My advising philosophy
Advising as Teaching and Learning
I approach advising
as a learning situation for all my advisees. My main goal of academic advising is
to foster the development of critical thinking skills, problem-solving competences,
and a sense of full responsibility.
In this era of
global communications, information on curriculum and graduation requirements
are easily available in a variety of formats. So, instead of merely providing
information, I will encourage you to reflect on that information, and discuss it
with me. By encouraging you to make sound personal and academic choices, I will
help you develop problem-solving skills while at the same time you will learn
to assume full responsibility for your own actions in the academic milieu.
I will also challenge you to justify choices and to make connections between
personal and educational goals. I hope that this approach to academic advising can
become a powerful part of your education.
My role and
- Help you reflect on career goals.
- Help you plan your future professional or academic career.
- Provide you with opportunities to critically reflect on academic
choices and to develop decision-making skills.
- Provide you with opportunities to develop problem-solving skills.
- Help you develop suitable educational plans and select appropriate
courses and other educational experiences.
- Clarify and interpret institutional requirements.
- Refer you to appropriate institutional and community support
- Be proactive and initiate contact with me.
- Give thoughtful consideration to your academic and career goals.
- Prepare a list of questions and issues to discuss before each
meeting with me.
- Actively participate in the advising session.
- Know the Academic Calendar. Do not miss deadlines. Know when
to register and drop or add courses.
- Schedule courses that are consistent with your educational goals
and that will meet degree requirements.
- Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic