By serving as academic advisors and mentors, faculty and staff build relationships with students that not only enhance the overall academic experience and connect students directly to their school, but also assist them to make decisions regarding education, career, and life goals. Mentor relationships help students become responsible citizens within their profession and the global community.
The UAAC knows that faculty sometimes find advising challenging. We are here to help with these challenges and ask you to consider the following:
Faculty typically experience challenges in advising such as:
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising can play a primary role in providing such opportunities. Some of those opportunities include:
Your experience in your discipline, as an educator, and as a student yourself is invaluable to this process. Administrators who serve as professional advisors play a needed role, but we can only take the student so far without faculty who are specialists in their arena.
Your teaching experiences will typically have many opportunities for discussion whether about a specific topic or how a topic interact and affects someone or someplace. These discussions, or conversations, are the foundation elements of advising, the only difference being the topic.
The UAAC manages a student survey throughout the year to gain insight into student and faculty advisor experiences. We get both positive and negative feedback and look to update our materials, webpages or trainings accordingly. If you are interested in learning more about this survey or let us know.
We can also teach you ways of gaining feedback through other sources, mainly, your students.
Did you know that it is possible to integrate advising with research responsibilities? Many areas of the activity of advising are open to both qualitative and quantitative research possibilities.