Who is eligible to be an Advisor?
In order to be an Advisor you must be employed at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. All faculty and staff are eligible to advise a student organization. Full time versus part time status does not affect you ability to serve in this role.
What is the time commitment that comes along with being an Advisor?
An Advisor's time commitment can vary. Faculty and staff interested in being an Advisor should have a conversation with the leadership within the student organization they are interested in advising to discuss their expectations versus those of the student organization. Once a consensus is met around time expectations you can make a decision on whether to advise the student organization.
Is it important that I be at ALL of my organization's events?
In most cases, Advisors are not expected to regularly attend events and are never expected to be at every event. This being said, your attendance at large events such as Involvement Fairs and the Leadership Gala is appreciated.
What are the responsibilities associated with being an Advisor?
The responsibilities of an Advisor can vary from one student organization to another and should be discussed with the leadership within the student organization you are interested in or are currently advising. Most Advisors are expected to attend large events, help with budgeting, and be available to answer questions from the Office of Student Involvement or organizational leadership.
Can I be paid to be an Advisor?
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls does not pay student organization Advisors.
My organization is not performing as well as I think they should be. What should I do?
Remember that you are advising a student run organization. It is okay to let students fail sometimes. Encourage your students to accomplish the goals that they have set out to do, but do not accomplish them for them. Allowing them to struggle and discover how to effectively run a student organization will help them out in the long run.
As an Advisor, should I be an administrator on MyOrgs?
Yes, all Advisors should be an administrator on MyOrgs. If you do not have administrative privileges please contact the Office of Student Involvement.
Where can I get more information?
If you have further questions about becoming an Advisor or the roles and responsibilities associated with such a role contact the Office of Student Involvement. Staff would be happy to schedule a meeting with you to discuss the benefits and opportunities of being an Advisor, as well as to answer any questions you may have.