Faculty Advising Academy

Upcoming Faculty Workshops

  • Advising 101 – February 24, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

    Register for Advising 101:

    This session will focus on effective advising strategies using the NACADA core competencies and values of academic advising. You may have heard “Advising is Teaching.” This session will provide ideas for transitioning the same teaching concepts from the classroom to your individual advising sessions with students. 

  • Advising Technology – April 15, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

    Register for Advising Technology:

    Who doesn’t want to find ways to save time and work more efficiently? In this session, we will take a deeper dive into utilizing available technology to support your advising sessions. Appointment scheduling, degree planning and record-keeping are a few of the key topics will be covered.

  • Leading Difficult Conversations – April 6, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

    Register for Leading Difficult Conversations:

    Have you ever had a student confide in you and were left feeling unprepared with how to handle the situation? Have you ever found that you needed to deliver “bad” news to a student, but were unsure of the best approach? This session will focus on methods for leading the difficult conversations that often arise when working with students. In addition, we will discuss reporting expectations, appropriate referral processes, and available resources at CofC.

If you are unable to attend one of these workshops, you can request a workshop specifically for your academic department. Contact Amber Bollinger, Assistant Director for Advising and Development, Academic Advising and Planning Center.

Faculty Development Advising Academy

The Faculty Development Advising Academy began in Fall 2016 as an opportunity to provide a discussion-based advising development experience around advising-related topics for new and seasoned faculty who are responsible for advising and mentoring students, both formally and informally.

In the fall semester, workshops are offered to faculty who will be advising formally for the first time as well as workshops for the more seasoned advisor who wants to fine-tune their craft or wants more information. Workshops typically last less than two hours.

All Advising Academy participants are automatically enrolled in the Academic Advising and Planning Center’s OAKS Faculty Development Advising module that houses a plethora of advising related information ranging from advising theory and critical articles to detailed information about advising related resources and referral points. OAKS participants can spend as much time as they like in the module and use it as an easily accessible tool for their advising appointments.

In the spring, workshops are offered around a requested topic area based on past Advising Academy participant feedback. An example topic is "How to Have Difficult Conversations with Students". Advising Academy Workshops are crafted to fit within three advising competencies as identified by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising: Conceptual, Informational, and Relational.

  • Conceptual: what is academic advising, advising as mentoring, advising as teaching, expectations of students and their advisees (see NACADA model);
  • Informational: academic policies and procedures, technology resources, documentation, how to make a referral;
  • Relational: effective communication with advisees, having difficult conversations, understanding students’ challenges.