To Become A Baldwin Mentor

Academic Mentor Job Description

Academic Mentors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who work with Bowdoin students committed to discovering strategies and approaches that will best help achieve their personal academic goals. Mentors work with individual students in weekly 1-1 meetings, small groups, and might be asked to facilitate workshops and study groups. Academic Mentors are hired in April and participate in training in May and August as well as weekly training sessions during each semester.

Academic Mentors are available during advertised hours in the Center for Learning and Teaching, Kanbar Hall, Room 102 and other areas of campus, and also make individual appointments with students at times convenient to both parties. 

Requirements:

  • Applicants for Baldwin mentor positions must be in good academic standing, and must maintain an average of B- or better in all classes during the semester prior to training and while employed.
  • Motivation, interest, enthusiasm, compassion, listening and speaking skills, awareness of bias, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality are essential characteristics of successful mentors.
  • Mentors are required to commit a minimum of 3 hours per week throughout the semester.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learn and practice a variety of learning assessments and study strategies by participating in training and completing weekly readings during work hours.
  • Complete assessments of students' approaches to learning and executive functioning skills (planning, goal setting, etc.).
  • Help students learn new strategies and approaches to improve academic performance.
  • Support students attempting to implement study strategy changes through weekly or biweekly meetings.
  • Be available during regularly scheduled hours to meet with students requesting academic mentoring. Some evening hours may be expected.
  • Maintain organized and complete written records of every mentoring interaction.
  • Maintain complete confidentiality regarding all student information.
  • Meet regularly with Baldwin Program for Academic Development Director.
  • Participate in on-going training throughout the academic year.
  • Organize and present workshops.
  • Other duties as assigned.

For more information contact Baldwin Program Director Kathryn Byrnes (kbyrnes@bowdoin.edu).