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2018 Transfer Orientation Peer Adviser (TOPA) Information

The Orientation Office invites applicants for the Transfer Orientation Peer Adviser (TOPA) position. TOPAs are a diverse group of undergraduate students who have transferred to JMU and play a critical role in the success of JMU’s transfer orientation programs. These programs prepare students to be active and authentic participants in the James Madison University learning experience. TOPAs do this by being a mentor and role model and providing direction and support to new transfer students and their families. They represent JMU through professional and competent behavior while accurately depicting life as a student of James Madison University.  

We strongly encourage current students who have transferred to JMU of all backgrounds, majors, involvement, and interests to apply. As a TOPA, you will enhance your leadership skills, develop a deeper connection to campus and enhance your communication and customer service skills, all while providing support to transfer students in their transition to James Madison University. A portion of this year's application is turned in online and other portions must be turned in by the applicant to the Orientation Office in SSC 2200 (across from the Bistro) no later than Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. If you want more information about the TOPA position, please attend one of the following information sessions. Please note, attendance at information sessions is not required to apply.

Wednesday, November 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Student Success Center 1075
Tuesday, December 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Student Success Center 1075

The Selection Process

There are two stages in the selection process:

  1. Application Review (application due date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.)
  2. Individual Interviews (January 10-12, 16, 2018)

All candidates with completed applications will receive an individual interview. The selection process will be completed and candidates will be notified the week of January 15. 

Apply to be a TOPA

  1. Read the TOPA Position Description.
  2. Review and prepare documents that need to be handed into the Orientation Office (see pages 1-2 on the Position Description).
  3. Submit the online portion of the application.
  4. One of your references must submit the TOPA Online Reference Form.

All application materials are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

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