Peer Leadership Recruitment

2017 Peer Leaders - group 1Mission 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 2Requirements

  • 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

2018 Peer Leader Information Sheet

Applications must be received in the First-Year Programs office (University Hall 205) by 4pm on Thursday, March 1st.


New Peer Leader Applicants

  • Download the application and save it to your computer.
  • Open with Adobe Reader.
  • Complete the application form, save the file, print the file, and sign it.
  • For references, you can download and print the reference form to give to your references. The reference form can also be filled out online through the link below.
  • Return the application form (with your two Faculty/Staff References if not completed online) to the First-Year Programs Office (University 205).

2018 New Peer Leader application

Peer Leader faculty/staff reference form - to print

Peer Leader faculty/staff reference form - to complete online

Returning Peer Leader Applicants

  • Download the application and save it to your computer.
  • Open with Adobe Reader.
  • Complete the application form, save the file, print the file and sign it.
  • Return to the First-Year Programs Office (University 205).

2018 Returning Peer Leader application

Save the Date for Peer Leader Training!

Sunday, April 8, 1:00pm-5:00pm, PSU 400.

Other Information

Read more information on what it means to be a Peer Leader. Below you will find more information about the following: IDS 310 Peer Leader Prerequisite, Duties of a Peer Leader, Personal Rewards, Responsibilities of a Peer Leader, and Benefits for Peer Leaders.

IDS 310 Peer Leadership Prerequisite

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 have been selected to 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 participate 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, Peer Leadership.

Benefits for Peer Leaders

  • Experience a unique service opportunity.
  • Learn new leadership skills.
  • Obtain credentials for resume following graduation.
  • Earn one credit hour for IDS 310 each semester of service to a maximum of three credits at no additional cost. (if scholarship doesn't cover it, the first-year programs office pays for the course)
  • Receive textbooks and Peer Leader apparel.


Contact First-Year Programs.

Phone: 417-836-8343


  • 2017 Peer Leaders, group 1

  • 2017 Peer Leaders, group 2

  • 2016 Peer Leaders, group 1

  • 2016 Peer Leaders, group 2

  • 2015 Peer Leaders, group 1

  • 2015 Peer Leaders, group 2

  • 2014 Peer Leaders, group 1

  • 2014 Peer Leaders, group 2

  • 2013 Peer Leaders

  • 2012 Peer Leaders