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Ingredients to a Good Advisor. Joseph S. Francisco Mónica Martínez-Avilés Claudette M. Rosado-Reyes. What is an Advisor?. An educator who advises students in academic and personal matters.

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ingredients to a good advisor

Ingredients to a Good Advisor

Joseph S. Francisco

Mónica Martínez-Avilés

Claudette M. Rosado-Reyes

what is an advisor
What is an Advisor?
  • An educator who advises students in academic and personal matters.
  • One who advises another, especially officially or professionally: consultant, counselor, COACH, MENTOR.
advisor mentor and coach
Advisor: Mentor and Coach
  • Professional and personal relationship with advisors (in harmony and balance) can motivate students to work harder and provide a sense of belonging and direction.
  • MENTOR = deep personal interest, personally involved—a friend who cares about you and your long term development.
  • COACH = develops specific skills for the task, challenges and performance expectations at work.
ingredients for a good advisor
Ingredients for a GOOD Advisor
  • Role model
  • Enthusiastic
  • Supportive
  • Respectful
  • Available
  • Organized
  • Open door policy
  • Good communication skills
roles of an advisor
Roles of an Advisor
  • Guiding students' research
  • Getting them involved in the wider research community
  • Finding financial support
  • Finding a position after graduation
interacting with students
Interacting with Students

Tradeoffs that have to be made in each advisor-student relationship are:

  • Amount of direction
    • Self-directed/hands-off vs. ``spoon-feeding'' topics and research projects.
  • Personal interactions and psychological support
    • Do they want advice on career, family, and the like? Are you willing and able to give it, or to find someone else to advise them?
  • Amount and type of CONSTRUCTIVE criticism
    • General directions vs. specific suggestions for improvement.
  • Frequency of interaction
    • Daily vs. once a semester.
improving the atmosphere of your interactions
Improving the Atmosphere of Your Interactions
  • Meet over lunch or coffee to make interactions more relaxed and less stressful.
  • Strive to maintain an open, honest relationship. Respect your students as colleagues.
  • Tell them if you think they're asking for too much or too little time or guidance.
advisor prot g relationships
Advisor-Protégé Relationships
  • Find in your advisor someone who
    • Listen respectfully to your ideas, even when he/she disagrees with them
    • Believes in you under any circumstance, even when others might doubt your abilities
    • Share his/her own real-life experiences as a professional and as a person
      • Help you develop your definition of success, since success can be achieved in a number of ways
    • Macro and micro manage with balance the culture of the work place
issues for women
Issues for Women
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Isolation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Unusual time pressures arising from family responsibilities
  • Lack of a support network
  • Lack of relevant experience
women as advisors and mentors
Women as Advisors and Mentors
  • Help other women in navigating their careers while guiding them in combining full-time careers with satisfying personal and family lives
  • Universities are urged to involve female faculty members in all aspects of university life
    • Leadership and decision-making roles
female advisors empowering relationships
Female Advisors Empowering Relationships
  • Students learn that mutual empowering relationships mobilize the energies, resources and strengths of both people
    • Mitigate situations that bring about unspoken stereotypes of female vs. male roles
  • Psychosocial functions
    • Role Modeling
      • Model diversity in women’s lives today
    • Acceptance and Affirmation
  • Career Functions
    • Sponsorship, coaching and networking
students thoughts on the matter
Students Thoughts on the Matter…

What to look for in an advisor:

  • Schedules regular meeting with individual students (as opposed to saying drop in anytime, which makes the student have to look for the professor and guess when he/she is around)
  • Actually shows up for scheduled meetings
  • Funds students
  • Encourages students to write and submit papers
  • Takes students to conferences (with a paper? without a paper?)
  • Introduces students to colleagues when at conferences
  • Points out workshops, interesting mailing lists, professional societies, and current publications of interest to the student
  • Gives the kind of help *you want/need* for finding research topics
  • Is currently up-to-date on research in field
  • Allows students to take proper credit for their work
  • Writes good letters of recommendation
  • Helps students find jobs (recommends people to contact? contacts people for the students?)
in summary
In Summary…

In order to be a good advisor, you have to relate to your graduate students as individuals, not just as anonymous research assistants or tickets to tenure and co-authored publications. A good advisor will help their students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, to build on the former, and to work on overcoming the latter.

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