Author Archives: Prof. Martinez

Alberto Martinez’s Advisement Philosophy

Advisement Philosophy and Plan

I believe that successful advisement should create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere with students in order to provide them with the tools to achieve their professional and career objectives.

As an academic advisor, my goals are to:

  • Understand and make understand. I try to understand the students’ needs, personal reality, and career goals so that I can make them understand their career paths and choices.
  • Provide structure to their academic plans for students to realize that their degrees are more than an accumulation of courses. There is a meaning behind all choices they must make.
  • Help navigating the often complicated curriculum of required, electives, general education or degree-specific courses.
  • Make possible that students reach their potential. If advising is meaningful and successful, students will be able to focus all their energy in fulfilling their ambitions.

Reflections on Scavenger Hunt

Did what I find meet my expectations?

Walking through different departments, we were pleased by the amount of information posted for students. There are aspects to improve and challenges to overcome. As something to improve, the language we use to approach students could be written in a more positive way (as we discussed in our meetings), but the limitations of space where we are allowed to post signs is a challenge that makes the communication with students harder.

 One objective I will include in my department’s advising plan is…

Improve the advertising that the department currently uses to make clearer when the advisement period is taking place. We will stress to all faculty to announce in every classroom when advisement period begins.

 What story is told through our collective photos/screenshots?

Our photos and screenshots show the efforts and imaginative ways that faculty and departments try to use to remind and invite students to take advantage of everything that advisement can offer to them.

Poster in front of the new Student Center showing steps students must take for academic success. It is originally represented as a staircase.

Poster in front of the New Student Center showing steps students must take for academic success. It is originally represented as a staircase.

Pearl Building. Communication Design. The sign highlights a positive message to assist students “We are here to help you!”

Sign posted in the Hospitality Management Department reminding students why and how to take advantage of advisement

Sign posted in the Hospitality Management Department reminding students why and how to take advantage of advisement

CST Department advertising advisement and office hours schedule to students.

CST Department advertising advisement and office hours schedule to students.

A welcome to students

A welcome to students

Information about PDC, Service Corps, financial aid

Information about PDC, Service Corps, financial aid

Information about counseling

Information about counseling

Department Identifier

Department Identifier