Student Club or Organization Advisor Information

Student-faculty interaction outside of the classroom enhances the overall college experience and reaps many benefits. A club or organization advisor must be either full-time faculty or administrative/professional staff at Purdue University North Central or otherwise approved by the Dean of Students Office. Individuals classified as graduate students may not serve as advisors to student organizations. Below are a list of the roles and responsibilities that an advisor should follow while advising a club or organization.

Advisor’s Role

  • Attending weekly meetings of the club and officers meeting, if held.
  • Having club officers maintain current and accurate club member information.
  • Providing continuity with the history and tradition of past years
  • Heading off situations that might rise to poor public relations for the organization or the University
  • Providing advice when called upon
  • Preventing the group from breaking University rules
  • Serving as an exemplar of intellectual virtue
  • Arbitrating intra-group disputes

Group Growth Functions

  • Teaching the techniques and responsibilities of being a good leader and follower
  • Coaching the officers in the principles of good organizational and administrative practice
  • Developing self-discipline and responsibility among group members
  • Teaching the elements of effective group operation
  • Developing procedures and plans for actions (membership development, recruitment, fundraising, etc.)
  • Keeping the group focused on its goals
  • Stimulating or even initiating activities and programs

Program Content Functions

  • Introducing new program ideas with an intellectual flavor
  • Providing opportunities for the practice of classroom-acquired skills
  • Helping the group to apply principles and concepts learned in the classroom
  • Pointing out new perspectives and directions to the group
  • Supplying expert knowledge and insights of experience