Student Organization Advisors can be a valuable resource to student organizations! All registered student organizations at Roberts Wesleyan College must select a current faculty or staff member as the group's advisor.
The Role of an Advisor
Advisors serve as mentors, counselors, allies, liaisons, and friends. They play key roles in the development and continuation of student organizations both to the students as individuals and to the organization as a whole. If you are a student leader or an advisor, the Office of Student Development is available to assist you. Please contact Associate Dean Brenda Myrthil with any questions or concerns by phone: 585.594.6096 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I become an advisor?
Advising provides the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of students. Student organizations provide opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom and to expand their leadership skills. As an advisor, you will have a central part in this process. Not only will you make a difference in students' lives, but you will also receive the satisfaction of watching an organization grow and become successful.
Why does the organization need an advisor?
There are many benefits to having an advisor. Advisors maintain continuity within the organization from year to year, providing a sense of history for the organization. Advisors act as advocates for students, and they can also provide helpful resources and knowledge about campus policies and procedures. It is not the advisor's role to take over the organization, but to help make the group the best it can possibly be. Student organizations have the opportunity to choose their own advisor, so they should choose someone they trust and with whom they will enjoy working!
The responsibilities of the Advisor will vary according to the needs of the specific organization. For this reason, advisors and student leaders should take time both early on in their relationship, as well as annually to discuss the roles and expectations of the advisor. This discussion can take place as new officers are elected, or at the beginning of each academic year. A candid and open discussion about the level of involvement and amount of communication is a great way to begin the working relationship between the organization and advisor. The Student Leader-Advisor Worksheet may aid you in that discussion, however here are some specific responsibilities which should be included:
- Carry out all duties mutually agreed upon with the student organization.
- Attend meetings of the organization and become familiar with events and activities sponsored by the group to see that they adhere to policies of the state and the college.
- Meet with the organization's leadership team on a regular basis.
- Establish a relationship with the Office of Student Development. In addition, advisors for ministry organizations should establish a relationship with the SA Chaplain and the Chaplain's office.
- Know what projects or events are being planned and offer suggestions freely, but be careful not to dominate the planning process.
- Believe in the organization and manifest the enthusiasm necessary to help the organization reach its potential.
Advisors: download the complete Advisor Manual which includes:
Role of an Advisor
Student Leader-Advisor Worksheet
Successful and Healthy Groups
For more information on Advising student organizations, please contact Associate Dean Brenda Myrthil in the Office of Student Development at 594.6096 or via email.