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Advisor of the month: June 2021

Jack Evans, June 2021, Advisor of the Month, Advising Matters at Virginia Tech.

Jack Evans

Biological Sciences, College of Science


What do you enjoy about your role in advising?
The first thing that comes to mind is the opportunity to work with students 1 on 1. As an instructor I teach really large courses and as a result I do not often get the opportunity to work 1 on 1. Second, I would say helping put a student at ease. Students come to see me with an "issue" they are having, it may be simple or it may be crazy complex.  Knowing that I helped the student with their "issue" is both rewarding to me and certainly helpful for the student.

In what ways have you contributed to advising in your department/area?
I have been advising for the Department of Biological Sciences for 20 years so, I have seen / been part of the many changes that Advising has seen over the years. This Department was one of the first to teach an FYE course ( I believe I taught it for approximately 15 years). The Biology FYE course was the prototype model for the current FYE courses that are seen across campus.

What advice would you give to other professionals who want to a make a difference in the life of their students?
A personal connection between you and your students is of critical importance. Students must know that you are here to help them. I always tell my students that..."I am from the government and I am here to help". This always makes my students laugh but the proof is in the pudding. If a student knows I am here for them they feel much more comfortable coming to see me. Once they come in, I LISTEN and from there we fix their issue(s).