Peer Leadership Recruitment

​​​​​​​2017 Peer Leaders - group 2Mission Statement:

To enhance student success by our leadership.

Peer Leadership is a reflection of your positive attitude, exemplary academic work, and interpersonal skills, which can be seen in first-year students as they progress in their adjustment to university life.

Interested in serving as a Peer Leader for GEP 101?

2017 Peer leaders - group 1Peer Leader Brochure


  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 30 credit hours completed
  • Enrollment in IDS 310, a 1-credit hour course for leadership instruction at no cost to the student
  • Completion of Peer Leader training
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • High standards of ethics and integrity
  • Respect for the University and its students, faculty, and staff
  • Desire to serve others

More Information

2021 Peer Leader Information Sheet

Attend one of our three optional Information Sessions for more information and to get your questions answered:
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 11:00-11:30 a.m., via Zoom
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 5:00-5:30 p.m., via Zoom
  • Tuesday, February 23rd, 1:00-1:30 p.m., via Zoom


Applications must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th. Applications can be submitted via email to or in person at Meyer Library 116 (Center for Academic Success and Transition).

New Peer Leader Applicants

2021 New Peer Leader application​​​​​​​

To apply:

  • Download the 2021 New Peer Leader application and save it to your computer.
  • Open with Adobe Reader.
  • Complete the application form and save the file
  • Submit the application by:
  • For references, you can download and print the reference form to give to your references or the reference form can be filled out online through the link below. The references must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th.

Peer Leader Faculty/Staff Reference form - to complete online

Peer Leader Faculty/Staff Reference form - to print

Returning Peer Leader Applicants

2021 Returning Peer Leader application

To apply:

Save the Date for Peer Leader Training!

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Additional Peer Leader information

IDS 310 Leadership Seminar

Prerequisite: Permission by department head, Dr. Kelly Wood, upon completion of training workshop.

IDS 310 is a one credit hour leadership course for students who serve as Peer Leaders. Applicants must have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and have completed the Peer Leaders Training Workshop. If not covered by scholarship, First-Year Programs will pay for the course. There will be no additional cost to students.

Duties of a Peer Leader

Helping students (answering questions, being a resource, and solving problems); becoming acquainted and working with lead instructor; assisting with class activities and teaching; developing positive relationships with students; making a difference in lives of freshmen and seeing progress in their adjustment to college.

Personal Rewards

Meeting with other Peer Leaders; sharing experiences (effective techniques, helpful resources, and problem solving); making new friendships; having a positive support system; networking; and developing leadership skills.

Responsibilities of a Peer Leader

  • Attend and take part in all class periods of the assigned GEP 101 section.
  • Serve as a role model for new students in academics, personal conduct, and leadership.
  • Assist in planning the syllabus and course content--meeting each week with the GEP 101 instructor.
  • Assist instructor by conducting tours and acquiring speakers.
  • Present information or material and lead occasional class discussions.
  • Serve as liaison between instructor and students.
  • Enroll in IDS 310, Leadership Seminar.

Benefits for Peer Leaders

  • Make a difference in the lives of first-year students
  • Obtain many skills to highlight a variety of jobs
  • Receive GEP 101 and IDS 310 textbooks and Peer Leader apparel
  • Earn 1 credit hour for IDS 310, Leadership Seminar, each semester of service to a maximum of 3 credits at no cost to the student
  • Receive 16 hours of university service hours
  • Meet other leaders on campus to collaborate on ideas and share resources


Contact First-Year Programs (in the Center for Academic Success and Transition).

Phone: 417-836-8343


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