DEVELOPING A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FACULTY MENTOR
In the College of Arts & Sciences, all students are assigned a Primary Academic Advisor. Additionally, students who are in multiple programs or degrees may be assigned a Secondary Academic Advisor to assure progress toward those program and degree requirements. A Faculty Mentor will also be assigned for each major, minor, certificate to discuss program-specific requirements, internship opportunities, and post-graduation educational and occupational goals.
A positive working relationship with faculty can be one of the most valuable experiences that you can have at SLU. Our faculty are committed to excellence: the pursuit of knowledge, the development of innovative initiatives and processes, and to your personal success. They will work with you to develop a curriculum plan that is individualized and specific to your personal and professional goals.
Possible Discussion Items
1. Academic Major and Program: What are the requirements for my major?
2. Adding a Minor or Certificate: What minor or certificate would best complement my degree and my academic interests?
3. Academic Goal: What can I do with this degree after I graduate?
4. Course Recommendations: These are the courses I plan to take. Would you recommend any
changes, additions, etc.?
5. Research/Internship Opportunities: What research/internship opportunities are available in your
department? Are there any other opportunities that you would recommend?
6. Study Abroad: What courses should I take during my semester abroad? What courses should I plan
to take the semester I return to SLU?
7. Graduate/Professional School: When should I apply to graduate school? How do I prepare for
graduate school? Is graduate school a good option for me?
IDENTIFYING YOUR FACULTY MENTOR
In order to assure that you are making progress in completing the requirements for your major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s), you should plan to meet with your Faculty Mentors and secondary advisors each semester, prior to registering for classes.
To Identify Your Assigned Advisors and Faculty Mentors
1. Log into Banner Self Service and access the Student menu, then Student Records, then View Student Information.SCHEDULING A MEETING WITH YOUR FACULTY MENTOR ON CAMPUS
2. After selecting a term (chose the current term), click Submit.
3.The General Student Record will appear. Click Go to All Advisor Listing.
4. This will generate a list of all of the individuals linked to your student account as Advisors and Faculty Mentors.
5. If no names are listed, please contact the Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Advising.
6. Go to People Finder (on SLU's website) to locate phone numbers and campus addresses for University faculty and staff. PeopleFinder is also located on the Tools Tab in MySLU.
1. Use People Finder to locate the email address of your Faculty Mentor or department representative.
2. Start with an e-mail message to your Faculty Mentor or a departmental representative in which you briefly provide information about yourself (full name and Banner ID), and a statement of your educational and professional goals. Request an appointment with your mentor. A sample email is available in the Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Student Handbook.
3. Be sure to verify the location of your Mentor's office prior to the appointment, and show up promptly.
4. Come to the meeting prepared with a list of discussion items (see below). Take note of important information that is discussed with your Faculty Mentor.
AFTER MEETING WITH YOUR FACULTY MENTOR
1. Review information provided by your Faculty Mentor on the requirements for your major, minor, and/or certificate.
2. Create a Faculty Mentor binder which you can use to store all information provided to you by your Faculty Mentor. Include information about all exemptions and exceptions made by your department.
3. Bring your Faculty Mentor binder to your meetings with your academic advisor. Review your Curriculum Plan and assess your progression toward graduation.