First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Peer Academic Advisors

During the fall, FYE utilizes the expertise of Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs) in the advising process. While every undeclared student also meets with a professional advisor at least once every semester until he or she declares, the PAA provides a student perspective that many undergraduates find essential. PAA duties include pre-advisement meetings for students with more than 30 hours and initial check-in advisement for all undeclared students visiting our office. They also help monitor the flow into and out of the office and follow up with students who have not come in for their appointments, contacting students by phone and email.

In the summer, PAAs assist in conducting major exploration activities at SOAR by preparing various materials, files, and documents for use in the SOAR advisement sessions. Other duties are assigned as they arise.

Peer Academic Advisor Expectations
  • Put aside racial, sexual, and personal bias in order to meet first-year student needs
  • Use peer influence to promote First-Year Experience and Georgia Southern
  • Be aware that you represent the FYE office at all times
  • Be welcoming to all faculty, staff, and students in the office
  • Create a welcoming environment for first-year students to discuss academic and personal issues
Peer Academic Advisor Time Commitments
  • Be on time for each shift
  • Attend several trainings throughout the semester
  • Represent the office at recruitment events
Academic Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
What’s in it for Me?

Working in a fun, dynamic office with other individuals interested in helping first-year students succeed. This is an opportunity to give back to the Georgia Southern community. The reward is knowing that you have helped first-year students find their majors and make informed academic choices. Being a Peer Academic Advisor provides practical experience to hone leadership skills and to learn more about Georgia Southern. It can also lead to other types of leadership positions both within the FYE office and elsewhere on campus.

If you have additional questions about the Peer Academic Advisement program, contact Shane Clark at


Last updated: 1/31/2017

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