Department advisors are an integral part of the campus advising community. The work of advisors in academic departments focuses on students in a particular major(s). Advisors in department settings are often a team of one and also have department administrative tasks in their overall responsibilities.
Training for Department Advisors
New advisors need to focus on both the general tools and work of the department and campus as well as information specific to the policies, protocols and procedures of the individual departments. Plans for training generally fall to the department head, director of undergraduate studies, department administrator, and hopefully well-documented information from predecessors.
Onboarding and Training Plan
This is an example of a comprehensive plan for onboarding and training a new departmental advisor. This plan also contains an onboarding checklist for supervisors. It can be downloaded and saved to use in creating a plan for new staff. Supervisors should work with their new advisor to determine which training areas are needed based upon the skills and experiences of the incoming advisor. Included in the plan are: