Check back for specific dates.

* Six hours of regular peer instructor training and one hour of Folio training is required for ALL peer instructors. Students who cannot make it to training sessions or meetings due to other requirements must (1) inform LaNesha McCann of their upcoming absence and (2) schedule a make-up training date with LaNesha and (3) complete training makeup work BEFORE attending the make-up training meeting.

How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2017 Peer Instructors are now closed. Please check back December 2017 for Summer/Fall 2018 applications.

For more information or questions regarding your Fall 2018 Peer Instructor Application contact LaNesha McCann at

Last updated: 8/21/2017

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