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The Role of the Student Chapter Advisor 

07-06-2016 16:49

The success of the student chapter is often dependent on the guidance and leadership provided by the chapter advisor. As the person closest to the students, the advisor plays an integral role, not by doing, but by advising and assisting the students in running their own chapter. With annual membership turnover of 40% - 50%, chapters depend on the advisors to provide continuity from year to year. Listed below are the major functions of the chapter advisor:
  • Act as official point of contact for the chapter. The advisor receives all chapter mailings from SHRM, such as membership rosters, student brochures, and applications. Information and materials should be disseminated regularly to the student officers.
  • Ensure chapter continuity.
    Oversee transition of officers and training of new officers. Maintain chapter history and records from year to year.
  • Work with student chapter liaison to foster leadership and organizational skills in student chapter executive board. Attend chapter meetings and offer guidance as needed.
  • Screen and sign off on student membership applications. Since the cost of student membership is subsidized by the Society, only eligible students qualify for the student rate. The advisor's signature on an application represents approval of the applicant as a qualified student.
  • Submit a yearly Student Chapter Information Form by September 30. This provides updated information to the national office and indicates that the chapter will be active for the year.
  • Ensure that the chapter has at least eight national student members by November 30 each year. Membership of at least eight eligible students is required to maintain the student chapter charter.
  • Act as advocate for the chapter in school affairs as needed.
  • Assist students in completing and submitting a Merit Award application each year by March 31.
  • Maintain an SHRM membership. Chapter advisors can join or renew at a special dues rate of $100, $80 less than the regular professional dues. Many sponsoring chapters will pay the advisor's dues. There is a one-year grace period after becoming an advisor in which to join.

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