Position Overview: How are SDAs used? Departments differ. As minimum service, SDAs generally provide information about courses, prerequisites, and general information about the department to underclassmen during New Student Week (especially the Academic Fair), the annual Majors and Minors Fair (held early in fall term), advising days and registration periods and at other times as needed – for example, at your annual meeting with sophomores who are considering a major in your department (if you hold one). Some departments have their SDAs performing a variety of tasks within the department: members of department curricular committees, involvement with department reviews, organizing activities to recruit new majors, hosting visitors, meeting with job candidates when they are on campus, producing a department newsletter, and planning social events for majors.

Selection Process: Each spring you should review all rising seniors in your department with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who are eligible to serve as SDAs. You may then either contact all of these students and invite them to express interest in the position or simply decide which of them you wish to offer the position to. In April you will need to let Becky Krogh in the Office of the Provost know which student(s) will serve as your SDAs for the following year.

Orientation: The Office of the Provost will run a short orientation session for SDAs during New Student Week that will help them to prepare for the Academic Fair and to think broadly about how they can help students in their departments. As we continue to make changes to our advising system we may begin inviting SDAs to expand their role as peer academic advisers beyond their traditional roles within their departments. The Office of the Provost believes that SDAs, as well-informed peer academic advisers, can play a valuable role in the College’s and each department’s academic advising system.

Yansi Pérez, Director of Advising, oversees the SDA program and is happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns you have with respect to your SDAs or the program as a whole.