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Peer Academic Advisors

Peer Academic Advisors are current Mason students that assist the Center for Academic Advising, Retention & Transitions advise fellow students. The Peer Academic Advisors, or PAAs as they’re often called, have become an integral part of the office as they are able to provide student insight on courses, schedules, campus activities and more.

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Meet our summer 2014 PAAs!

LaDesha Batten

LaDesha Batten, Junior, Psychology major

Bisma Fazeen

Bisma Fazeen, Sophomore, Global Affairs major

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson, Sophomore, Systems Engineering major

Dana Menking

Dana Menking, Senior, Management major

Melanie Miles

Melanie Miles, Junior, English major

Gabby Nelson

Gabby Nelson, Sophomore, English major



Spring 2014 PAAs!

LaDesha Batten webLaDesha Batten
Psychology major






Jana Biever webJana Biever
Psychology & Anthropology double major






Jihye Kim webJihye Kim
Psychology major






Dana Menking webDana Menking
Management major






Kareema Smith webKareema Smith
Psychology major






Searching for new PAAs for the 2014 -2015 academic year!

Position Overview:

The Peer Academic Advisor (PAA) position is an opportunity for student-to-student academic advising based on academic and personal experiences of current George Mason University students. Peer Academic Advisors are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are trained to assist students who are undeclared or thinking about changing their major and counsel students through academic concerns. The PAAs work closely with staff in the Center for Academic Advising, Retention & Transitions (CAART) to provide a high level of service to Mason students. In this position the PAAs will gain the opportunity to further develop their interpersonal and communication skills and expand their knowledge of Mason’s academic programs and services. The PAAs will also gain valuable leadership, organizational, and social skills to help prepare them for future endeavors at Mason and life after college.


  • Current Mason student with a minimum of 30-credit hours of completed coursework before position start-date
  • Excellent listening, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well with faculty and staff
  • Ability to respond to students in a helpful manner, both in one-on-one settings and in small groups
  • Basic knowledge of George Mason University’s services and resources
  • Must intend to hold the position for an academic year (fall and spring semester)
  • Good academic standing, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5


If you’re interested in learning more about the position and/or applying for the 2014 – 2015 academic year, please email Melitta Igwe ( and Sara Montiel (


Summer PAAs assist the Center for Academic Advising, Retention & Transitions for pre-orientation, freshman and transfer student orientations, and daily advising appointments.

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