Faculty Advising and Student Veterans: Adventures in Applying Research and Training
Leland G. Spencer
Miami University, US
Leland G. Spencer (PhD, University of Georgia, 2013) is assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University. Leland is co-editor of Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories (Lexington, 2015) and has published essays in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, the Southern Communication Journal, Communication Studies, and Equity & Excellence in Education, among other outlets.
Research consistently finds that high quality academic advising, particularly from faculty advisors, contributes to student veterans’ success at universities. Drawing from previous research, considerable training in advising student veterans, and his own experience, the author offers five suggestions for faculty advisors of student veterans: learning more, weighing experience versus training and research, avoiding sweeping generalizations, developing relationships with various campus offices, and seeking a balance between advising ideals and students’ circumstances. The author concludes with directions for future research about faculty advising of student veterans.