Academic Advisor Roles and Responsibilities

Professor speaks to his class in language lab, CAS
Professor Scott Hartley, wearing protective glasses, talks with students in the lab, CAS

To ensure that Miami meets the advising system goal that the “roles and contributions of different types of advisors and academic support personnel [to be] clear,” we have articulated the different types of persons responsible for academic advising as well as their general advising-related responsibilities. 

Note: Although each academic division/campus may have some variations on the roles and responsibilities, all of them generally will follow the descriptions below.

Assistant Dean, Director of Student Services, & Regional Directors of Advising

  • Oversees and coordinates the policies, procedures and administrative functions relating to advisement within the academic divisions, in alignment with University-wide guidelines
  • Serves as member of UAAC and makes sure that chief departmental advisors and professional staff advisors are trained and kept abreast of advising functions and issues and that advising is delivered consistently and in a high quality manner across the division
  • Serves on Interdivisional Committee  of Advisors and considers petitions
  • Coordinates academic advising activities in Summer Orientation for new first year students, incoming transfer students and international students
  • Oversees graduation certification
  • Oversees divisional assessment of academic advising
  • Oversees the assignment of advisors to students
  • Coordinates divisional academic intervention processes, and collaborates with Student Success Center to provide midterm interventions
  • Offers additional support to faculty advisors who are advising students with difficulties that extend beyond academic issues (e.g. psychological and medical issues, personal crises, etc.)

Chief Departmental Advisor

  • Ensures that faculty advisors are trained in policies and procedures and advising protocols and guidelines
  • Assigns student advisees to faculty advisors
  • Serves on divisional petition committee
  • Supports or implements divisional and university initiatives
  • Facilitates DARs exceptions and graduation checks/certifications
  • Facilitates meetings with students who have academic difficulty or special circumstances
  • Oversees assessment of advising in the department
  • Teaches UNV 101 (optional)

Faculty Advisor

  • Works one on one with students on their academic plans which include Global Miami Plan, major and other curricular and experiential learning choices
  • Completes annual academic advising development
  • Provides internship and career counseling as appropriate
  • Assists students with major declaration
  • Refers advisees to others as appropriate
  • Teaches UNV 101 (optional)

Professional Staff Advisor in Academic Divisional Advising Offices

  • Provides one-on-one academic advising to designated students who are at higher risk or need additional support
  • Provides additional support to students prior to graduation to ensure timely degree completion
  • Assists with new student orientation advising
  • Assists with academic interventions
  • Sends proactive advising information to all chief departmental advisors and students
  • Offers additional support to faculty advisors
  • Serves as liaison with residence life staff for transitional support
  • Teach UNV 101, when possible
  • Undergoes annual development and refers students as appropriate