University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Advising In the Psychological Science Department

The fundamental purpose of academic advising in the Department of Psychological Science is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas. Familiarize yourself with the purpose of academic advising and the responsibilities of the student and of the advisor in this process.

The Psychological Science department has a dual advising and mentoring process to meet the needs of our students. We have walk in hours every day from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Monday through Friday in John Dewy Hall, room 246B. The Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, Dr. Shamila Lekka is available during these hours to help students:

  • monitor their academic progress, and review their CATS report.
  • assess their progress toward academic and career goals
  • understand the requirements and policies for their major and degree

Students should also make an appointment each semester to meet with their faculty advisor using the online academic advising request form. Each psychological science faculty advisor has about 40-60 assigned advisees. When you meet with a faculty advisor you can expect the advising and mentoring session to include some or all of the following:

  • You and your advisor can jointly develop an action plan for reaching your academic goals.
  • You and your advisor will discuss your grade point average, and, if appropriate, specific strategies to improve your grade point average.
  • If appropriate, your advisor will help you identify student services on campus that may be particularly appropriate for your needs and interests
  • Your advisor will help you pursue opportunities for undergraduate honors, research, and internships, should you be interested.
  • Your advisor will listen to and respect the decisions you make regarding your UVM education and career goals but will NOT MAKE THESE DECISIONS FOR YOU OR TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING THESE DECISIONS. THIS RESPONSIBILITY RESTS SQUARELY WITH YOU!

Seeking Other Sorts of Advising?

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to psychological science and is prepared to mentor you though your career at UVM. There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support such as student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Last modified August 28 2015 09:22 AM

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