Professor Christopher Carlsmith talking to a student

Advisor Toolkit

Tools for Advisors

The Advising Center is located within SiS and provides a summary of information on your advisees. The following resources will help you navigate SiS:

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Scheduled UCA meeting dates and topics

The University Council of Advisors (UCA) - UMass Lowell’s Council of Advisors is comprised of faculty, professional advisors, staff and administrators who work collaboratively to support the success of our undergraduate students. Each college has representatives on the UCA which aims to support sharing institutional information and to support the campus wide advising partnerships.

Fall Semester Council of Advisors Meetings

All meetings are 2–3:30 p.m.

September 20, 2018
University Crossing, 158
Council MissionSheila Riley-Callahan
Justin Gerstenfield
Khlilah Reddie
Salesforce InitiativeKerry Donohoe
Manning Advising ReportAnita Chieh
Carol Towle
October 16, 2018
University Crossing, 158
Disability ServicesJody Goldstein
Brandon Drake
Office of Continuing EducationPauline Christakis
November 7, 2018
University Crossing, 158
Counseling ServicesDeborah Edelman-Blank
Office of Multicultural AffairsFrancine Coston
December 13, 2018
University Crossing, 158
River Hawk Review ProgramFred Martin
River Hawk Scholars AcademyMatt Hurwitz
Honors CollegeBeth Donaghey

Contact Information

The Council of Advisors is chaired by:

Please reach out to any of the tri-chairs with any questions.

Fall Faculty and Staff Academic Advisor Professional Development Opportunities

Council of Advisors Sponsored Opportunities
September 4, 2018Kennedy College of Sciences Faculty Advising Blueprint1:30-4:30 p.m. in Olney, 212
September 4, 2018College of Education Faculty Advising Blueprint1:30-4:30 p.m. in O'Leary Library 517
September 12, 2018Academic Advising for "Double Dose" First Generation Students2-3 p.m. in University Crossing, 260A
September 24, 2018Kennedy College of Sciences Faculty Advising Blueprint2-5 p.m. in Southwick Hall, 240
September 24, 2018Francis College of Engineering Faculty Advising Blueprint1:30-4:30 p.m. in Southwick Hall, 252
September 25, 2018Francis College of Engineering Faculty Advising Blueprint1:30-4:30 p.m. in University Crossing, 421
October 2, 2018Kennedy College of Sciences Faculty Advising Blueprint2-5 p.m. in Southwick Hall, 240
October 3, 2018Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences Faculty Advising Blueprint9 a.m. - Noon in Dugan, 110B
October 4, 2018Francis College of Engineering Faculty Advising Blueprint1:30-4:30 p.m. in Southwick Hall, 240
October 10, 2018Manning School of Business Faculty Advising Blueprint1-4 p.m. in TBD
October 11, 2018Manning School of Business Faculty Advising Blueprint1-4 p.m. in TBD
October 16, 2018Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences Faculty Advising Blueprint12:30-3:30 p.m. in Dugan, 110B
October 29, 2018Manning School of Business Faculty Advisor Q&A1-2 p.m. in TBD
October 30, 2018Manning School of Business Faculty Advisor Q&A1-2 p.m. in TBD
November 6, 2018Academic Advising and First-Year Students: The Power of Purpose and Movement toward Self Efficacy2-3 p.m. in University Crossing, 421
December 4, 2018Academic Advising in their Language: Communicating with Today's Students2-3 p.m. in University Crossing, 260A

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a faculty Blueprint? The session will cover the literature and research on the field of academic advising and the important role that faculty advisors plan in regards to supporting student development. The topic of developmental advising will be unpacked and put into context of a faculty advisor advising session

Special attention will be given to reports available in department center that contain pertinent student information as well as the ins and outs of advising when it comes to SiS, Faculty Center, Advisement Reports, and Degree Pathways.

Academic Advising for "Double Dose" First Generation Students:  All students face challenges when they begin higher education. A considerable body of research explores the added challenges that first-generation students encounter, including developing a sense of belonging. But what about first-generation students who have the added challenge of being first-generation in a new culture as well? This webinar’s Presenters refer to these students as double-dose first-gen students, and as members of this population themselves, they have experienced first-hand many of the challenges and obstacles they will discuss. In this NACADA First Generation College Student Advising Community-sponsored event, the Presenters will begin with a brief explanation of the concept of double-dose first-gen students, and then explore the cultural challenges that arise as these students navigate higher education. They will frame this exploration through Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions Theory, taking a closer look at some specific differences between the U.S. national culture and other national cultures (such as Pakistan, China, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, and India) that are often the place of origin of double-dose first-gen American students. They will then review select advising approaches through this cultural lens to determine the pros and cons of each approach as it relates to the double-dose first-gen population, considering ways to overcome the potential downfalls to ensure that advisors and students are able to work collaboratively to better ensure students’ sense of belonging, engagement, and success in higher education.

Academic Advising and First-Year Students: The Power of Purpose and Movement toward Self-Efficacy: Higher education professionals are called upon to recognize the new experiences students face as they transition into college during their first year. As students learn to think and act for themselves, instead of relying upon authority figures to prescribe their choices, they encounter increased responsibility for their own learning and growth. While navigating new academic systems, traditionally-aged students also move through the initial stages of Chickering’s 7 Vectors of psychosocial development. As new college students develop competence, learn to manage their emotions, and move through autonomy to interdependence, they can lay a strong foundation for academic success.

In the NACADA Advising First-Year Students Community-sponsored webinar, the Presenters will consider ways to support students as they move through this important transition year, discovering new identities and setting goals for their personal and academic futures. Since students’ movements through these vectors are unique, advisors’ awareness of these stages fosters effective understanding of and communication with students in the first year.

The Presenters will also discuss ways to facilitate the learning and reflection process, based on Baxter Magolda’s Theory of Self-Authorship (2004) and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory (1984), in a variety of student meeting settings. They will share strategies to promote the transformative power of guided reflection and value-exploration through activities that can influence student confidence in decision-making, comprehension of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors, and achievement of both personal and academic goals. Coaching skills that empower students to take ownership of all aspects of life and articulate their own vision for success will be explored.

Academic Advising in their Language: Communicating with Today's Students: Engagement with students "where they are" has become increasingly complex for educational professionals as language and preferred modes of communication evolve at an ever-increasing pace. Demands of constantly-changing communication technologies combine with challenges of working with students accustomed to instantaneous feedback. Advising professionals may struggle to keep up with the latest forms of textspeak used by their students in relation to academic performance, major exploration, and experiential learning.

Academic advisors serve a unique role in student retention, managing expectations, and advocacy. In this webinar, the presenters will consider the importance of building rapport with advisees so they feel comfortable sharing their concerns. Drawing on Social Construction of Reality theory, participants will be challenged to think about their personal advising practices to accommodate (or not) the way students choose to communicate in order to instill self-efficacy. Effective ways that advisors can assist students to view experiences as growth opportunities will be shared, and strategies to instill self-efficacy will be explored.

NACADA

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications.