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Utah State University Advisors 


Utah State University academic advisors provide an inclusive environment in which the advisor assists undergraduate students in making responsible and informed decisions about educational plans, professional goals, and life outlook consistent with the student's strengths, values, abilities, and interests.

Fall 2021 Professional Development Series for Academic Advisors

The content in each session is aligned with NACADA professional competencies. Click here to view the competencies covered in each session.

Inspire Training for New Advisors

September 8, 3-4:30 pm
Inspire is a tool USU advisors utilize to identify and contact with students to develop a caring relationship that leads to increased academic motivation and persistence. This training will introduce new advisors to:


Fall 2021 Book Club: Find Your Why, Simon Sinek

September 14-October 26
Hosts: Sierra Browning-College of Engineering and Maisie Dority-University and Exploratory Advising

People don’t buy what you do; they buy WHY you do it.  This fall, Maisie and Sierra are hosting an optional book club on Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why. This is a professional development opportunity designed to increase relational competencies and aid advisors in discovering and communicating their “why” through their advising approach. By discovering “why,” academic advisors will be able to adapt their mindsets and inspire students to discover and communicate their personal “why” as they work toward their educational goals.
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New Advisor Training

September 28, 1-4 pm and September 29, 9am-noon

Join us on September 28 and 29 to learn more about the role of USU academic advisors, the tools advisors utilize to develop meaningful relationships with students, and caseload management strategies to increase persistence and retention.  

Day 1-September 28
Session 1: Introduction to academic advising at USU
Session 2: Appreciative Advising Disarm, Discover, and Dream
Register for Day 1

Day 2-September 29
Session 3: Appreciative Advising Design, Deliver, and Don't Settle
Session 4: USU tools and strategies for caseload management
Register for Day 2

Student and Advisor Thriving

September 28, 10:30-noon

Dr. Jenny Bloom and Dr. Amanda Propst Cuevas, Office of Appreciative Education-Florida Atlantic University

Description and registration link coming soon

Front and Center Speaker Series

The Student Achievement Collaborative offers a 2x per month series focused on information for student-facing professionals.  The calendar will be available here soon.  Sessions begin on August 31, 10:30-noon and will continue every other week through the fall semester.


Learning Circles

Learning Circles are monthly small-group meetings (up to 20 advisors per group) to discuss proactive advising strategies using data (Inspire and Argos) to increase persistence for vulnerable students.  Calendar invites have been sent.  Contact Mykel Beorchia ( if you do not see the invite on your calendar.

  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17 (this will be canceled if this interferes with Spring 2022 registration week)
  • December 15