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Peer Success Leader (PSL)

Peer Success Leaders at Clemson University's Academic Success Center, Clemson SC

Information for Student Employees

  • What is a peer success leader (PSL)?

    Peer success leaders, or PSLs, are a meaningful resource and positive representation of the Academic Success Center (ASC). PSLs make connections with their peers who are struggling academically to assist them in achieving academic success. This is done in a variety of environments, including the CU 1010 class, academic workshops, and more.

  • Who uses PSL?

    PSL is available to any student looking for help with study strategies and time management. It is especially recommended for students on probation.

  • What are my responsibilities as a PSL?

    As a PSL, you will build general knowledge of study strategies, time management, and presentation skills, choosing one area of focus. This is a versatile job, but you will essentially be an ASC presenter and peer coach. As an ASC presenter you will:

    • collaborate with other PSLs and ASC staff to present workshops and other programs to students,
    • assist the ASC with on-campus events,
    • and attend all ASC training sessions throughout the fall and spring semesters.

    As a peer coach, you will:

    • provide in-class facilitation for CU 1010,
    • facilitate discussion with students in both one-on-one and group settings to find solutions for academic and self-management difficulties,
    • and observe ASC staff to learn the practice of coaching.
  • What is the job like?

    Students selected as PSLs will be employed by the ASC. You will earn $9/hour upon training completion. There is potential for an increase in pay with experience. In the fall, in addition to the one-hour credit class CU 1110, you should expect to work two to three hours/week. In the spring, your hours will increase to five to six hours/week.

  • What are the requirements for being a PSL?

    PSLs must meet the following requirements:

    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 and consistent academic performance
    • Enrollment in CU 1110, a one-hour for-credit class, in the fall semester
    • Sophomore status by the fall semester

    PSLs should possess a willingness to learn and a desire to grow professionally. To best help their peers, applicants should be personable and approachable. Finally, applicants who have shown resilience in past adverse situations are best-suited to this position because they can use that experience to help their peers.

  • How do I apply?

    If you are interested in this position, please fill out an application. The application includes two references. Hard copies can be found on the resource table on the second floor of the ASC. Electronic copies can be obtained by emailing Emma Reynolds. Completed applications can be emailed to this address. They can also be submitted in hard-copy form at the reception desk on the second floor of the ASC.

  • How are PSLs trained?

    In this new position, PSLs will be trained in skill development, theories of student development, and presentation methods. This training will come in two forms:

    • Participation in CU 1110, a one-hour, for-credit course in the fall semester
    • Attendance at ASC workshops

    More information about both of these forms of training can be found below.


  • What is CU 1110?

    CU 1110 – Introduction to Supplemental Instruction is the main training requirement for being a PSL. Here are some quick facts about this class:

    • Credit hours: 1
    • Instructors: Emma Reynolds and Ashley Crisp
    • Meeting time: Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:20
    • Required text: The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey
    • Grading format: pass/fail
    • Unexcused absences permitted: 1 (the content of the missed day must be made up)

    There may also be some people in the course who are not PSLs, so a list of training objectives specific to PSLs can be obtain from Emma Reynolds.

  • What will I learn in CU 1110?

    As a prospective PSL, you will develop and reinforce interpersonal relationship skills in:

    • listening,
    • decision-making,
    • communicating,
    • group dynamics,
    • leadership,
    • assertiveness,
    • time management,
    • problem solving,
    • and conflict resolution.

  • What will I do in CU 1110?

    There are several assignments associated with CU 1110:

    • Completion of assigned readings
    • Participation in class discussion
    • Observation of presentations and completion of case-study analyses
    • Creation of two lesson plans for presentations
    • Presentation of a skill builder activity with another class member
    • Spontaneous Strategy Recall when called upon in class
    • A Peer Success Leader Portfolio at the end of the semester
    • Setting semester goals for growth as a PSL
    • A cover letter and résumé
    • Attendance at an ASC-sponsored workshop

  • How do I complete the workshop portion of the training?

    Every week you should complete at least one hour of general training by going to workshops. By the end of the semester, you should complete 15-30 hours of general training. You will be paid for these hours. Some training opportunities are listed below.

    Training Opportunity



    iLearn Workshops


    Limit of 3

    ASC Workshops


    Limit of 6
    Must be different ones

    SI Observation


    Limit of 2

    Open Lab Hours

    Mondays at 3:30 pm and/or Wednesdays at 2:30 pm
    Located in Watt 323

    Work on presentations in ASC
    Instructors present for guidance
    PSLs present for moral support and ideas
    (For more on open-lab hours, see below)

    BUS 1010


    One hour at a time

    Tiger SpeakOut



  • What are open-lab hours?

    As a PSL, you will get paid for any work completed in open-lab hours. You cannot work on your class assignments during this period. Your lab hours can be used to:

    • build workshops or presentations for campus partnerships or future use,
    • practice presenting workshops and presentations to your peers,
    • listen to and evaluate other PSLs’ presentations,
    • establish partnerships with campus contacts,
    • and/or interview ASC staff members to learn more about the services they offer.