Finding an Advisor
For a new group, or an existing group that has recently lost one, it can be challenging to find an advisor on campus. This short guide offers a few pointers on how to get started. (This page is aimed at affiliate groups at the college level. If you are a high school affiliate, check out this page for help finding an advisor.)
- How active would you like the advisor to be in your group? Keep this in mind when vetting any potential advisors. This question can only be answered by your group as it is dependant on your needs and wants. There are many positives to having an active advisor, including help with navigating your school's room reservations and funding bureaucracies.
- When approaching a potential advisor, keep in mind the goals and mission of your group in case they ask. You might also want to have your group's Constitution on hand if needed.
Ideas on where to look for a potential advisor:
- If your school has a Chaplain's Office or an office intended to work with minority/religious student groups, this is a good place to start looking around.
- Look into specific departments where you might find an allied professor. Such departments often include (but are not limited to): Biology, Religious Studies, History, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, and more. Ask your group members about any teachers or professors that they've had classes with to see if they have potential candidates in mind.
- If all else fails, go to the staff who work at your school's student organizations department. They are there to help with anything your group might need, and also might be able to point you in the right direction.
If all else fails, contact us and we will do our best to help you out!