Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline for selection?

How many Orientation Leaders will be selected?

I am planning to study abroad next year. Can I still apply?

I am studying abroad right now. Can I still apply?

I am planning to live in thematic housing or Greek housing next year. Can I still be an Orientation Leader?

I am a fall sport athlete. Can I still be an Orientation Leader?

How is the Orientation Leader position similar to/different from previous student leader roles in the Student Life Division and the Office of Residential Life?

Can I be an Orientation Leader AND a PRE Leader/Proctor/FYP Mentor?

What is the timeline for selection?

All applications should be submitted online by 11:59pm on Monday, April 9th. After all applications have been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited to participate in an individual interview in mid-April. Select candidates will then be asked to complete a group interview in late April. Candidates who are unavailable on the scheduled interview dates may be scheduled for a make-up interview date.

 

How many Orientation Leaders will be selected?

The Office of the Deans of Students is looking to hire a team of Orientation Leaders that will best meet the needs of our incoming Class of 2022. We expect to hire around 35-40 Orientation Leaders.

 

I am planning to study abroad next year. Can I still apply?

Yes! As long as you plan to study abroad in the Easter or Summer 2018 terms, you are eligible to be an Orientation Leader. All Orientation Leaders must be able to attend training and Orientation (August 20th – August 28th), and must be enrolled in classes in Sewanee for the Advent 2018 semester.

 

I am studying abroad right now. Can I still apply?

Yes! If you will be a student on campus for the Advent 2018 semester, you may apply. As you are away from Sewanee at the moment, the selection committee will interview you via Skype, Google Hangouts, or another long-distance option. There is space on the application to indicate that you are studying abroad, and we will contact you to make the appropriate interview arrangements.

 

I am planning to live in thematic or Greek housing next year. Can I still be an Orientation Leader?

Yes! You can live wherever you choose, as long as you can reliably travel to/from central campus for Orientation events. You are not required to live in a particular residence hall.

 

I am a fall sport athlete. Can I still be an Orientation Leader?

Yes! While there may be some conflicts between Orientation Leader training and athletic practices, we anticipate being able to work those out such that Orientation Leaders who are also athletes will be able to honor their athletic commitments and fully experience the Orientation Leader position.

 

How is the Orientation Leader position similar to/different from previous student leader roles in the Student Life Division and the Office of Residential Life?

The Orientation Leader is a new position in the Student Life Division that was first introduced in 2016. It does share many responsibilities in common with the prior Assistant Proctor position - namely, a focus on mentoring and welcoming new first-year students to Sewanee. Like the Assistant Proctors in previous years, the Orientation Leaders will be the first faces that new students encounter at Orientation in August, and will act as first-year students' peer mentors during the academic year. Unlike the Assistant Proctors, the Orientation Leaders are NOT required to live in the same building as their student groups, and will not have Residential Life responsibilities for maintaining a residence hall. The Orientation Leaders will still work closely with the Residential Life staff to promote positive norms and build a supportive culture for new Sewanee students. The duration of the Orientation Leader appointment is also shorter, as Orientation Leaders are formally appointed for the Advent semester only.

 

Can I be an Orientation Leader AND a PRE Leader/Proctor/FYP Mentor?

Unfortunately, student leaders may hold only one of these positions at a time. The training for the Orientation Leader position conflicts with either the training or the implementation of the actual program for all of the other positions. As such, it would not be possible to honor all commitments for each position. If you are interested in multiple positions, we encourage you to apply for all that you are interested in and to remove yourself from the selection process for the others if you are offered your first-choice position.