Just-in-Time: Faculty Resources for Academic Advising Day


large group of faculty and staff eating lunch around tables in a large classroom before the start of the training program

Just-in-Time Training for Faculty Academic Advising 2023

Academic Advising Day is just around the corner, on Thursday, February 22! Classes are not held to provide time for faculty to connect with their advisees. This is time well-spent; many studies have found that one of the most powerful influences on student persistence in college, and a predictor of work engagement and wellbeing after college, is individual attention from faculty members.

Just-in-Time Training for Faculty Academic Advising is WPI's annual program designed and delivered by faculty, for faculty, to support them in their advising and mentoring roles. About 50 faculty and staff gathered together for lunch last week for this year's program organized by the Committee on Advising and Student Life (CASL). The program included an explanation of how advising roles are shared by the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) and faculty advisors, locating and navigating advising resources, suggestions for advising each of the campus-wide degree requirements, a student's perspective on their faculty advisor's impact, and words of wisdom from an award-winning advisor. Breakout session opportunities focused on advising the calculus sequence, helping students navigate the hidden curriculum, and supporting neurodivergent students.

Did you miss it? No worries! The Advising and Mentoring Toolkit on the Morgan Center Canvas site includes the slides and a recording of the session, along with additional resources. (If that link does not work for you, self-enroll in the Canvas site and then go back to that direct link to the toolkit.)

Thank you to the presenters of this year's program:

  • Dan DiMassa (HUA, Chair of CASL)
  • Sarah Stanlick (DIGS)
  • Paul Reilly (OAA, CASL member)
  • Trevor Bush (BBT '24)
  • Ingrid Shockey and Dominic Golding (DIGS)
  • Adam Powell (MME, CASL member)
  • Jim Doyle (SSPS, CASL member)
  • Steve Kmiotek (CHE)
  • Crystal Brown (SSPS)
  • Amy Curran (Office of Accessibility Services)
  • Dina Rassias (MA)