New Advisor Fundamentals

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Day One & Beyond

Getting Started


Getting Connected

The decentralized nature of UC Davis’ advising structure can make it challenging for advisors to connect with colleagues and stay up-to-date on important information. Here are a few ways you can get connected to the advising community.


Professional Development

  • UC Davis Academic Advisor Certificate (Level One): The Office of Academic Advising and ATPD have developed a campus wide training series designed for advisors at various levels of experience. The Level One series includes an introduction to critical campus resources and technology, as well as content that covers fundamental advising concepts.
  • Coffee Talks: Coffee Talks are offered quarterly and focus on a variety of specific topics relevant to advising and student affairs. These talks are informal and give advisors an opportunity to come together and discuss current issues.
  • Advising Conferences: There are a number of on and off-campus advising conferences held throughout the year. These conferences are a great opportunity to discuss innovative ideas, share best practices, and connect with colleagues across the campus, the state, or the country. Depending on the level of support from their department, advisors are encouraged to attend one or more conferences each year. For additional support, the Office of Academic Advising offers a program to help with funding travel and expenses. See the application form for details. Below are a few examples of the local and regional conferences:
    • UC Davis Advising Conference
    • UC Davis Stay Day
    • UC Academic Advising Conference
    • NACADA: Region 9
    • California Collaborative Conference
  • Mentoring: Mentorship program (AAMP)
  • Join a Campus Advising Community
  • Advising Philosophy: NACADA resources