Club Advisors

The Role Of An Advisor

The role of the advisor varies from organization to organization. However, what remains consistent is the tremendous impact the advisor can have in supporting the learning and leadership experiences of student organizations and their members. The success of any club is the responsibility of the members, not the advisor. Ideally, the advisor should train and counsel club members regarding the achievement of group and personal goals without controlling their actions.  Advisors add continuity to an organization, particularly at Snow College, where most leadership positions are limited to 1 year of service, resulting in a lot of annual turnover. Advisors help student leaders understand their fit in the overall mission of the college as well as how to access college resources. Advisors also help student leaders exercise good judgment in selecting programs and/or activities. Finally, through facilitation of student learning, advisors play a vital role in student organizations.

Prerequisites:
  • The advisor must be a member of the faculty or staff of the college.
  • The appointment of a faculty or staff member must be approved by his/her immediate supervisor.
  • In unique circumstances, an off-campus advisor can be approved for a Snow College club. These off-campus advisors must be reviewed by the Director of Student Life.
Advisor Expectations:
  • All advisors will be required to attend advisors meetings when necessary.
  • Support the mission of Snow College as well as college policy, including Student Rights and Responsibilities (this includes acting in a responsible and ethical manner in response to student behavior that is not in accord with Snow College policy and/or conducive to an environment of higher learning.
  • Interpret college policy and advise procedure to the club.
  • Act as a resource in planning, organizing and implementing student group events (the advisor must attend the activity).
  • Attend as many of the club meeting as needed to stay well-informed and provide leadership.
  • Serve as a liaison between the club and college administration.
  • Assist in the proper expenditure of monies for club functions.
Recruiting An Advisor:
  • You will need to find someone with the time to devote to your club.
  • You will want someone willing and motivated to be your advisor.
  • You will want someone who has a knowledge or shows interest in your organization, its mission and purpose

When approaching the person for the first time, make sure that he or she has a good, clear understanding of your organization as well as the personal commitment desired by his or her role as an advisor. It is important that you are open and honest with the potential advisor about the types of activities in which he or she would need to participate.