What it Takes to Be an Outstanding Associate

The Schaefers, along with our College Coordinator and Associate’s Committee Leaders, have formulated a new list of guidelines to help Associates get a better understanding of their roles and what our expectations are.

Expectations for Wiess Associates

General Guidelines:

  • Be eager to engage undergraduates in conversation.
  • Be available to respond to occasional questions and concerns, even when approached outside of the college environment (via email, in office hours, etc.).
  • Help in providing academic major and career advice, and, where appropriate, connections to others who may be better able to provide such advice.
  • When possible, involve your family (spouses, children, dogs, etc.) in college activities as well.
  • Most importantly, just BE THERE. Come to college events, meals, study breaks, etc. Become an accessible and familiar presence, so that the students feel comfortable approaching you with all of the above.

Specific Expectations:

Some combination of the following for On-Campus Associates:

  • Come to lunch or dinner, on average, once per week, and eat with the students.
  • Organize a study break once per year.
  • Attend 2-3 afternoon, evening, or weekend events each year.
  • Serve as a Divisional Advisor.
  • Join an O-week group, and participate in the relevant activities (hosting a lunch).
  • Participate in strategic planning meetings for the college.
  • Participate in breakout sessions for important topics impacting students (there were some meetings last year on the “unwanted sexual contact” survey results, for example).
  • Serve on the Associates Committee Board, which will consist of 3 to 4 associates who will rotate on an annual basis. These individuals will serve as liaisons between the associates and the board and will be responsible for helping to guide the committee in order to foster associate-undergraduate relations.

Some combination of the following for Community Associates:

  • Come to lunch or dinner, on average, twice per semester, and eat with the students.
  • Organize a study break once per year.
  • Attend 3-4 afternoon, evening, or weekend events each year.
  • When asked, join an O-week group, and participate in the relevant activities (hosting a dinner, lunch meetings, etc.).
  • Participate in strategic planning meetings for the college.
  • Participate in break-out sessions for important topics impacting students (as stated above, there were some meetings last year on the “unwanted sexual contact” survey results, for example).
  • Serve on the Associates Board/Committee (see above for a description of this).

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