Advisor Training and Development

The Academic Advising Office participates in and offers advisor training and development opportunities to advisors across campus. Advisors interested in particular student populations or advising topics are encouraged to reach out to their department's advising liaison or contact the office by emailing or calling 608-796-3084. 

New Advisor Training

All new advisors work with the Academic Advising office to learn about advising philosophy and approaches, degree requirements, and student technology. Faculty advisors also receive major-specific advising training with their academic discipline's advising liaison. 

Advising Development Offerings

Advisor development sessions are developed by the Academic Advising office for all advisors across campus to come together to learn, discuss, and share personal advising experiences around a central theme or topic. All advisors are invited by email to participate, and sessions are posted in the University Events Calendar and VU Today. 

2021-2022 Topics

  • Academic Advising for Social Justice: Theory, Reflection, and Practice

  • Advising Neurodiverse Students

  • Advising Male College Students

  • Deconstructing White Privilege in Advising

  • Nudging Students to Success: The Integration of Academic Advising and Motivational Psychology
Advising Liaisons
The Academic Advising Liaisons meet regularly with departments to share information and updates, collaboratively support students, assist with advisor training and support, and to serve as a point of contact for other advisors. The goal of these conversations is to work together to enhance and promote student success by sharing relevant and timely updates and promoting use of available tools that aid in communication and collaboration.  How can academic departments and advising liaisons work together? The following items could be helpful items to discuss together: 
  • Using Starfish as an advisor
  • Registration reminders, best practices
  • Graduation plan approval support
  • Helping review next term course schedule drafts
  • Changes to the catalog or course rotations 
  • Revamping sample four year plans
  • Success strategies for particular coursework
  • General or specific student support
  • Whatever may be needed or helpful to drive student success and advising initiatives forward

Academic Advising Liaisons:

 Danielle Kenitz – School of Nursing
Lisa Konkel – School of Education, ECAS, Humanities, Engineering, Math & Sciences
Kristen Nyholm – Conservatory for Performing Arts, Nutrition, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology
Kassea Krueger – Bachelor Completion Programs & College of Business, Ethics, and Leadership


Advisor Personal and Professional Development

The Academic Advising office staff prides itself in our dedication to ongoing personal and professional development to better support our students by attending a variety of local, regional, and national opportunities to engage in a variety of development topics, including but not limited to: