Roles & Expectations of Advisees, Advisors and Office of Student Affairs
- Meet with your advisor hopefully at least once a semester, but preferable more often.
- Keep your advisor informed about your academic progress, interests, career goals, etc.
- See them when you are having problems, but also share good news with them as well.
- Be proactive. Seek out your advisor during the first part of each semester.
- Know how to contact your advisor (stop by OSA if you are having trouble contacting him/her.)
- Make appointments and keep them
- Ask them about their careers; they are a valuable source of career as well as academic information.
- Don't feel pressured to keep the same advisor.
- Take responsibility for your life and your actions; your advisor is here to advise, not to make decisions for you.
- Meet with your advisee hopefully at least once a semester, but preferable more often.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding student records and discussions.
- Be available; make sure students know how to contact you for a meeting; return phone calls.
- Become familiar with student services availble on campus.
- Show interest in the student's development and perfomance in academics, professional activities, etc.
- Discuss any academic difficulties that a student is experiencing and make appropriate referrals.
- Discuss career opportunities in pharmacy.
- Encourage students to work up to their potential; to set goals and make plans to achieve them.
Office of Student Affairs Role
- Serves as a resource for both faculty and students regarding students' concerns in the following areas:
- Provides interpretation of University or College policies and procedures.
- Maintains student record systems.
- Organizes college-wide events for students including: P-1 Orientation, First Week Welcome, Career Fair, P-4 Placement Conferences, Graduation activities and Honor Convocation.
- Conducts P-1 small group advising during first semester.
- Manages faculty advising program.hoosing an Advisor
Guidelines for choosing an advisor
- Review the Advisor Directory to find out basic information about advisors.
- Talk with P-4, P-3 and P-2 students about their experiences with their advisors.
- Think about the areas of pharmacy that you are most interested in and/or would like to learn more about; seek out advisors in those areas.
- Consider your career goals; choose an advisor in a career that you are interested in.
- Recall professors, guest lecturers or discussion leaders who you enjoyed learning from.
- If you can't think of anyone, make an appointment with Charese Jackson or Dr. Agard in the Office of Student Affairs and they can assist you with your selection.
Contacting a possible advisor
- Use the Advisor Directory to obtain contact information
- If you contact an advisor initially by e-mail and they do not respond, you may want to follow up with a note to their department mailbox. It may be that they do not access their e-mail account often.
- Be careful when paging advisors from on-campus phones. Some on-campus phones do not allowing incoming calls. If your advisor does not answer a page, put a note in his or her departmental mailbox.
- To page from an on-campus phone, dial 136 first and then wait for instructions.
- To page from an off-campus phone, dial (312) 996-2133 and wait for instructions.
- If you initially contact an advisor who may have too many advisees, they may direct you to a faculty advisor who has fewer advisees.
- Do not just drop the Advisor Choice form in your potential advisor's mailbox. You need to meet with your potential advisor in person
Questions you may want to ask your advisor
- What are your expectations of me as an advisee?
- Why did you go into your current career?
- In what direction do you see the field of pharmacy headed?
- What do you think of the curriculum?
- Have you always worked in academia; what other environments have you worked in?
- How often do you expect us to meet during the semester?
- Pick up an Advisor Choice form from the Office of Student Affairs and choose a different advisor.
Deadline for choosing your advisor
- Spring break of each Spring.
- If you don't choose an advisor by the above date, you will not be allowed to register for the following Fall courses.