Attracting, Advising, Teaching, Awarding & Hiring Undergrad & Grad Students

What are my first priorities regarding students? 

Suggestions to get you started:

  1. Attracting prospective undergraduate and graduate students to your major or program:  
    • Get the real numbers about the students in your department through Flagship Analytics: how many, who and when?  
    • Collaborate with your school/college communications regarding messaging about your department's majors, programs and achievements. 
    • Include your students in the vibrancy and life of the department, being always mindful of responding to the diverse student population we serve.
  2. Advising, supporting and mentoring:
    • Schedule regular meetings with the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Directors and Advising Staff to get updates.  
    • Be proactive about student concerns. Listen and get advice.
      • Learn about issues regarding your students' experiences from dean/student advisory committees or other avenues.
      • Meet with staff who have direct contact with both graduate and undergraduate students and are privy to questions or concerns. 
  3. Awarding:
    • Identify the departmental and cross-campus awards available to students.
    • Review the student recognition procedures for your department and discuss with the person responsible for administering the scholarships and awards relevant to your graduate and undergraduate students.
    • Meet with the school/college development team to assess how to appeal to alumni donors to create opportunities for scholarships. 
  4. Hiring:  
    • Become familiar with the GEO contract. Contact Academic Personnel with questions and clarification. 
    • Familiarize yourself with what graduate students can and cannot be hired to perform as teaching or research assistants. Your business manager will likely be familiar with this, but you can also reach out to the graduate employment office.  Graduate students may be hired to teach gen.ed. classes in your program, but are sometimes more expensive than hiring a temporary faculty member. You may have funding for TAs (teaching assistants) in your budget.
    • Faculty may include student positions (research assistants) on their grants that you will need to approve. Review duties and the budget.  
  5. Problem Solving:
    • Delay making quick decisions to get advice and/or delegate to others.
    • Get advice from your Dean, the Dean of Students, or other campus resources (below).
      • Undergraduate concerns can be referred to the associate dean for undergraduate education (or equivalent) in your school/college.
      • Graduate student concerns can be directed to the associate dean for graduate education in your school/college.

Student Support and Advising: 

Our department holds 'town hall meetings' to hear students' opinions on pressing issues that affect our department community.