ROLE OF AN ADVISER
Each adviser perceives his/her relation to a student organization differently. Some Advisers play very active roles by attending meetings, working with student officers, and assisting in program planning and development. Others maintain a more distant relationship to the organization. It is hoped that each Adviser will maintain some regular contact with his/her organization. An Adviser accepts responsibility for keeping informed about activities of the organization and for advising officers of the organization on the appropriateness and general merits of policies and activities. However, Advisers are not responsible for the actions or policies of student organizations; studentsare solely responsible. Advisers should be both accessible and interested and should provide whatever counsel a group or its members might seek.
1. How much involvement is expected or needed?
2. How often does the group meet?
3. How many major activities does the group plan per semester?
4. How experienced are the student leaders?
5. How do your skills match the needs of the organization?
6. What are some of the problem areas that your organization specifically needs advisory assistance in dealing with? Ask for past examples.
7. What are some of the ways the Adviser can be more helpful to the group?
8. Will the Adviser be a silent observer at meetings or an active participant?
9. Should you interrupt during meetings if you think the group is getting off track? How? When?
10. If things get unruly, should you interrupt or remain silent?
11. Is the Adviser expected to give feedback? How? When?12. Are there areas of the organization that are "hands off" to the adviser?
This list is not meant to be totally inclusive or applicable to every organization, but it may serve as a guideline when determining the role you will play.
It is also important to bear in mind that the job of Adviser is not always an easy one. At times you may have to make a difficult decision or take an action which is not popular with the organization. It is important to realize that your first responsibility is to the health and well-being of the students and to uphold campus and community policies and regulations. It may be necessary on occasion to use your authority to ensure that you meet these responsibilities.
Adapted from East Carolina University Student Organization Handbook