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Academic Advising

UAA Mentorship

UAA Mentors fulfill an important leadership role in the Undergraduate Advising program. They help us welcome new UAAs into the UAC/advising community, provide guidance in the delivery of high-quality, developmental advising, and offer additional support with individual advisor development.

More about Mentorship

UAA Mentors guide and support mentees on their roster through their first year as an advisor. Through their mentorship, UAA Mentors expand the capacity of the University Advising Center (UAC) to support and develop new staff while developing a supportive relationship with their mentees from their first days as UAC advisors.

Who Can Be a Mentor?

UAAs who have been in their role for at least one year and have achieved at least Level 2 certification.

What We Ask of Mentors

  • Be available to your mentee(s) in their first week(s)
  • Be available via Microsoft Teams (or other platforms) for quick communication to answer questions and provide clarification
  • Invite your mentee(s) to shadow your advising sessions
  • Try to anticipate frequently asked questions and provide best practices about upcoming commitments during the advising year 
  • Observe your mentee(s) and provide them feedback using the advisor observation form attached
  • Help your mentee(s) make connections with other UAAs in your professional social network
  • Serve as a non-judgmental sounding board for questions and ideas
  • Provide workflow suggestions as needed


College Role UAC Role  Mentor Role
  • Curriculum Training
  • Policy interpretation
  • Tech/space needs
  • Human Resource concerns
  • Requirements of the UAA role
  • Welcome to the culture of advising at UofSC 
  • Welcome to the University.
  • Connection to other UAAs (networking)
  • Cross-departmental “friendship”
  • Provide opportunities for shadowing.
  • Observe mentee and provide feedback.


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