Student organization advisors play a critical role in the life of the organization. Advisors contribute experience and the ability to guide an organization to be successful in all of their endeavors. All student organizations are required to have a full-time faculty/staff advisor who is employed by Florida Atlantic University.

In order to help advisors and their organizations be successful, the Office of Student Involvement offers the following tips for organizations and their advisors:

Tips for Maintaining a Good Relationship with Your Advisor

The following are tips for maintaining a good relationship with your advisor.

  1. Keep the advisor informed of meetings and activities
  2. Set a meeting time that is convenient for both the membership and the advisor. If this is not possible, ask the advisor if he or she could make it to one general meeting a month and see if you can set up a weekly or bi-weekly meeting for the officers and advisors to keep each other informed.
  3. Sit down with your advisor and talk about proposed activities. Let him/her know what he/she can help you with. Don't wait until the last minute before going to talk with your advisor.
  4. Do things in a timely manner. Don't ask the advisor to do work that you should do for yourself.
  5. Keep in mind that your advisor volunteered for this position because he/she wanted to help you. Advisors do not get paid for their time. Keeping them informed and saying "thank you" for their help goes a long way in keeping a good advisor for your organization.
  6. Be honest.
  7. Encourage advisors to attend advisor roundtables when offered, workshops and other leadership opportunities with you and the members of your group. 

Tips for Maintaining a Good Relationship with Your Student Organization

  1. Stay engaged with the membership of the organization
  2. Set clear expectations regarding your role and what both sides can expect
  3. Read and become familiar with the organizations constitution and by-laws
  4. Help them in developing critical-thinking and effective communication skills
  5. Discuss concerns privately with the president of the organization
  6. Keep a sense of humor

Additionally, the Office of Student Involvement offers the following resources: