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Professional Development for the Advising Community

Providing continuous and timely professional development for the Montclair State advising community is critical to ensuring the health of our student support structures, and therefore central to the focus of the Advising 2025 grant. The diverse community of faculty and staff that provide academic advisement to the undergraduate population serve various roles on campus and the structures they work within are nuanced based on College, academic program, and student profile. The Undergraduate Education team, along with the Advising Professional Development Committee, and the Advising Strategy Group, ensure opportunities for on-going professional enrichment are made available to all who do the important work of advising on campus.

Montclair State University bases its advising framework on the SSIPP philosophy of academic advising, which also creates the foundation for the professional development structure within the Advising 2025 grant.

In 2022-2023, the Advising Professional Development Committee expanded its mission to ensure professional development opportunities were inclusive of academic coaching and career services colleagues.

Annual Advising Excellence Awards

In an effort to recognize our faculty and staff for their outstanding work in the areas of academic and career advising, The Office of the Provost proudly sponsors the Advising Excellence Awards, held annually in the spring. Advising is one of the many vital components to student success at Montclair State University.

New Initiatives for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

  • Ensuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Reflection and discussion on advising practices
  • Promoting Health and Wellness: Resources and programming dedicated to stress relief and managing a healthy work/life balance.

Upcoming Programs and Sessions

Date Event Time Location
Monday, November 13 Advising Forum:
Advising Students on Action
2 – 3 p.m. Cole Hall, Room 340
Wednesday, November 15 Advisor Meet and Greet 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Center for Environmental
& Life Sciences, Room 120
Monday, December 18 Advisor Appreciation: Advising De-Stress Event 2 – 3:30 p.m. Student Center, 4th Floor
Past Professional Development Sessions

  • Advisor Appreciation: Summer Wind Down Workshop (September 13, 2023)
  • Advising Forum: Fall Welcome (September 22, 2023)


  • Advising Forum: Virtual Advising (October 21, 2022)
  • Advisor Appreciation: Stress Relief Workshop (November 18, 2022)
  • Advising Forum: Advising Pre-Law and Pre-Med Students (December 6, 2022)
  • Virtual Advising Forum: Professional Development as an Advisor (February 22, 2023)
  • Motivational Interviewing Workshop (April 14, 2023)
  • 2-Day Motivational Interviewing Workshop Summer Series (August 15-16, 2023)
  • Advisor Appreciation: Summer Wellness Workshop (August 17, 2023)


  • Faculty Advisor Session: Managing a High Caseload (October 5, 2021)
  • Faculty Advisor Session: Understanding Faculty and Advisor Roles (October 6, 2021)
  • Advising Forum: Return to Life on Campus and Welcome! (March 10, 2022)
  • Advising Forum: Financial Aid and SAP Advising for Students At-Potential (April 11, 2022)
  • Take a SSIPP: Get Refreshed with Advising (May 17, 2022)
  • Appreciative Advising Virtual Institute (June 13-17, 2022)
  • Next Level Advising Conference (June 16, 2022)


  • Advising 2025 Summit: Reframing Advising at Montclair (December 6, 2018)
  • Spring Advising Summit: Advising Matters (June 17-19, 2019)
  • Blunt Empathy: NACADA Live Web Event & Facilitated Discussion (Virtual May 21, 2020)
  • SSIPP The Kool Aid…Advising Doesn’t Have to be Spooky! (Virtual, October 23, 2020)