"Everyone benefits form this effort! Faculty and students in graduate and higher education programs, novice and seasoned advisers and the students and organizations with whom they work, advisers' supervisors: all who participate in the advising process will gain theoretical and practical applications from this comprehensive review." --Virginia C. Arthur, associate director for residence life, Iowa State University
"The authors have successfully combined a thorough analysis of the essential elements of student organization advising with practical tools to apply the concepts. This book is essential reading for those who aspire to be effective organizational advisors." --Sara A. Boatman, vice president for student affairs, Nebraska Wesleyan University
"This book is a practical guide for those interested in improving their performance as a group advisor. In my years in student activities, I was frequently asked what are the college's expectations of a student organization advisor? Dunkel and Schuh's book provides a ready answer to that question" --Richard N. McKaig, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, Indiana University
"An excellent tool for obtaining the fundamental foundation for those entering the field of higher education.... Dunkel and Schuh provide a valuable instrument for both beginning advisers and those interested in evaluating and refining their role as advisers in student groups and organizations." --Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs
From the Inside Flap
Working with student groups?such as sororities, fraternities, special interest, sports, recognition, and student government?can be extremely rewarding, as well as challenging. This guide, designed for both seasoned and first time advisers, provides the skills and knowledge base necessary to develop an understanding of the various kinds of student groups and how they function. Readers will learn how to meet the challenges of representing both the needs of the institution and the needs of groups.The book clarifies the various roles of the adviser, including teacher, leader, follower, supervisor, and mentor. It reviews mediation and problem solving, discusses communication and learning styles, shows how to build connections with students, understand group development, identify the boundaries between advising and friAndship, and maintain relationships with students from every walk of life. Strategies for motivating student leaders, providing academic and career assistance, and tackling budgetary and legal issues are included as well. Reading lists, suggested activities, and case studies are woven throughout the book and offer practical, day-to-day advice that make the advisory role easier and more rewarding.