Advising Fellows

Advising Fellows is a professional development program for experienced advising and student services staff to enhance their project management skills and contribute their expertise to the larger student services community. 

Fellows are recruited from all divisions that directly serve students and are selected to join a 7 or 12 month program, under the direction of Susan Hagstrom, Manager of Advising Strategy and Training.

Program Structure

Advising Fellows is a 7 or 12 month commitment (June through December or June through May), with possibility of extension.

Each fellow will contribute to one or more projects. Project assignments will be determined through discussion with the fellow, their home department, and the Advising Fellows team. To ensure clear expectations, a final work agreement will be signed early in the program.

Commitment

  • Approximately 10-15 hours per month, depending on project scope
  • Attend biweekly cohort meetings, and project team meetings as needed
  • Complete program evaluation 
  • Assist with recruitment, selection, orientation, and onboarding for next cohort 

Timeline

Schedule

Info Sessions

April 21 and 28

Application deadline

May 3, end of day

Interview & selection

May 15-31

Orientation

June

Cohort meetings and projects

June to May (or June to December)

One on one check-ins

On-going

Celebration and Debrief

December, May

Participant Goals

  • Improve technical, project management, facilitation, and leadership skills by completing structured projects (specific skills gained depends upon assigned project).

  • Contribute ideas and knowledge to develop a more inclusive environment for the advising and student services community.

  • Build repetoire of team-building tools and activities.
  • Bring ideas, skills, tools, and connections back to home department.

  • Improve pedagogical and assessment skills by participating in the instructional design of professional development programs.

  • Forge a stronger network by connecting with other colleagues in the fellows cohort and across campus. 

  • Gain a deeper understanding of larger campus student services structure and resources.

Eligibility

Fellows ideally come from a wide variety of campus divisions, such as schools and colleges, Student Affairs, Equity & Inclusion, University Extension, and others. 

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 years of student services experience, including 1 year minimum at UC Berkeley.
  • Ability to make a 7 or 12 month commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per month, with possibility of continuation in future terms.
  • Permission from supervisor. 

Desired Qualities

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the Berkeley student experience.

  • Holistic, equity-oriented, strengths-based approach to student services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as with a team.
  • Desire to learn, grow, and contribute as a professional.

Application Process

Up to eight fellows may be selected depending on project interest/match. Fellows may work on more than one project. A single project may also have more than one fellow assigned. 

  1. Attend Advising Fellows Program information session in April or view recording. 
  2. Submit application by May 3 deadline, including resume. Candidates must secure pre-approval from their supervisor to apply.
  3. Finalist interviews will be held during May.
  4. Selection of Fellows and assignment of projects will be finalized in May or early June. 
  5. Written agreements will be signed in June.

Potential Projects

  • Advancing Practice workshops: Identify relevant professional development workshop topics, invite presenters, coordinate and host, and evaluate.
  • Advancing Practice Certificate Program: Assist with certificate program administration, mentor cohorts of participants. Depending on interest, may participate in facilitation of Advising Philosophy statement workshop. 
  • NewBE On-boarding Program: Update existing content and build new content for onboarding advising and student services staff.
  • Remote Advising Circles: Choose topics and facilitate discussion of small brainstorming cohorts. 
  • Advising Awards: Participate in campus-wide planning committee, help shape award criteria, review nominations, help plan awards event. 
  • Anti-Racism Resources for Advising and Student Services: Provide leadership in the curation and development of resources for our community.

Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to offer input on the Advising Matters newsletter and website content, as well as to participate in other emerging projects and needs of the student services community.

Supervisors

For supervisors who want to support professional development and the larger campus vision, Advising Fellows is a no-cost program that allows staff to develop skills in project management, while also providing an opportunity for professional networking.

To ensure transparency and alignment, supervisors will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines the fellow’s project, tasks, and commitment. The time commitment from fellows will be approximately 10 hours per month. 

Supervisors are encouraged to discuss the Advising Fellows program and workload adjustments with their staff. Participation in the program makes an excellent an Achieve Together goal. If you have any questions about your staff’s involvement in the program, please feel free to email advisingmatters@berkeley.edu.