The Role of Faculty Advisors


Role of the Faculty Advisor:

1. Encourage and support the student throughout the program;

2. Be the student’s first point of contact with faculty when he/she is seeking guidance with regards to academic issues, career or academic opportunities, housing and financial concerns, award applications, or anything that may impinge on a student’s studies toward career and personal goals;

3. With the permission of the student, be a liaison between the student and faculty when issues arise that affect his/her studies and student life.

After the initial faculty advisor meeting on the orientation day, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange subsequent meetings with his/her faculty advisor.

Though students will be assigned Faculty Advisors, this does not preclude the student from developing supportive working relationships with other members of the faculty. It is the student’s responsibility to know the academic policies of the Department; however, students are strongly encouraged to take proactive measures when he/she first begins to experience academic difficulty. Students should feel free to approach any faculty member of the Department to ask for help in developing a plan for improvement.