Student Organization Advisor Development & Resources

Dear Student Organization Advisors,

On behalf of the Office for Student Leadership and Involvement, please know that we appreciate the time, expertise, and ideas you contribute to our student organizations. We know how rewarding and challenging it can be to advise student organizations, and we are here to support you.

The Advisor Development Program includes a variety of online resources, programs and interactive workshops with the purpose of providing you support and recognition. Please explore the information on this webpage to find information about polices and procedures, and a vast array of resources for new and returning advisors.

Thank you for serving as a role model for our students and helping them take advantage of co-curricular learning!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you ever need assistance.
The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement

Charlie Warner
Director, Student Leadership and Involvement
Jackie Aliotta
Assistant Director, Student Leadership and Involvement





The purpose of this guide is to help advisors navigate the resources available to them. It is a collection of best practices in the field of higher education; however it is not a magical formula for guaranteed success. The contents should enhance the advisor’s effectiveness, rapport with students, and overall enjoyment of the advising experience.
The advisor’s role in student development is a critical part of co-curricular involvement. While the lessons learned are not taught inside a classroom, these online tutorials will provide advisor with the basic steps in order to deal with some of the fundamental issues for student organization management.
  1. Bledsoe, T., Brown, S.R., Goldstein, A.R., Goyen, K.D., Rounds, L.E., Street, J.L., Wisbey, M.E. (1997).  Describing the Climate of Student Organizations: The Student Organization Environment Scales.  Journal of College Student Development, 38 (4), 417-428.

  2. Boatman, S.A. “Astin’s Theory of Student Involvement: Implications for Campus Activities.” Paper presented at the National Association for Campus Activities national convention, Washington, D.C., 1986.

  3. DiPaolo, D.G. (2010). Research Revisited: When Student Leaders Don’t. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 5 (2), 64-70.

  4. Dugan, J.P. (2006). Explorations Using the Social Change Model: Leadership Development among College Men and Women. Journal of College Student Development, 47 (2), 217-255.

  5. Dunkel, N.W. (2004, January 6). The Responsibilities of Advising a Student Organization. NASPA NetResults. Retrieved from

  6. Foubert, J.D. and Grainger, L.U. (2006). Effects of Involvement in Clubs and Organizations on the Psychosocial Development of First-Year and Senior College Students. NASPA Journal, 43 (1), 166-182..

  7. Greenwald, R. (2010, December 5). Today’s Students Need Leadership Training Like Never Before. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.

  8. Hoffman, D., Perillo, P., Hawthorne Calizo, L.S., Hadfield, J. and Lee, D.M. (2005). Engagement versus Participation: A Difference that Matters. About Campus, 10 (5), 10-17.

  9. Lloyd, J.M. (2006, June 28). Student Organizations: What are Students Learning from Their Experiences?. NASPA NetResults. Retrieved from

  10. McCluskey-Titus, P. (2004, January 20). Student Organization Advisor as Mentor: A Different Paradigm?. NASPA NetResults. Retrieved from

  11. Murray, J.L. (2010). When Involvement Becomes “Busyness”. About Campus, 15 (5). 9-16. doi: 10.1002/abc.20036

  12. Roper, L.D. and Conneely, J.F. (2009.) Honoring Our Diversity Commitment. NASPA Leadership Exchange, 7 (4), 18-21.

  13. Sampson, K. “Group Development Concepts.” In N.W. Dunkel and C.L. Spencer (eds.), Advice for Advisors: The Development of an Effective Residence Hall Association. Columbus, Ohio: Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, 1993.

  14. Tuckman, B., and Jensen, M. “Stages of Small Group Development Revisited.” Group and Organizational Studies, 1977, 2, 419-427.

  1. Astin, A. W. What Matters in College? Four Critical Years Revisited. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993.
  2. Barr, M.J. “Institutional Liability: What Are the Risks and Obligations of Student Services?” In M.J. Barr And Associates, Student Services and the Law: A Handbook for Practitioners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1988b.
  3. Bloland, P.A. “Introduction.” In J.H. Schuh (ed.), A Handbook for Student Group Advisers. Alexandria, Va.: American College Personnel Association, 1987.
  4. Dunkel, N.W., & Schuh, J. H. (1998). Advising student groups and organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  5. Hennessy, T.J. and Loren, N. “Budget and Fiscal Management.” In J.H. Schuh (ed.), A Handbook for Student Group Advisers. (2nd ed.) Alexandria, Va.: American College Personnel Association, 1987.
  6. Komives, S.B. “Increasing Student Involvement Through Civic Leadership Education.” In C.C. Schroeder, P. Mable, and Associates, Realizing the Educational Potential of Residence Halls. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994.
  7. Kouzes, J.M. and Pozner, B.Z. The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1987.
  8. McKaig, R., and Policello, S. “Group Advising—Defined, Described and Examined.” In J.H. Schuh (ed.), A Handbook for Student Group Advisers. Alexandria, Va.: American College Personnel Association, 1987.
  9. Pascarella, E.J., and Terenzini, P.T. How College Affects Students: Findings and Insights from Twenty Years of Research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991.

Advisors are invited to join the “Student Organization Advisors Group” in the OrgSync portal. Joining will allow advisors to communicate with one another to share experiences as well as provide a direct connection additional resources and documents. Information and minutes from the “Advisor Development Workshops” will be available here.


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