Advising Fellows

Advising Fellows is a professional development program for experienced advising and student services staff designed 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 one-semester program, under the direction of Susan Hagstrom, Manager of Advising Strategy and Training.

Program Structure

Advising Fellows is a one-semester commitment, with possibility of extension. For Spring 2022, program dates are January 14 to May 13 (nine Friday meetings).

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

Commitment

  • Contribute approximately 10-15 hours per month, depending on project.
  • Attend bi-monthly cohort meetings (tentatively every other Friday from 10-11:30), and project team meetings as needed.
  • Lead or co-lead one larger project (see Sample Advising Fellows Projects below).
  • Complete one smaller activity from a menu of options (see Sample Advising Fellows Projects below).
  • Facilitate one check-in activity at an Advising Fellows all-team meeting.
  • Participate in an informational interview with another Advising Fellow.
  • Complete a Statement of Advising Philosophy by the end of the program.
  • Complete an Advising Fellows program evaluation.
  • Assist with recruitment, selection, orientation, and onboarding of next cohort.

Benefits of Participation

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

  • Forge a stronger network and sense of community 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. We welcome applications from staff who work with pre-collegiate, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and visiting students.

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 years of student services experience, including 1 year minimum at UC Berkeley.
  • Ability to make a one semester 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 and staff experience.
  • Holistic, equity-oriented, strengths-based approach to student services.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently, as well as with a team.
  • Desire to learn, grow, and contribute as a professional.

Application Process

Up to six 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 or view recording. 
  2. Submit application by deadline, including resume. Candidates must secure pre-approval from their supervisor to apply.
  3. Finalist interviews will be held in December and early January.
  4. Selection of Fellows and assignment of projects will be finalized in early January. 
  5. Written agreements will be signed in January.

Sample Advising Fellow Projects

  • Peer Advising/Counseling/Mentoring/Ambassador Program Network: Explore campus interest and potentially relaunch the Peer Advising Network. Develop a plan for sustainability of the Network. 
  • Community of Care Programming: Explore, research, plan and host meaningful community care approaches for advising and student services. Depending on the interest of the Fellow, as well as what is discovered during the exploration and research phase, this could include workshops, support group, book club, large events, new work practices, mindfulness activities, art, exercise groups, and more.  
  • 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.

Additional Activities Menu (complete one, in consultation with Manager of Advising Strategy and Training):

  • Facilitate an Advising Circle.

  • Host an Advancing Practice workshop.

  • Create/oversee an Advancing Practice workshop.

  • Teach or co-teach the Fellows one tool/exercise at an Advising Fellows all-team meeting.

  • Participate in the NewBe pilot and give feedback on the experience, suggested improvements.

  • Provide feedback on the Advising Matters website as requested/needed.

  • Invite and host a guest speaker at a Friday Fellows’ meeting.

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