Peer Teaching Assistant/Mentor

The PEERS (Providing Encouragement to Empower and Retain Students) Program helps new Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian freshmen students have a smooth transition to university life by assisting in selected First Year Seminar (FYS) courses. The Peer Teaching Assistant/Mentors (PTA/M) will be part of the NASS team whose goals are to:

  • Explore local and global current issues challenging society
  • Problem solve and work together with students and other PTA/Ms
  • Learn how to access resources through power mapping and relational work
  • Experience a unique and hands-on first year experience
  • Gain valuable leadership skills
  • Explore a variety of programs the university and City of Flagstaff offers
  • Engage in thoughtful, meaningful, and challenging coursework in the First Year Seminar program and across disciplines.

Become a Peer Teaching Assistant/Mentor

As an peer mentor teaching assistant, you will:

  • mentor First Year Seminar (FYS) and Second Year Seminar (SYS) students in and out of the classroom
  • promote and participate in events/programs of the Native American Student Services department
  • enhance your leadership skills
  • guide new Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students to campus resources
  • assist in recruiting and retaining college students
  • build professional development knowledge
  • have opportunities for public speaking
  • gain programming and facilitation experience
  • contribute to assessment of PTA/Mentor role within the special FYS and SYS courses under the University College and Native American Student Services partnership


In order to be a Peer Teaching Assistant/Mentor, you must:

  • be currently enrolled as a full-time Flagstaff campus student
  • be sophomore status or higher (30 units or more) as an undergraduate student
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • be able to work a minimum of 10 hours and up to a maximum of 15 hours per week
  • be available to work during the academic year (fall and spring terms)
  • have two years of experience living and/or working with Native American populations
  • be able to submit all required application information
  • have a clean background record
  • be committed to completing required training

For more information, contact Sharon Doctor at 928-523-6960 or email