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Professional development for advisors from the Allen Center


Ohio University faculty and professional advisors looking to strengthen their advising skills can do so in as little as 15 minutes this spring semester.

The Allen Student Advising Center is hosting a variety of professional development opportunities, ranging from 15-minute advising “boosters” designed to be presented in regular staff or faculty meetings, to monthly discussion groups on advising basics and optimizing advising technology.

"I appreciate having the opportunity to continually improve my advising through these sessions and to stay connected with other advisors,” said Ashley Beatty-Smith, an academic advisor in the Scripps College of Communication who attended a session presented in partnership with the Career and Leadership Development Center. “I recommend that advisors take advantage of the opportunity to learn from colleagues across campus."

Advising Boosters

This is the second year the Allen Center has presented workshops on important advising topics such as career advising, financial aid and advising technology. New this year are ongoing discussion groups and traveling Advising Boosters workshops.

“We'll go to your office to talk with you at your convenience,” said Student Success Advisor Traci Connor who, along with SSA Katie Thomson, helped develop the Advising Boosters program.

The material, covering topics such as DARS, the Faculty and Advising Center, and maximizing advising appointments, can be tailored to meet advisor needs and presented one-on-one or to an entire department.

“It’s valuable for faculty who are new to advising or who want a refresher,” Connor said.

Sign up for an advising booster

Discussion Groups

For those who want more in-depth experience, advisors can join a discussion group which includes a free lunch during the first session. One will focus on making the most of technology in advising, and the other is designed specifically for faculty and their unique advising concerns.

"I often find that talking with peers about struggles and strategies helps me improve my own advising experience," said Jenny Klein, assistant dean for student persistence and success. "This year, our goal was to formalize that opportunity for faculty advisors."

The Allen Center serves as a campus-wide advising resources aimed at improving student success and retention. If you have an advising need that could be supported by the center, please contact Jenny Klein at kleinj2@ohio.edu.

For a full list of advising professional development opportunities, visit the Campus-Wide Academic Advising Support website.