Peer Instructors

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First Year Seminar Peer Instructors

Peer Instructors (PIs) are undergraduate students who assist FYS instructors and serve as mentors to FYS students. PIs not only assist with in-class instruction but may also lead activities and discussions. PIs also play a mentorship role by making themselves available to offer in- and out-of-class guidance and support.

Peer Instructors:

  • Build leadership and presentation skills
  • Serve as a resource for the freshman students in the course
  • Gain teaching and leadership experience
  • Build positive relationships with faculty, staff, and FYS students
  • Have an opportunity to make a positive impact on Auburn’s campus

FYS Instructors:

  • Gain valuable insights by working with a PI who was recently a first-year student.
  • Have the opportunity to share responsibility for leading class activities and discussions.
  • Help PIs become more comfortable presenting to and mentoring peers.

Instructors are encouraged to meet with their PI once a week to plan for upcoming classes. These meetings generally include delineating responsibilities for designing effective lesson plans and activities.

Instructors requesting to have a PI may choose to recommend a student for the position or request that one be assigned to them. Students who wish to become a PI must complete the application process. Details regarding the PI application process will be emailed to all FYS instructors.