Philosophy Department

Advising

"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience." 
~ R.J. Light

Advising

In the Department of Philosophy, good academic advising is critical. Advising is a collaborative process between a student and a faculty advisor in a major and/or minor. The advisor assists in developing a student's sense of competence by helping to identify both strengths and weaknesses, and by the recommendation of courses that stretch, but do not over extend those strengths. They address but do not focus on weaknesses. To develop a student's sense of autonomy, the advisor takes into consideration that the student helps in the decision making process and that the student must also live with the decisions they have made. In the development of purpose, the advisor also assists the student in the development of awareness as to what is involved in educational and career decision-making. They help students set life goals and develop an action plan for implementation, which is an important aspect of developmental advising.

• Can I change my advisor once I have been assigned one?
Yes, at any time. Please contact the administrative specialist (phone: 207-780-4258, email: stowns@maine.edu) and let her know. The administrative specialist will make the necessary changes.

• If I am a Philosophy major/minor and I forget who my advisor is what do I do?

Call the Department of Philosophy's administrative specialist (207-780-4258 or email:  stowns@maine.edu) This information is also available in your student center on Mainestreet.

• If I want to make an appointment to meet with my faculty advisor, how do I handle this?

Once you have been assigned a faculty advisor, call that faculty advisor directly and leave a voice mail message or contact him or her by email.