Positive advising and mentoring of graduate and professional students fosters mutually beneficial relationships, leading to success for individual students and enhanced reputations for the graduate and professional programs.

Recommendations to Advise Graduate Students Remotely

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Balance Expectations with Understanding

Questions? Contact Char Voight, Director of Faculty Initiatives: cvoight@umn.edu

Priority 1: Ask Questions and Listen to Concerns

  • Be proactive in communicating with students and ask what support they need
  • Explore tips for creating new routines during isolation
  • Identify where there are unnecessary levels of stress
  • Address the pressure and challenges of productivity
  • Read why empathy is crucial to leading through crisis

Connect Students with Current Information

Point Students Towards Mental Health Resources

Collaborate with Students to Set and Adjust Goals

  • Address and eliminate as many unknowns as possible
  • Rethink the Annual Progress Review to articulate academic goals moving forward
  • Consider updating your own Advising Statement to include changes for advising remotely
  • Encourage students to begin an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to address short and long-term goals

Offer Students Resources for Remote Teaching and Research Best Practices

Additional Resources for Advisors

The RED Folder

Developed by the Office for Student Affairs, Boynton Health and the Provost's Council on Student Mental Health, the RED Folder contains resources to help you recognize indicators of student distress and how to respond and refer the student appropriately.

The Dignity Project

Developed by the Student Conflict Resolution Center, The Dignity Project offers resources that foster academic excellence by promoting civil and respectful relationships through effective prevention of and response to hostile, offensive or intimidating behavior.

Advising Statement Resources