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Application Timeline

If you are interested in applying for a position of PASS leader for Fall 2024, read the following information and complete the application on this page. Candidates will be contacted in late April .

Position Summary

The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) leader is a student who facilitates group study sessions for students who are enrolled in a supported section of courses where students historically have a high rate of receiving D's and F's, or withdrawing.

PASS offers a different approach than tutoring. The PASS leader plans and facilitates sessions where students help each other learn . During PASS students build routine and effective study habits with their peers. In this supportive environment where students are challenged and supported by leaders, students feel comfortable asking questions, and explaining ideas and concepts to each other.

Peer leaders work closely with the professors of the PASS course assigned and report to the JMU Learning Centers PASS Coordinators Matt Trybus and Yang Liu.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade of A or B in the selected courses taken at the University.
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at James Madison University.
  • Availability to attend all scheduled lectures for the course as a PASS leader.
  • Availability to work approximately 8-10 hours per week, including evenings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • A passion for helping fellow students learn and succeed.
  • Expert time management skills and ability to commit to a chosen schedule.

Typical Weekly Duties

  • Attend all class meetings and take notes for the assigned course section – 3 hrs.
  • Plan and facilitate two structured, 50-minute weekly study sessions, which are open to all students enrolled in the supported course section – 2 hrs.
  • Session planning and administrative time – up to 3 hrs.
  • Attend peer leader training and ongoing professional development workshops throughout the semester - 1 hr.
  • Submit required paperwork, such as the attendance records for PASS session 
  • Communicate clearly with the PASS Coordinator and course faculty regarding session plans

Other Duties

  • Complete pre-semester training – 4 hrs.
  • Complete 1 PASS session peer observation – 1 hr.
  • Other projects or duties as discussed and assigned.


  • Get paid bi-weekly.
  • Establish professional relationships with faculty, TAs, and JMU staff.
  • Develop leadership, academic, and teamwork skills.
  • Add student leadership experience to your resume.


To Apply:

Fill in the application form here.

(Notes: You need to log in to you JMU account to fill in the application form.)


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