Academic Peer Advisors

Puget Sound peer advisors are gearing up for August and a warm welcome to all of our incoming students!

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 para professionals who actively support a unique caseload of advisees (approximately 50 advisees per PA) with important issues such as:

  • Strategies for navigating college-level academic expectations and demands
  • Tips for 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
  • The importance of self-advocating
  • 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 can all 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, committed to protecting the confidentiality of each student while developing strong working relationships with their students, faculty advisors, and university staff.

Peer Advisor working with first-year student


Details about each of our 2018-2019 Peer Advisors:

On Sunday August 19, you will meet your peer advisor. At that time we will activate the PA biographies along with a link to their "Welcome Letter" to you. The table below will also include the names of the first-year advisors (faculty members) that each PA is assisting this year. You can also use this page to find your PAs official OFFICE HOURS (office located in Howarth 114 E) as well as a list of any times you can find them in their favorite campus café, ready to answer any questions or just be a supportive and friendly face in the crowd.

Your peer advisor will email, call, or text you (you choose the preferred method of contact) at least once a month, offering tips for academic success, suggestions for how to connect with campus resources, strategies for course planning and registration, as well as reminders about important academic dates, campus events, and suggestions for how to enjoy Tacoma to the fullest.

Your peer advisors are 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, helpful during registration, and someone to reach out to if they needed additional academic coaching or information about important campus resources

The bottom line is that your PA is a wealth of knowledge and are eager to help. So start 2018 off on the right foot, be good to your PA! Respond when they reach out to you, show up to your appointments, say hello when you see them around campus, and just feel confident knowing they are there to offer you support whenever you decide you need it.








Office: Howarth 114E

Cafe: Diversions or Oppenheimer