A reflection on advising students

October 23, 2018

“At the surface, it might seem like the three-legged academic stool—teaching, scholarship and service—does not include dealing with students’ feelings. But teaching does have a place for it,” writes Sriram Khé. As a faculty advisor, the author continues, that means knowing how to exercise empathy before students in distress. Khé goes on to share his realization that when students feel compelled to share their feelings during office hours, they are not necessarily seeking solutions to their problems, but simply want to feel heard. Khé concludes by emphasizing that he is not a counsellor, but recognizes that faculty advisors must strike a fine balance between engaged listening and professional boundaries. Inside Higher Ed