Advisor Hiring & Recruitment Processes

Published: January 30, 2023

We are proud to publish recommendations for higher education institutions hiring advisors, developed by Advising Success Network Fellows Jameitha Griffith-Ross and Ariel Merritt

Over the last few months the Advising Success Network had the opportunity to work with a team of undergraduate and graduate students attending different institutions as part of the very first cohort of ASN Student Fellows. As part of the student fellows’ experiences, they worked on group research projects related to racial equity and advising, and developed student-facing overviews of their final papers about their studies.

Jameitha Griffith-Ross and Ariel Merritt conducted interviews with representatives from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in  Higher Education, and a diverse pool of higher education institutions to learn more about the hiring and recruitment process of quality advisors. These interviews explored commitments to racial equity in the hiring and recruitment practices of advisors as well as student involvement. The research group came up with several important themes and recommendations for advisor hiring and the recruitment processes.

Download the report to learn more about their findings and recommendations for how higher education institutions can include students in the hiring process for advisors.

About the Authors:

  • Jameitha Griffith-Ross (she/her) is a senior Professional Interdisciplinary Studies major with an emphasis in Business Administration at Jackson State University. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in financial counseling and wealth management while also continuing her real estate profession. Because of her passion for rehabilitating ex-offenders, Jameitha  eventually plans to open a non-profit re-entry program that will teach the skills necessary for ex-offenders to attain gainful employment.
  • Ariel Merritt (they/them) is a third year undergraduate student at Drake University, where they major in Sociology with a double minor in African American Diaspora Studies and Management. They are a student ambassador for Drake University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. In the future, they hope to continue their research in Sociology and make a positive impact on their community.