The Role of the Adviser

Advisers play an important role for student clubs and organizations, providing support and guidance as they establish goals and plan events.  While the OSE staff provides frequent advising to clubs and organizations, we greatly appreciate the time devoted by Goucher faculty and staff who agree to serve as club advisers. 

The following are some of the roles that advisers play at Goucher: 

  • Make yourself available to the club leaders
  • Assist with setting goals and keeping the organization focused on goals
  • Encourage the development of responsibility and leadership in members & officers
  • Help students set up meaningful programs that support the organization's goals
  • Attend meetings and events periodically and provide feedback
  • Consult when difficulties and conflicts arise
  • Understand Goucher policies and procedures for planning events
  • Share ideas for fund-raising and programming
  • Provide continuity and historical information about the organization (as possible)

Resources for Advisers

If you ever experience problems or concerns with your club, please feel free to contact Stacy Cooper Patterson in the Office of Student Engagement.  Also, as needed, please reference the resources available at the Event Planning Headquarters and on the SGA website.  Finally, please note that each club also has an umbrella adviser, who provides another layer of support. 

The umbrella advisers for 2013-14 are:

Academic and Politics:
Emily Perl, Office of Student Engagement, x6122

Club Sports:
Sally Baum, Athletic Department, x6389

Creative Alliance (Performing Arts and Publications/Media):
Christine Krieger, Office of Student Engagement, x6422

Faith and Identity:
Cynthia Terry, Office of the Chaplain, x6048

Social Justice Coalition:
Lindsay Johnson, Community Service/Office of Student Engagement, x6262
   
Special Interest:
Stacy Cooper Patterson, Office of Student Engagement, x6414