On Meaning-Making in Academic Advising: An Examination of Academic Advisors and Their Experience with Student Mental Health
Gretchen E. Theil
The study seeks to address academic advisors’ experiences with the college student mental health crisis. Specifically, it examines how both professional and faculty advisors react to students experiencing mental health concerns, the extent to which advisors receive mental health training, the influence of multicultural factors impacting students’ mental health, and the role of technology in academic advising. The researcher performed qualitative interviews with four faculty advisors and five professional advisors. Results show that both faculty and professional academic advisors must guide students with increased mental health concerns with no required mental health training, while navigating a multitude of multicultural factors, and utilizing numerous sources of technology, especially due to the current nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings will be used to expand the knowledge-base of both universities and other academic advisors on the importance of their role in the student mental health crisis.
Graham F. Hunter
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences
"On Meaning-Making in Academic Advising: An Examination of Academic Advisors and Their Experience with Student Mental Health" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2313.