Advisor Resources Links
A faculty/staff advisor can be an excellent form of support. Without reciprocal support from those being advised, however, nothing will be accomplished. Therefore, it is important to emphasize the significance of an advisor to the members of a chapter. Together, the advisor and the chapter members must strive to gain a better understanding of the relationship that exists between the chapter and the institution. It is also important to realize that having a committed faculty/staff advisor can make a significant positive impact in all areas of chapter operation, not scholarship alone.
The goal of Fraternity and Sorority advisors is to assist in the development of students involved in the organization. Advisors encourage and motivate members to take advantage of various opportunities that are available to them at UNCW and to share these learnings with their fellow members. Recognizing that fraternities and sororities are excellent opportunities for student learning and community governance, advisors can focus on learning outcomes as well as task completion. Through advisor involvement, guidance, appropriate intervention and questions, students will be able to make meaning of their experiences, develop their leadership potential, and learn to work effectively as contributing members of a community.
- Adapted from Supervisor's Journal, PaperClip Communications.
The role of the advisor is to serve as a primary resource for the fraternity / sorority groups with which the advisor is associated.
We expect advisors to:
- Advise (i.e, provide counsel) organization leadership on issues such as membership development, financial matters, and service opportunities.
- Work with organization leadership to develop semester and year goals.
- Attend organization and executive board meetings.
- Attend high profile organization events such as mixers, banquets, or philanthropy events sponsored by the organization.
- Use Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a resource.
- Serve as a resource for all chapter officers.
- Have an understanding of UNCW and Fraternity and Sorority Life Policies.
- Partcipate in monthly advisor meetings and/or communicate with Coordinator of FSL frequently.
- Continually help the chapter become as self-sufficient and accountable as possible.
The impact of being an advisor goes far beyond the success of the organization. Advisors touch and impact the lives of those with whom they work.
- Serve as a positive role models
- Instill a desire to excel academically
- Develop future leaders
- Prepare students for a global community
- Improve the reputations of the organizations they are affiliated with
- Teach healthy choices about day-to-day life
- A desire to help students
- A sense of humor
- The ability to motivate
- Listening skills
How to recruit an Academic Advisor
Ask each member to nominate his/her choice for an academic advisor. Invite these academic members to lunch, dinner, or a program to introduce them to the chapter. Provide nominees with a list of the things your chapter is currently doing in regards to scholarship and what contributions the academic advisor will have. Ask nominee to be chapter's academic advisor and explain to them the role what is expected from them as an academic advisor.
Ways the Academic Advisor Can Become Involved with the Chapter
Working directly with Freshmen:
- Help students understand and complete academic requirements
- Provide information about study skills, test-taking, and note-taking workshops
Working directly with Sophomores:
- Help students declare a major
- Help students understand the limited enrollment programs
Working directly with Juniors:
- Help students explore study abroad opportunities
- Help students explore internship opportunities
Working directly with Seniors:
- Help students with resume writing
- Help students with graduate school applications
Suggestions for Academic Advisors for Dealing with Poor Academic Performance
- Meet monthly with each individual who achieved a grade point average between 2.5 - 3.0 the previous semester
- Meet every two weeks with each individual who achieved a grade point average between 2.0 - 2.5 the previous semester
- Meet every week with each individual who achieved a grade point average below a 2.0 the previous semester
- Meet with the new member class during the new member education period to discuss good study habits and the importance of academic achievements
- Help organize a scholarship ceremony each semester
- Help organize weekly study hours for members