Advisor Training Committee

Well-trained advisors add significant value to institutions in terms of learning, persistence, and overall student satisfaction.  Advisors need planned, comprehensive training and development that span their careers.

NACADA, 2017


Academic advising is an ever-evolving job. The task of the Training Committee is thus to ensure advisors are provided information- and skill-training on a continual basis. Step one was to create an online compontent. The Professional Development and Training committees partnered to create this website in the hopes of establishing a supportive, resourceful place for advisors to go to for answers. Step two is to ensure all advising centers share the same foundational knowledge necessary to do our best work. Through Refresher and New Hire Trainings, we strive to use information and best practice sharing so that MTSU's decentralized advising centers can stay connected and feel supported. 

  • See the Events page for a look at upcoming scheduled trainings.
  • See Trainings Archive for a look at past training session notes and agendas.
  • Use the Comments/Questions form if you have suggestions to offer for future trainings. 

 

Current Members

 

Bryanna Licciardi (Chair)

Janaé Daniels

James Wicks

Tamika Mitchell

 


Training Member Guidlines and Objectives

 

Objectives

  • To incorporate a core university training as specified in the updated Quest for Student Success.
  • To promote information-sharing and skills training to provide MTSU’s professional advisors relevant and timely information about university services, policies, and opportunities.
  • To increase advisor engagement with technology as a means of increasing campus communication, sharing support resources, and exploring student development and advising theories.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:

The ideal committee member candidate

  • commits to serve for one year,
  • possesses demonstrated experience in training and/or advising,
  • commits to 1-2 hours per week to obligations such as liaising with speakers, project research, and campus outreach,
  • promptly responds to communication among members,
  • attends all committee meetings and events,
  • actively engages with colleagues, coordinates activities, and participates in all events,
  • exhibits characteristics of responsibility, dependability, and accountability with regard to assigned duties,
  • and possesses a resourceful and entrepreneurial approach to developing new ideas and innovative perspectives on advisor training.

Events/Projects

The following are the committee’s ongoing projects and events:

  • Advisor Website
    • Online training tool for both new and current advising staff members
    • Increase information and best practice sharing across advising centers
  • New Hire Training
    • Create a foundation for new advisors to build upon each college’s individual training
    • Promote teamwork, shared experience, and networking across campus
    • Offer case studies to demonstrate how to utilize training/resources (e.g. advising manual and website)
  • Refresher & Targeted Trainings
    • Provide relevent and timely updates to campus policy and best practices
    • Maintain communication across campus
    • Re-establish utility of resources
    • Re-energize advisors by way of support, team-building, and engagement
  • Needs Assessment
    • Pre- and post-training surveys to gather data on effectiveness
    • Ongoing outreach to campus that will help build relationships between the committee, members, and leadership
    • Used to determine where training is lacking and improve the committee’s effectiveness on a continual basis
    • Updates with managers to ensure the committee’s work is benefiting all advising centers on campus, and that all advisors are utilizing it