Advisors of student organizations are worth more than their weight in gold. An advisor can provide continuity, support student organizations, guide students through tough times, and enhance the good times. This supplement provides current Missouri State University advisors with the support and information needed to find success and satisfaction in the position. It also gives potential advisors a taste of what advising entails.
A student organization advisor assists in the development of students involved in the organization. The Student Organization Handbook’s Advisor’s Supplement is an assortment of suggestions, tips, expectations, and procedures consolidated into one resource. It does not, however, include everything an advisor needs to know or have the answers to every situation. The Advisor Supplement offers a good starting point for an advisor’s success.
The following pages provide a framework for advisors to use when working with a student organization. The most important thing to remember as an advisor is every organization, and every student, is different. Part of your role is to assist members as they develop their unique foundation for productivity, goal-setting, and decision-making skills that will prepare them for life beyond the university.
Each semester the Office of Student Engagement conducts several Advisor Trainings to inform and assist staff/faculty that advise student organizations on campus. If you are unable to attend the training, please contact Andrea Greer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for supplemental materials. To view the PowerPoint presentation click here.
Here are benefits of advising a student organization:
- A unique opportunity for getting to know and work with students outside the classroom or office.
- The reward of watching the group develop and grow to its fullest potential.
- The reward of watching students mature and develop their individual skill and talents.
- Satisfaction and sense of accomplishment through making a special contribution to a particular group of students.
- The informal opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise on relevant topics.
- The chance to demonstrate service to students, an organization, and the university.
Adapted from UW-Milwaukee’s Student Organization Advisor Manual, 5/2011
- Organization Stages
- Eleven Skills for Advisors to Teach
- Student Development Theory at a Glance
- Recruitment: The Key to Organization Success
- Failure: Organization Problem or Teaching Opportunity
- Types of Problems
- Liability and Risk Management