ERIC Number: ED339257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Bridge the Gap.
Klein, Mel; Cufaude, Jeffrey B.
ACU-I Bulletin, v57 n5 p4-7 Sep 1989
This document consists of two paired articles: the first, "Preparing Faculty Out of Class Experiences," by Mel Klein, and the second, "Help Advisers Be More Than Ghost Signatures," by Jeffrey B. Calfaude. Each article shares insights on how faculty advisers "bridge the gap" between students and faculty. When faculty members are asked to advise student organizations for the first time, student union professionals should meet with them to communicate that faculty roles are active and dynamic and their responsibilities are complex. Student groups expect advisers to become major problem solvers, mediators, guides, critics, and resources. Good advisers dedicate a portion of personal time to the organization, becoming part of its structure, dealing with membership diversity and representing organizational continuity. Prospective advisers should also be told of the personal satisfactions of the job, both in watching and helping students mature and in the appreciation of current and former students. To be knowledgeable, well-prepared, and effective advisers, faculty members must be provided information and guidance to enhance the potential for productive, successful, and enjoyable adviser/student relationships. (10 references) (MSE)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Faculty, College Students, Extracurricular Activities, Faculty Advisers, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Interaction, Student Organizations, Student Unions, Teacher Participation, Teacher Student Relationship
Association of College Unions-International, 400 E. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47405 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
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