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Student Organization Advisor Basics

What is a Student Organization Advisor?

A Student Organization Advisor is a University of Tennessee faculty or staff member who serves in an advising capacity for a registered student organization.

What are the expectations of a Student Organization Advisor?

  • Be involved in the student organization and available for students to meet with for guidance and in case of emergencies
  • Be familiar with the student organization’s mission, goals, budget, and student leadership
  • Help protect the student organization’s public image by ensuring that students understand how to represent the organization

What are the benefits of serving as a Student Organization Advisor?

Benefits for the Student Organization Advisor:

  • Mentoring experience makes you even better at your profession
  • Opportunity to build professional relationships for networking
  • Allows you to become more effective in communication and feedback

Benefits for the Student Organization Members:

  • Members gain knowledge from experienced mentor
  • Advisors facilitate group forming and goal setting
  • Advisors help students understand group differences and work through them

How do I become a Student Organization Advisor?

If you are interested in becoming a Student Organization Advisor, please complete the Student Organization Advisor Interest Form.

Who do I contact if I have questions, comments, or concerns?

Please contact Nneka Walson at or Brad Ward at