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Advisor speaking with a student.Academic Advising – I Am No April Fool

Monday, April 8

By: Elven Riley

Over the past 3 weeks I have spent 30 minutes of intense focused individual advising on over 150 students. That is 25 hours per week in what modern society once called a 40-hour work week. Many of us have accepted this seasonal assignment in addition to our other responsibilities, like grading a stack of semester’s end term papers for final grade formation. And yet I have no job description for the role. Sure, there are actual full-time professional advisors with defined roles, professional training and performance standards; but I am speaking to those of us that are departmental academic advisors. Many of us rotate in and out of the role as departmental work and teaching workloads and sabbaticals shift the assignments. I have informally polled various deans, chairs, and individual contributors with two general responses.

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