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Advising Student Groups and Organizations, 2nd Edition by Nancy E. Chrystal-Green, John H. Schuh, Norbert W. Dunkel

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Chapter 5Roles and Functions of Advisers

ADVISING STUDENTS IS one of the hallmarks of any university and has been an enduring function through the history of higher education. As Love and Maxam (2011) state, “advising may be the universal task in student affairs because it exists at the foundation of much of the work we do” (413). Whether you are advising one or many, no matter which department you work in, good advising takes practice, courage, and a whole lot of patience.

Throughout the chapter we discuss the qualities, skills, and knowledge you will find essential to be successful in your work with student organizations. We identify different roles you may adopt as an adviser: mentor, supervisor, and educator. We also discuss a few critical ...

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