Southwestern University

Advising

Advising at Southwestern is a dynamic relationship in which you collaborate with faculty and staff advisors to foster your academic potential by making connections among classes, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming.

Contact

Jennifer Leach

Jennifer Leach

Director of Advising and Retention

Phone

512.863.1886

Location

Prothro 109
Jennifer Leach

Jennifer Leach

Director of Advising and Retention

As you work with your advisor to navigate your academic career at Southwestern, the following goals will help guide the process.

Advising goals:

  • Develop an intentional collaborative relationship with your advisor.
  • Understand the structure and purpose of Southwestern’s curriculum.
  • Create a narrative that connects your classes, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming.
  • Identify and explain your personal and professional short and long-term goals.
  • Use institutional resources to meet your goals.

Resources

Use the following resources to design and support your advising experience. Contact our office anytime you have questions or additional needs.

Student Resources

An introduction to advising at Southwestern, planning tools, and frequently asked questions.

Resources for Students

Advisor Resources

Best practices for advisors, research from the field, and helpful logistical information.

Resources for Advisors


Student and Advisor Responsibilities

The student-advisor relationship can make a significant contribution to your success at Southwestern. To make the most of the advising process, please review the responsibilities of both students and advisors below.

    • Develop a strong working relationship with your advisor and make appointments when requested and necessary.
    • Be respectful and inclusive in your communications and interactions with your advisor.
    • Prepare for and be active in your advising meetings and ask questions when you have them.
    • Reflect on your personal interests, skills, and goals and share them with your advisor.
    • Learn and understand the Catalog and SU’s policies, procedures, deadlines, and requirements.
    • Use the technological resources (WebAdvisor, etc) available to help you make informed decisions toward and plan your degree requirements.
    • Seek out additional faculty and staff who can assist you with your academic and career planning when needed.
    • Follow through on plans-of-action identified during advising meetings.
    • Take responsibility for completing your academic plan.
    • Develop a strong working relationship with your advisor and make appointments when requested and necessary.
    • Be respectful and inclusive in your communications and interactions with your advisor.
    • Prepare for and be active in your advising meetings and ask questions when you have them.
    • Reflect on your personal interests, skills, and goals and share them with your advisor.
    • Learn and understand the Catalog and SU’s policies, procedures, deadlines, and requirements.
    • Use the technological resources (WebAdvisor, etc) available to help you make informed decisions toward and plan your degree requirements.
    • Seek out additional faculty and staff who can assist you with your academic and career planning when needed.
    • Follow through on plans-of-action identified during advising meetings.
    • Take responsibility for completing your academic plan.