An advisor's primary responsibility is to make a strong commitment to the
group and to aid in personal growth of the individuals in that group. Above
all, advisors should be available to students on an individual and group basis,
maintaining an open and honest relationship with the members.
All current Seattle University
student clubs are required to have at least one faculty or staff advisor.
Advisors play a key role in development of an organization and its individual
members. Being an effective advisor requires developing a style that matches
the organization's needs and goals. When developing this style, it is important
to keep in mind the goals of the organization, the types of activities they are
involved in, and the overall mission of Seattle University. Prior to agreeing
to be an advisor, determine the role and time commitment required.
Taking an active role in the
organization (attending meetings, events, meeting with officers on a regular
basis, giving advice) does not mean that the advisor is running the
organization. The day-to-day operations of the organization should remain the
responsibility of the officers/members, not the advisor. The main objective of
an advisor is to be available to guide and assist the officers/members in the
mission and goals of the organization. Communication is essential and how
active or passive the advisor's role should be negotiated between the advisor
and organization prior to recognition.
The Center for Student Involvement is a resource for advisors as well as students. If you have
questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-296-6465