UNC Greensboro is committed to the professional development of the advisors across campus. Your role is critical to the success of our students. The Advisors’ Academy has been designed to provide a variety of professional development opportunities and tools to support the members of our advising community.

UNCG Advising Orientation
These online modules help newly hired employees with advising responsibilities understand the UNCG advising philosophy. They serve as an introduction to the technology, resources, and policies advisors need to know in order to best support their students. Best of all, you can return to these modules at any time for a refresher as needed. You can access the modules available soon through Canvas.

Coffee & Conversation
These informal conversations focus on topics relevant to advisors at UNCG. Presenters from across campus share their resources, tips, and information to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our work. The Coffee & Conversation series takes place September-May at 8:30 a.m. in the Elliott University Center Maple Room. A schedule of events and topics available here.

Annual Workshop Series
The Annual Workshop series provides more in-depth training to build important competencies in UNCG advisors. A schedule of workshops and topics available here. Register for upcoming events here.

DEAP (Developing Exceptional Advising Professionals)
DEAP is a three-tiered certification process. Any advisor who has been employed at UNCG for at least a year is eligible to apply for the DEAP certification program. Applicants must provide a personal statement outlining their interest for participating in DEAP, how the experience will enable them to improve their advising practice and contribution to the UNCG community. A letter of support from the immediate supervisor is also required. Application materials will be available later in 2019.

Resources and Other Training Opportunities
The University offers other training opportunities through the Office of Human Resources and the Dean of Students Office. Specific training opportunities through the Office of Human Resources can be found here. The Dean of Students Office offers training such as:

Ask, Listen, Refer: Ask, Listen, Refer is a 20 minute, online suicide prevention tool designed to train non-clinical personnel (faculty, staff, and students) on suicide risk detection, intervention, and referral. The tutorial offers suggested dialogues and focuses on these three critical steps; Ask, Listen, Refer.

UNCG Cares:   This training is presented by the Dean of Students Office that teaches faculty and staff how to recognize and support students in distress. Participants will learn about:

  • types of distress that students experience
  • how to recognize signs of distress
  • strategies for reaching out to students
  • how to make effective referrals to campus resources

By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in their office so students can easily recognize faculty and staff who have been trained.

You can sign up for training by following this link and selecting “Dean of Students Office Workshop Series”. You can also request a training for your department by completing a request at: https://sa.uncg.edu/dean/outreach/

Below are links to some advising tools and policies, more information is provided in the orientation modules and the Canvas Advisors’ Academy page.

Advising Tools and Policies

Advising Technology Tools

As you move through the Advisors’ Academy, you have the opportunity to earn badges for your participation or performance. In order to earn badges you may be required to submit an artifact demonstrating your participation or competence development. Follow the instructions given by your workshop facilitator and/or in Canvas to earn your badge.

For questions or suggestions about the Advisors’ Academy, please email Samantha Raynor, Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Student Success Initiatives: slraynor@uncg.edu