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Advisor Resources

Ohio University Academic Advising Mission Statement

Ohio University recognizes academic advising to be a central element of the educational experience of its undergraduate students. Advising is a collaborative relationship for which advisors and students share responsibility and through which students create sound educational plans consistent with their academic, career, and personal goals. Advisors are responsible for being accessible and responsive to students, and for providing accurate, timely information. Students are responsible for being prepared for advising sessions, and for understanding university and major requirements.

The University provides many resources to its advisors to assist them in providing accurate and timely information. Your college student services office is a great place to direct questions.

College-Specific Advising


Aside from each college's student services office, there are also many campus-wide resources available to academic advisors. 

  • Undergraduate CatalogThe undergraduate catalog is a great resource for official degree requirements and university academic policies.
  • Faculty & Advising CenterYou can access contact information for your students, as well as academic information such as GPA, hours earned, DARS, and PID. You can also look here to determine if your students are first-generation, athletes, or using Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits. This resource also allows you to keep electronic notes for your advisees.
  • University Academic Advising CouncilUAAC is Ohio University's professional advising organization.
  • Appreciative AdvisingAppreciative advising is an advising model that Ohio University advisors utilize. It is a student-centered model that utilizes positive, open-ended questions to collaboratively work with students to identify their goals and assist them in making plans to achieve them. It is comprised of six phases: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don't Settle.
  • Student-Athlete Advising Supplement: To support our faculty and student-athletes, the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) offers this supplemental guide to assist faculty in their teaching and advising endeavors. The IAC assists the president, provost, director of athletics and the NCAA faculty athletics representatives in the interpretation and implementation of athletic policies. The IAC is an advisory group comprised of students, faculty, staff and community representatives that reports to the president and works closely with the director of athletics and the athletic department. 

Professional Development

There are several ways to enhance your skills as an Academic Advisor. We invite you to join us at any of these opportunities or to read more about advising in one of the most helpful handbooks.

  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA): The NACADA promotes student success by globally advancing the field of Academic Advising. Through NACADA ample opportunities and resources exist for professional development, networking, and leadership. Through these advising practices, NACADA continually promotes an inclusive environment with respect to diversity and equity. NACADA is often referred to as “The Global Community for Academic Advising.”
  • Appreciative Advising Institute: The Appreciative Advising Institute is a four-day annual summer event sponsored by the Office of Appreciative Education of Florida Atlantic University. This event offers hands-on, active learning for advising professionals, as well as anyone who works directly with students. The Appreciative Advising Institute will leave advising practitioners feeling refreshed, renewed and inspired to empower students and advisors alike to embrace their best selves.
  • The Ohio Academic Advising Association (OHAAA): OHAAA is dedicated to providing low-cost professional development opportunities while gathering advisors to share success, challenges, and best practices. OHAAA places focus on professional and personal well-being as it relates to advisors. Through this, ample opportunities are providing for amongst state, regional, and national professional organizations. The OHAAA is an allied organization of NACADA.
  • Academic Advising Handbook: The Academic Advising Handbook by Wes Habley focuses on the emphasis of advisors as the core of an institution’s educational mission rather than a service. This handbook values the importance of encouraging experiences amongst students that result in effective communication and intellectual growth. The Academic Advising Handbook elaborates on advising beliefs, practices, and effective delivery to better relationships amongst advisors and students alike.

University Academic Advising Council


The University Academic Advising Council is the primary vehicle through which University-wide academic advising information is shared. It also provides networking, professional development, and idea generation opportunities.

Intended Audience

The University Academic Advising Council welcomes all academic advisors, but is specifically intended for faculty advising coordinators, professional academic advisors, and supporting offices that impact academic success of students. The expectation is that attendees will take information from this meeting to share with colleagues in their department who advise students.

Advising Awards

Nominations for the Chapman Clapp award will be accepted until May 15 annually.

Faculty and staff may nominate colleagues for the Outstanding Advisor Award using the nomination form. Students can also nominate an advisor by submitting a nomination form.  

Recipients of the Chapman Clapp award include:

  • 2018-2019: Eddith Dashiell, Athens; Ann LaComb, Athens
  • 2017-2018: Paula Linscott, Athens; Roger Aden, Athens 
  • 2016-2017: Nestor Avila, Athens; Tetyana Dovbnya, Athens
  • 2015-2016: Justin Kish, eCampus; Chris Fowler, Athens; Harvey Ballard, Athens
  • 2014-2015: Lisa Flowers-Clements, Athens; Beth Quitslund, Athens
  • 2013-2014: Hannah Nissen, Zanesville; Phyllis Lanier, Lancaster; Angela Lash, Athens; Greg Nadon, Athens; Miriam Shadis, Athens
  • 2012-2013: Margie Baumgardner, Eastern; Jennifer Chabot, Athens; Norma Humphreys, Athens
  • 2011-2012: Sherry Gradin, Athens; Virginia Cottrill, eCampus
  • 2010-2011: Kelly Davidson, Athens; Arthur Trese, Athens
  • 2009-2010: Jeff Anderson, Athens; Sandy Rawlins, Athens