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Philosophy of Academic Advisement

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Academic advisement should be a door of opportunity for all students. The college and the advisor should aim to provide for each student an inviting and comfortable physical environment to help foster a respectful, professional and effective interaction. As an architect in the dept of architectural technology, I am acutely aware of the significance, power and potential of our built environment. It can offer a foundation for establishing conducive conditions for all facets of human activity including academic advisement.

Once the optimal physical conditions are in place, the advisor should then aim to provide an atmosphere where students are able to freely express their concerns, interests, ambitions and dreams and be open and trusting to discuss any difficulties, fears or obstacles for their current role as students, and concerns or questions about their future role in the career-based working world.

The above is based on my experience in advising hundreds of students over the past 11 years.  Since 2008, I’ve met with students from across the department who come from around the block or from around the world, each with a uniqueness all their own. In order to offer useful guidance and support for our students and their academic lives – which is inevitably linked to their personal, family or work situations – it is vital to approach advisement with a big picture/holistic view. We should aim to help our students find awareness of their own realistic potential, to impart the importance of honesty, to help develop, enhance and nurture the skillsets needed for success on their own path forward.  Wayfinding in college, with clarity and practice of patience, helps prepare a student for wayfinding in the real working world ahead.

Joanne Weinreb Advising Philosophy

“When a word comes from the heart, it enters the heart. And when it leaves the tongue [only], it does not pass through the ears.” Moshe ibn Ezra (1055-1140)

 These words stated one thousand years ago still apply today. When people speak with each other with care, those sentiments are felt and the advice is sooner taken. This certainly holds true for the conversation between an advisor and a student. I want to focus on three aspects of the advising relationship:  honesty, accessibility and individualization.


Advice given to each student should be tailored to that individual. For each program there are essential courses and requisite GPA that all students must take. The individualization goes beyond that to understand what the interests and future plans of the students are and how their school experience can help them achieve these goals.


Honesty must be present from both sides. The student should be honest and realistic both with themselves and with the advisor. An advisor must openly and honestly represent what the students’ options are. Additionally, a student must be able to trust the advisor to follow up on what was promised.


Students should understand when and where information is available.



M. Giuliani – Philosophy

Maria Giuliani
Advisement Philosophy: Welcoming – Understanding – Comprehensive

  • Always welcoming.
  • Be understanding of the student and his/her goals and future. To be able to offer better advisement, I must maintain current with industry and understand the differences between the areas of Communication Design and the curriculum that we offer.
  • Continue to offer solutions and guidance with our audit, registration, articulation agreements, course subs, course checklist and mapping, department orientations and others (Areas that students often ask about or have concerns). Be positive and fast and assure students that many things can be resolved.

Mentoring – Conversation- Informative

I see advising as mentoring. Mentoring students on their way to obtain a degree and beyond – through the process of setting their goals and achieving those goals for their future career. I intend to encourage honest and informative conversation and build a relationship that will encourage them to come back when they need help.That would be through sharing my experiences with them, sharing the information about the resources (job/internship/tutoring opportunities…), help them understand and navigate advisement pages, degree maps, etc.

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.

Chris Blair’s Advisement Philosophy

I take a holistic approach to student advisement that helps students reflect on their own set of goals and values. I also try to create a more relaxed atmosphere where students feel comfortable sharing ideas, setbacks, and wishes. Although this philosophy necessitates a bit more time allocated to each student, experience suggests that students walk away with a more satisfied advisement session. In some cases, students are not sure why they are enrolled in the program. In these cases, I work with the student to help him/her find a degree program more suitable to his/her talents. Finally, for each advisee I try to allocate time to discuss potential career options or graduate/professional school opportunities post-graduation. Broadly speaking, my goal as an advisor is to get each student emotionally invested in his/her own education and to provide all the necessary guidance to reach that objective.

Personal Advising Philosophy – ggarrastegui

Personal Advising Philosophy 

Advising Philosophy

To provide an honest perspective, not only solving issues for students but focusing on their career path. I am continually building industry connections that facilitate access to our students. This will continue to allow me to better understand the adaptability of the creative career and assist in guiding how each student can make better choices. I see myself as understanding, objective and a career driven department advisor. This structured advisement can allow students to get the most out of their time at City Tech. 

Advising Action Plan

I foresee a shift in the way I approach advisement. It should be more diligent and purposeful. How can I help students establish and navigate a clear path toward graduation and a creative career? My ability to understand the nuances of the audit and collaboration with college partners allows me to provide focused advisement. This means recognizing the student, their needs and goals in a continued respectful and approachable manner. I want to allow the students to gain confidence in their career decision making,  offering support and guidance along the way.

The connections that I bring into the department keep me up-to-date as to how the industry shifts and I can pass that along to our students. Advising should be a shared plan for success. As a new accredited department which is constantly evolving, I would like to alleviate any confusion with credit accumulation and focus on career goals.

  • Create a measured plan of action to establish a baseline
  • Welcome student and treat with respect
  • Allow time for a personal exchange of ideas

My Personal Philosophy on Advisement – first draft

Advisement Philosophy                                            DRAFT  6/9/2019

Barbara Smith Mishara

Department of Architectural Technology

 In the Department of Architectural Technology, advisement occurs within a community of students, staff and faculty. Each with a personalized path to accomplish a professional goal. Advisement is a journey or continually developing process. For students this might start as simply getting through the semester, then achieving a desired GPA, completing graduation requirements, obtaining satisfying work or becoming a licensed architect.

For faculty the eventual goal may be publication, development of a new course or college wide recognition. For staff, it may be application of a new technology, development of a social media platform for the department or completion of a master’s degree.

Each person within the community is supported and guided by others.

Advisement is holistic and open to possibilities. I may never write a program for VR, but I can support and encourage a colleague who is working in this area.

Each person is an individual and must discover what interests and excites them. There are many ways to practice architecture.

John’s Personal Advisement Philosophy


Collaborate – Interests – Values – Future

As an academic advisor I will work in collaboration with students so that together we will:

  • Create a path to completion of the degree requirements of their chosen major
  • Identify viable career paths based on their interests, area of focus, values and lifestyle
  • Articulate an academic career plan from course work, to internship and beyond