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Advising Resources for Faculty

Advising Policy

Effective Fall 2011; Revised Fall 2017

Because advising is critical to students’ educational success in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we embrace the following principles and strategies to promote good advising in our programs and departments.

Advising is an educational interaction between students (advisees) and faculty members (advisors) in which both have responsibilities to one another. As a School, our community agrees on the following list of responsibilities for the two partners in this relationship:

The responsibilities of faculty advisors are:

  1. To help students plan their programs of study;
  2. To listen to students’ academic concerns and needs;
  3. To be available to students and to take an active interest in their welfare;
  4. To refer students to appropriate resources elsewhere on the campus or beyond for guidance on academic and career matters;
  5. To help students make informed choices, negotiate difficulties, and take ownership of their education by learning from the consequences of their actions and choices.

The responsibilities of students (advisees) are:

  1. To develop a program plan with liberal arts breadth and depth that may change over time as they discover new interests and passions but still leads to graduation in a timely manner;
  2. To participate actively in planning their education, setting and meeting goals;
  3. To prepare for advising appointments as instructed by their faculty advisors;
  4. To develop resourcefulness by seeking, identifying and appropriately using resources, beyond their faculty advisor, for guidance on academic and career matters; and
  5. To develop self-ownership of their education by learning to make fully informed choices and take responsibility for their decisions.

For more information about the advising structure in our School, download the HSS Advising Policy:

If you have a student who has suffered a personal loss or hardship:

  1. Complete a TCNJ Cares Referral. (If you are in a crisis situation with a student, click here.)
  2. Contact the Dean’s Office.  Academic accommodations may be possible.

Other helpful material can be found on the following pages:


School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building, Room 302
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628