What is the purpose of Peer Leadership?
Peer leadership provides opportunities for students to guide, educate, and support fellow students in becoming successful at Austin Peay State University.
APSU 1000 Peer Leader
APSU 1000 Peer Leaders are upperclassmen student leaders who provide an immediate support network to first-year students. Peer leaders will help first-year students adjust to the University, develop a better understanding of campus resources and skills essential for academic success.
Each section of APSU 1000 is supported by a Peer Leader, who will attend all class meetings, and support the University faculty or staff member they are paired with to enhance the student’s experience.
Peer leaders have the opportunity to explore their leadership potential, learn techniques about facilitating dialogue, and developing skills for mentoring both inside and outside of the classroom.
APSU 1000 Senior Peer Leader
The Senior Peer Leader role is a leadership position open to returning Peer Leaders who will serve as a facilitator, resource, role model, and representative of the APSU 1000 program. Senior Peer Leaders will assist the Student Success Coordinators in recruiting, training, and communicating with Peer Leaders.
Information About Leadership Framework
The Student Success area received APSU 1000 and the Peer Leader Program during the Spring 2016 semester. Beginning Spring 2017, changes were implemented to move towards certifying the Peer Leader development program. To be considered for the Peer Leader position, all students must participate in the following LDSP courses below.
Each of the following courses are offered through the Department of Leadership and Organization Administration in collaboration with the Student Success area. Students are encouraged to seek a Leadership minor.
- LDSP 4518 – Vital Topics in Leadership (1 hour): All students interested in becoming an APSU 1000 must enroll in LDSP 4518. . This course is designed as development for students interested in serving in peer leadership positions. At the completion of the course students may be selected to serve in certain positions however successful completion of the course does not guarantee a position. This course is only offered in the spring.
- LDSP 4519 – Vital Topics in Leadership (1 hour): This course is designed as a practical experience for students selected to serve as a peer leader for the APSU 1000 program in the fall semester. All students in the course will be matched in an APSU 1000 section concurrently.
- LDSP 4520 – Vital Topics in Leadership (1 hour): This course is offered only to students who plan to return as a peer leader for future semesters. LDSP 4520 is a practical application of the leadership skills learned in LDSP 4518 and LDSP 4519 and is only offered in the spring semesters. This course capstone course of the LDSP course sequence required for Peer Leaders.
Peer Leader Certification
The Peer Leader program through Student Success has earned Level III International Mentoring Training Program Certification (IMTPC) from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). All Peer Leaders are encouraged to obtain a certification level.
The following describes the certification process for our employees.
- Level I: Regular Certification - Must complete required training and obtain 50 hours of mentoring experience
- Level II: Advanced Certification – Level I Certification plus 10 additional hours of training and obtain 75 hours of mentoring experience
- Level III: Master Certification – Level II Certification plus 10 additional hours of training total 35 hours and obtain 100 hours of mentoring experience