Peer Academic Leaders

What is a Peer Academic Leader (PAL)?

PALs are responsible for helping resident students, mainly first-year students successfully transition to William Paterson University and become engaged members of the campus community. Peer Academic Leaders help all residents succeed academically and encourage their involvement with campus life. 

What are the duties of the PAL position?

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

  • First Year Student Support: Serve as a general support/referral for students with academic or personal issues or questions. Maintain communication, outreach, and support with designated group of students.

  • Programming: Create and implement educational, community building, and outreach programs in residence halls.

  • 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 students and attend weekly meetings as well as one on one meetings arranged by PAL supervisor.

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 have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and be in good academic, student conduct, and financial standing. While in the PAL position a cumulative and semester GPA of at least a 3.0 must be kept.
  • 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).

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 of $9.00 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.