Academic Peer Advising

This webpage will give you more details about the Academic Peer Advisor Program, including who your peer advisor is, how to contact them, and where to find them.

What is an Academic Peer Advisor?                    

Academic peer advisors work under the direction of The Office of Academic Advising to assist faculty advisors in their efforts to help incoming students (first-year and transfer students) successfully transition to the academic rigor of college life. These junior or senior Loggers are highly organized paraprofessionals who actively support a unique caseload of advisees (approximately 50 advisees per PA) on important issues such as: 

  • Registering for classes
  • Navigating college-level academic expectations and demands 
  • Effectively communicating with professors
  • Navigating the ins and outs of registration
  • Assisting with short- and long-term academic planning including exploring and/or planning a major/minor
  • Encouraging incoming students to be their own best advocates 
  • Connecting to academic support services (i.e. The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching for subject tutors, college-level writing support, etc.)
  • Dealing with periods of academic difficulty

First-year students, faculty advisors, and other constituents across campus attest to how peer advisors are respected and highly successful student employees who help foster academic success at Puget Sound. 

To provide these services, our peer advisors are knowledgeable about and experienced with academic policies and regulations, dependable in the performance of their specific duties, proactive in reaching out to their advisees, supportive of academic advisors, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of their advisees. They are trained paraprofessional employees of the university who are committed to protecting the confidentiality of each student while developing strong working relationships with them, their faculty advisors, and university staff.

PAs at play

Farewell to our 2018-2019 Academic Peer Advisors

The Office of Academic Advising thanks all of its dedicated and professional peer advisors that worked to support Puget Sound's first-year students over this past year. Your commitment to helping others adjust to college-level academics, and all of the changes that come with it, was inspiring and your advisees felt genuinely supported. We saw you manage hundreds of face-to-face meetings, navigate difficult conversations, and provide supportive guidance to direct your advisees to the appropriate campus resources. We wish all of our graduating seniors the best of luck as they move on to other amazing opportunities. Thankfully, Academic Advising will welcome back Ellis Collison, Amanda Foster, Jordan Taylor, and Veronica Lewis to our 2019-2020 peer advising team. We are also thrilled to have Nia Henderson return as the PA coordinator! 

Meet your 2019-2020 Academic Peer Advisors

Coming Soon!

We are in the process of completing the peer advisor assignments for Fall 2019. We expect to have these details posted here by mid August. Incoming students will be able to confirm who their new academic peer advisor is by for the name of the professor leading their advising class. The PA assigned to that advisor will be your academic advisor for the entire year.

The table below includes the name of your academic peer advisor and the first-year faculty advisor they are assisting this year. You can also use this table to find your PA's official OFFICE HOURS (office located in Howarth Hall 114 E; inside the Office of Academic Advising), as well as a list of times they are available for drop in appointments. To read more about your PA, click on the link to their personal biography and welcome letter to you.

Your peer advisor is an endless resource for you here at Puget Sound. They love to help, and as upper-class students, they really know the secret to academic success. A recent survey of first-year students and faculty advisors indicate that PAs are seen as authentic, caring, and informed peers, highly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of university policies and procedures, a great resource when selecting courses and exploring possible majors, invaluable during registration, and someone to reach out to if you need additional academic coaching or information about important campus resources

New PA information to be added soon