Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

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Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics, College of Liberal and Professional Studies, in the School of Arts and Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Advisor: Charline S. Russo


The field of higher education academic advising is expanding and the needs of students are ever-growing. Many academic advisors lack the training and tools they need to meet their students’ constantly evolving needs. This paper is designed to illustrate the benefit of incorporating coaching techniques into academic advising sessions. The field of coaching can help improve the advisor / advisee relationship enabling a collaboration that is both successful and rewarding. Through research in coaching and academic advising as well as interviews with higher education academic advisors across the United States, this study demonstrates a simple to use model advisors can use to enhance their interactions with advisees.



Date Posted: 15 January 2016