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 the Ubuntu interaction philosophy through engagement with the residential community, involvement on campus, positive communication, celebration of WPU traditions, kind actions, 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. Maintain communication, outreach, and support with designated student case load.

  • Community Building & Leadership: Foster/encourage the (Ubuntu Philosophy) small actions of kindness, positive communication, positive self-care and participation in campus life.

  • Staff Collaboration: Work closely with all staff in WPU Department of Residence Life as well as collaborate with staff in the Academic Support Center, and staff in other departments on campus.

  • Administration: Submit weekly reports, carry out routine e-mail communications with student case load and attend weekly meetings as well as one on one meetings 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 are paid at an hourly rate and can work a maximum of 25 hours per week.

Sounds Great!  How do I apply?

All future selection processes will be advertised to the campus community via campus announcements, printed postings and the WPUNJ webpage. 


Please contact the Office of Residence Life at 973.720.2714.

PAL Selection Process

The Office of Residence Life is currently seeking to hire additional Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)... Please click here for more information on the current selection process.