Peer Academic Leaders

What is a Peer Academic Leader (PAL)?

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) offer mentoring, academic support, and present relevant programs to all of our resident students. PALs are ambassadors within the residence halls who promote engagement with the residential community, involvement on campus, celebration of WPU traditions, and student leadership. PALs are role models and friends to all in the WPU residential community. As role models, PALs should possess good study habits, be engaged with campus life, and be positive members of the WPU residential community. 

PALs help our resident students to establish a sense of belonging on campus and to make William Paterson feel like their home. They work to create a fun and vibrant environment which encourages academic success, leadership, and civility. 

Who can be a PAL at WPU?

Before becoming a Peer Academic Leader, several qualifications need to be met.  PALs need to meet/have:

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students who are registered full-time and in good standing with the University Community and Office of Residence Life. 
  • Applicants must have sophomore, junior or senior class, with one full semester at William Paterson University.
  • Applicants may not hold the PAL position while also serving as a Resident Assistant (RA).
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing. While in the PAL position a cumulative and semester GPA of at least a 3.0 must be kept.

What are the duties of the PAL position?

  • Programming: Create and implement educational, community building, and outreach programs in residence halls.
  • Mentoring & Tutoring: Serve as a general support/referral for students with academic or personal issues or questions.
  • Community Building & Leadership: Foster/encourage involvement with campus life through participation with particular WPU Residence Life programs and attendance at campus events.
  • Staff Collaboration: Work collaboratively with all staff in WPU Department of Residence Life, staff in the Academic Support Center, and staff in other departments on campus.
  • Administration: General administrative work; attend weekly meetings as arranged by PAL supervisor.


What are the benefits of being a PAL?

  • Gain valuable leadership experience and other job related skills to help prepare you for your future career. 
  • Get to know other students on campus and help to build a positive residential community.
  • All PALs receive $8.25 per hour and can work a maximum of 25 hours per week.

Sounds Great!  How do I apply?

The PAL application process for the Spring 2014 semester has begun. Applications are available in the Residence Life Office, located in the lower level of White Hall, until Friday, January 24, 2014. Completed applications should be submitted back to the Residence Life Office on or before Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Interviews for the position will take place on February 3, 2014 and February 4, 2014.


Please contact the Assistant Director for Residential Academic Programs and Services, Christine Smith, at

Dates To Remember

PAL Selection for the Spring 2014 Semester has begun!

  • PAL applications available until Friday, January 24, 2014
  • Applications due by Wednesday, January 29, 2014
  • Interviews held on Monday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 4
  • PAL Training on Sunday, February 9, 2014