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BSSW Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is an integral part of each student’s university experience. Every student is required to meet with an advisor each academic year and is encouraged to spend time with an advisor more frequently than that. Reviewing your academic program with your advisor each semester helps you keep you career at the college on track.

Advising is much more than simply a time to select courses for the next semester; it is an opportunity for you and your advisor to develop and evaluate the academic plans that will enable you to reach your academic goals. Achieving this mission requires a collaborative effort between students and advisors.

Academic Advising Syllabus

The purpose of academic advising within the College of Social Work is to support, guide, and assist current and prospective undergraduate social work majors with admission and progression, academic planning, career exploration, licensure, and resource referrals both within and outside of the University community.  The academic advising syllabus (PDF) provides a full overview of the purpose and process of academic advising.

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Scheduling with a member of your Vol Success Team (Advisor)

Schedule your appointment online through Vol Connect. Here is how:

  • Log into your MyUTK account.
  • Select “Academic Support” from the options at the top of the screen and select “Vol Connect” from the dropdown menu.
  • This will take you to the Vol Connect student portal.
  • Click “Connect” from the options at the top of the screen and select “Schedule Appointments” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click the blue “Schedule an Appointment” button.
  • Select the “Assigned” tab.
  • Select your “Advisor”
  • Select the appropriate topic and subtopic.
  • Select the preferred date, time, and modality.
  • Indicate what you would like to discuss during your appointment in the comment box.
  • To confirm the appointment, click “Schedule ___ Appointment.” Your appointment will NOT be saved until you click this button.
  • Please email your advisor if you have problems scheduling your appointment online.

Prospective students (not enrolled at UT) – Please call the College of Social Work Office at (865) 974-3352. Depending on the time of year, we will schedule an information session and/or an individual advising appointment.

How to Prepare for an Advising Appointment

  • Review the general education and/or VolCore curriculum requirements outlined in the undergraduate catalog
  • Review the academic plan and BSSW curriculum guide posted on your Navigate profile
  • Ensure you are on track to meet progression standards by reviewing your DARs (Degree Audit Report) and your uTrack status (if applicable)
  • Make a list of courses you are interested in taking (e.g., General Education courses and electives)
  • Prepare a list of questions and/or topics you would like to discuss with your advisor (e.g., study abroad, possible minors that complement a social work major, etc.)
  • Follow through on steps discussed with your advisor as well as any action items listed on Vol Academic Connect.

BSSW Advising Staff

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Bee Clevenger
Academic Advisor
Campus: Knoxville
Phone: (865) 974-5144

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Margaret Huffstetler
BSSW Honors Advisor
Campus: Knoxville
Phone:(865) 974-9131

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Kristin Pearson
Online BSSW Advisor
Campus: Nashville
Phone:(615) 256-1885

Elizabeth Hall
BSSW Administrative Specialist
Campus: Knoxville
Phone: (865) 974-5360

Advising Resources