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Advising 2020: Professional Advisor Role at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

(The following expectations apply under full implementation of Advising 2020)

The role of the professional advisor is to foster student success and persistence to graduation by:

  • Assisting students in self-exploration in order to develop educational plans that are consistent with students’ aspirations, interests, strengths, and values
  • Encouraging students’ holistic engagement with the college experiences (academically, socially, culturally, and professionally)
  • Developing a collaborative relationship with students which allows them to engage in self-authorship, make meaning of their experiences, and assume responsibility for their futures.
  • Guiding students in critical reflection of academic and career goals
  • Guiding students through career and professional development opportunities available as well as campus support for the identification and exploration of experience learning, leadership, and career paths

A professional advisor will:

  • Provide a substantive advising appointment as required for each student which includes positive, open-ended questions to allow students to explore their goals, interests, strengths, values, and concerns
  • Educate students about curricular requirements, academic standards, and academic milestones related to an intended/chosen academic program
  • Assist students in developing an academic plan through graduation
  • Teach students how to assess their degree progress through graduation
  • Make referrals to campus resources, programs, and support systems that promote academic success, career development, and engagement in a chosen discipline
  • Explain University and college academic policies and procedures
  • Complete the petitioning process for students pursuing curriculum exceptions
  • Communicate in a timely manner with assigned advisees
  • Effectively utilize technology that support advising practice (such as DARS, Banner, Grades First, Career Guides/Alumni Data Base)
  • Collaborate with and refer students to faculty mentors
  • Conduct first- year and transfer student orientation sessions
  • Participate in outreach activities such as speaking to classes, presenting programs in LLC’s and residence halls, and supporting recruitment activities
  • Participate in a comprehensive professional development program
  • Participate in a college/departmental evaluation/feedback as a part of the annual review process

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