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M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors

M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors

WKU M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors are current undergraduate students selected to assist in the implementation of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan transition program, and primarily serve as small group discussion facilitators and mentor groups of new WKU students during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan. 

group of students serving as master plan mentors in matching gray shirts with a red WKU written on it




They exude the WKU Spirit and engage others in the excitment of being at WKU.


They provide new students and their parents and family members with information regarding campus services, departments, and resources, and strive to get new students connected to the University and student body.


Team Players

They are frequently required to cooperate and communicate to successfully manage challenging situations and make decisions and support and appreciate one another.


They adapt to changing circumstances, think quickly on their feet, and are always willing and ready to take on additional tasks and accept new responsibilities to ensure the success of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan.


The minimum expectations and responsibilities for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors include: 

  1. Attend and actively participate in M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentor training. 

  2. Serve as a role modelfor new students by adhering to all University guidelines and housing policies, and exhibiting responsibility and high levels of maturity.

  3. Establish and maintain mentoring relationships with students in assigned group.

    • Engage students in assigned group (25-40 residents of a hall floor) in M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program activities (i.e. Cluster Blocks, special events, and social activities); facilitate teambuilding activities; and lead cheers, as well as the Fight Song.

    • Accompany assigned group to, and attend, all Cluster Blocks.

    • Foster a welcoming, comfortable environment for all group members in which diversity is celebrated, in all its forms, and intolerance and hate are addressed.

    • Facilitate and create discussions of Cluster Block content and help deliver Small Group content (all content provided). 

    • Be attuned to transition issues (i.e. homesickness, depression, anxiety). Exercise excellent listening and helping skills; provide referrals to Counseling and Testing when needed.

    • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with departmental policy.

  4. Assist with the organization and implementation of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities.
    • Assist with opening day registration processes, stuffing participant bags, unloading vehicles, directing traffic, and helping new students move into their residence halls.

    • Ensure Cluster Block Facilitators have all necessary materials to facilitate sessions and that all new students in attendance have swiped their IDs for attendance.

    • Set-up and tear-down of social and special events.

  5. Participate in Big Red’s Blitz as Blitzers or Site Leaders (M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan community service project).

  6. Assist in the handling of emergency and/or crisis situations.

  7. Participate in the evaluation process of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program.

  8. Additional duties as assigned. 

The minimum qualifications for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors include: 

  1. Required - Minimum 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. (at time position is offered and throughout time of service).

  2. Required - Good judicial standing with the department of Housing and Residence Life and the University.

  3. Required - Be reliable, responsible, confident, flexible, willing to help, and an effective communicator focused on building teamwork and fostering working relationships.

  4. Required - Relate well with students, parents, family members, faculty, staff, and administrators.

  5. Required - Demonstrate a desire to learn about Western Kentucky University, its traditions, regulations, people, and programs.

  6. Required - Cannot be employed as a Senior Administrative Resident Assistant (SARA), Resident Assistant (RA), Community Advisor (CA), or Apartment Community Assistant (ACA) by Housing and Residence Life, due to scheduling constraints during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan week.

  7. Preferred - One year experience in the Western Leader position, or another student leadership position on-campus (ex. Resident Assistant, College Ambassador, Admissions Tour Guide, TOP Guide, Spirit Master, H4 Counselor, Hall Council, student organization executive board, sorority/fraternity executive board, etc.). 

  8. Preferred - Previous attendance at M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (as student participant).

The benefits for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors Include: 

  1. Moving into fall campus housing assignments early (one week before other upperclassmen students).

  2. Gain volunteer hours throughout the week of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan through various activities and serving the incoming freshman class.

  3. Opportunity to:

    • Enhance and develop professional skills in leadership, interpersonal relations, communication, public speaking, and teambuilding

    • Network and connect with university faculty, staff, administrators while increasing knowledge about WKU and its offered resources

  4. Opportunity to serve as a role-model while assisting in the orientation, transition, and retention of new students.

  5. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors apparel and gear.

The 2022 M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors position begins TENTATIVELY on August 12th and finishes on August 20th.

Please note that the beginning date is subject to change.

Listed below are dates and events M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors are required to attend. Specific dates are mentioned where applicable.

  1. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors will tentatively return to campus either Thursday, August 11th or Friday, August 12th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Training is mandatory.

  2. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors will be scheduled to work specific events and may require arriving early, before the event is to take place, and staying late, after the event is over.  Breaks may be scheduled but can be rescheduled due to conflicts.

  3. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors are requested to clear their schedules and refrain from participating in other activities August 16th-25th, due to the training and implementation schedule of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program.  Exceptions to this are possible for WKU-related activities, but not guaranteed due to the needs of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan program.


Apply Now


Shortly after submitting your application, you can expect an email from one of the co-advisors, Shauna Jones (shauna.jones@wku.edu) or Emma Spezeski (emma.spezeski@wku.edu) to sign up for an interview timeslot.


If you have questions, please contact nick.haught@wku.edu or call (270) 745-8981.



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 Last Modified 3/23/22