Advising Fellows

ATA Advising Fellows Program

The Advising Fellows Initiative is sponsored by the Advisor Training Academy to create advanced opportunities for professional development for experienced academic advising staff. This program has been designed to enhance advisor leadership, technical, facilitation, and project management skills and to provide another avenue of service for the advising community. 


Applicants will apply for a specific project to complete for a given term (1 to 2 semesters) and will be supervised by Kate Bernas, Advisor Training Academy. 

  • 10-15 hours per month, depending on the project selected 
  • Attend monthly cohort meetings 
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate one Advising Circle program during your Fellow term(s) 
  • Complete an Advising Fellows program evaluation

Current Advising Fellow Projects



No. Fellows


New Advisor Curriculum/Level 1 Certification

2 terms

2 - 3

Review and revise ATA level 1 Certification. Move training modules to completely online mode to accommodate new hires. Update existing content to reflect onboarding needs.

Badging Initiative
Uses Badgr and Canvas + Tracking your Core Competency Development 
PD needs/interests


2 terms


Create badging program for advisors to earn and display on their professional record.  Find a program/software that can assist with tracking professional development. 

Advisor Appreciation Day (example:


1 term


Create an annual day that celebrates advisors, academic coaches, and other staff that work on the frontlines with students. 

Advisor Certification Level II

2 term


Review and revise ATA Level 2 certification including requirements and modes for completion. 

Advising Circles

1 term


Expand Advising Circles program to include other institutions and content creation and workflow.

DEI Committee

1-2 terms


Create ATA DEI Committee that would align with University DEI task force and would inform training and resources for WSU advisors and impact advising outcomes.

Requirements to apply

  • Three or more years of advising experience 
  • Fellows must be able to commit to at least one semester of service and 10-15 hours per month
  • Permission from supervisor (approval form signed and submitted with application) 

Term: Fall/Winter semesters. 

Application process

The ATA Advising Fellows program launched its first cohort in January 2023. These projects are expected to be completed by fall 2024 and a new application cycle is expected to betgin in summer 2024 with an expected launch of fall 2024. Stay tuned for information on the application process and potential projects. 

Application deadline

The next application cycle is expected to begin in summer 2024. Applicants will complete the application form and upload a copy of their professional record and supervisor approval form by the deadline (TBD).

Fellows program outcomes

Upon completion of the fellows project, advisors can be expected to receive: 

  • Paid Membership for NACADA for a year 
  • Recognition via the ATA Website and annual ATA Recognition program
  • Letter of completion sent to chair/dean 
  • $200 toward professional development 
  • Certificate of completion
  • Clifton Strengths Finder book with assessment 
  • Work as a mentor for other new fellows  

APPLY HERE: Submission form

University Advising Center