Core Design Program

Mentoring

Core Peer Mentoring Program
Students who are interested in foundations design and design pedagogy are invited to apply to the Core Peer Mentor Program. This program allows advanced students to work alongside professors with students in first-year design studios, as well as participate in a seminar about design teaching.

Students with junior, senior or graduate standing may apply. Graduate students are strongly encouraged. In some rare cases, sophomore students are considered.

Peer mentors are required to spend at least 2 hours per week in their assigned studio section and participate in 1-2 additional weekend workshops. Being available to first-year students outside regularly scheduled studio time is preferable, but not a requirement.

Students who are accepted into the program are automatically enrolled in the Design Leadership Seminar, DSN S 302. The seminar is structured differently for DSN S 102 and DSN S 131 to reflect the learning objectives and course content for each studio. Make sure to review the syllabi for both the studio in which you want to be a mentor (DSN S 102 or DSN S 131) and its related seminar before submitting your application to the program.

Students may apply to be a peer mentor in either DSN S 102 or DSN S 131, but not both. Duplicate applications will not be accepted.

Application Forms

Application deadlines: June 15 for Fall, Nov. 1 for Spring
Notification deadlines: July 15 for Fall, Oct. 1 for Spring

For DSN S 102, send applications to Patience Lueth, popiyo@iastate.edu
For DSN S 131, send applications to Chuck Richards, chuckric@iastate.edu

Core Learning Community Peer Mentors
Design Exchange peer mentors provide information and advice as well as plan, promote and facilitate programs in areas of personal and academic development for first-year students in this year-long, residential learning community.

They are also responsible for linking residents to appropriate academic support resources and conducting monthly interviews with design students. The peer mentor and the CA are key staff members who work together to develop a community conducive to student success by encouraging positive behaviors and addressing behaviors that are detrimental to the individual and/or community.

Design Collaborative peer mentors provide information and advice as well as plan, promote and facilitate programs in areas of personal and academic development for first-year students in this one-semester, nonresidential learning community.

Job Descriptions

Design Exchange Peer Mentor-Nonresidential job description (PDF)
Design Collaborative Peer Mentor job description (PDF)

2018-2019 Application

Peer Mentor Application (both Design Exchange and Design Collaborative) (PDF) (This will be posted at the beginning of spring semester 2018)

Deadline

Applications must be returned to the Design Student Services Office, 297 Design, by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.