The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) held the second series of the First Year Experience for New Faculty, a year-long program, on September 30 at the Alexandria Campus. Dr. Annette Haggray welcomed 22 faculty in attendance and thanked them for their commitment to student success.
This session focused on the connection between teaching and advising practices. Dr. Keri Bowman, director of academic advising, and Loudoun Mathematics Professor Joe Agnich provided practical tips and pointers as well as heartfelt and inspirational discussions on the challenges facing students and the role of faculty in advising. Some of the best practices in advising are early and continued engagement with students, modeling the behaviors you want to see in your students and sharing with students your successes and failures.
“Every time you talk to an advisee (student) is a learning opportunity,” Agnich said. “You make a difference. Your attitude toward your students and the things you do in class and outside of class matter most.”