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Information for Advisors


Advisor Expectations

All student organizations are required to have at least one (1) on-campus advisor who is a full-time employee of Southern University and A&M College. It is recommended that the advisor be knowledgeable of the nature of organization they are requested to assist with. If one or more organization chooses the same advisor, the organization(s) may be asked to reassign its advisory duties should any impediments arise. It is the responsibility of the advisor to:

  1. Provide continuity with the past activities of the organization

  2. Facilitate the development of the organization and its members by providing opportunities to develop individual skills (assertiveness, time management, budgeting) and group skills problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making)

  3. Provide assistance, ideas, and expertise with tasks to be accomplished by organization - planning a program, running a meeting, holding an election, and publicizing an activity.

  4. Provide knowledge of university policies and procedures that affect the organization

 

Selecting an Advisor
When selecting an advisor, factor in the following decisions:

  1. Your advisor should have the time to devote to your organization

  2. Your advisor should understand your organization's purpose

  3. Find an advisor that shares some of the same interest as the organization, and who has previously interacted with the leadership of the organization

  4. Allow your selected faculty or staff person a reasonable length of time to consider her or his decision. Make sure they understand his or her role and the time commitment involved. Be open and honest.

 

Suggestions for Effective Advising
The level of the organization and its members should dictate your style of advising. If members have basic skill levels, you may need to be more actively involved with the organization. As the leaders' skill level matures, you can then decrease the amount of direction you need to provide the organization. Below are some suggestions for effective advising.

  1. Focus on students' strengths and potential rather than limitations

  2. Don't make decisions for students; help them make their own decisions

  3. Provide accurate information

  4. Be a good listener

  5. Be available; keep office hours and appointments

  6. Participate with the organization and get to know the members.

  7. Be careful of becoming too involved with the organization. You are not a member. Your role is to advise, assist, and facilitate.

  8. Be realistic

 

Changing Advisors
An advisor who chooses to step down from his or her role must notify the Coordinator of Student Organizations & Campus Involvement of why he or she is stepping down from their role. The new advisor must also notify the Coordinator of Student Organizations that he or she will be the new advisor. Letter or email from new advisor should include their email, phone number and position on campus.