Academic Advisors are:
- Teachers – who empower students to take responsibility for their academic success.
- Mentors – who work with students to reach their goals.
- Guides – who help students navigate their college experience.
- Resources – who serve as a point of contact and refer students to campus services.
- Experts - who help students understand the College of Education, Kansas State University, its programs and curricular requirements, and related learning opportunities.
- Advocates – who comply with FERPA and disability policies to protect students’ privacy and rights.
Advising Learning Outcomes:
- Knowledge – demonstrate a working knowledge of degree requirements, career options, campus resources, and enrichment activities.
- Critical thinking – demonstrate the ability to identify goals, construct short-term and long-term plans, respond and adapt to changing situations, interpret degree requirements, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.
- Communication – demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
- Diversity – demonstrate awareness and understanding of the skills necessary in order to live and work in a diverse world.
- Academic and Professional integrity – demonstrate awareness and understanding of the ethical and professional standards of the university, academic discipline, and profession.
Students majoring in Modern Languages will be assigned an advisor.
Check your account on KSIS first to see who your advisor is. You may request an advisor and/or change your advisor electronically by using the form below. Please note that this process may take a few days, if you do not see any changes in your ADVISOR list in your Student Center on KSIS within a week of submission, please contact Angélique Courbou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students minoring in Modern Languages should contact the following faculty according to the language:
- Chinese: Dr. Li Yang;
- Classical Studies: Dr. Benjamin McCloskey;
- French: Dr. Melinda Cro;
- German: Dr. Sara Luly;
- Japanese: Kumiko Nakamura;
- Russian: Viktoriya Pottroff;
- Spanish: Angélique Courbou;
- Spanish Translation: Dr. Laura Kanost.
- Get to know your advisor.
- Work with an advisor to develop and implement short-term and long-term academic, personal and career goals.
- Discuss the following: goal setting, campus involvement opportunities, changing majors, time management, study tips, adding minor/certificate/secondary major, and career planning/life after graduation.
- Utilize your advisor when academic or personal challenges arise.
- Familiarize yourself with requirements for your major by utilizing the information given to you by your advisor and the Degree Audit Report System (DARS) in KSIS. Remain informed of progress in meeting academic requirements.
- Schedule and keep appointments with your advisor. Attend appointments prepared by bringing appropriate materials, identifying course choices from requirements of the preferred program or major, and identifying questions to address.
- Know academic policies and procedures, academic calendar deadline, and degree or program requirements.
- Tell your advisor if you have any special needs or require any learning accommodations.
- Understand the enrollment requirements needed for your financial aid, scholarship, or international status.
- Check your email on a regular basis. You will be responsible for reading any messages sent to your K-State email account which will be used to disseminate information from your advisor.
- Help students set both short-term and long-term educational and career goals.
- Prepare students for graduation by discussing the degree requirements of their department, help with strategic course selections to minimize the number of semesters required for graduation, and inform students of opportunities in their field of study.
- Maintain reasonable hours and methods of availability for students. Students should be able to set up appointments for an adequate amount of time to discuss goals and career choices, make curricular selections, and answer other questions.
- Refer students to appropriate campus resources.
- Inform students how to change college and/or departments and provide information to explain the process students follow to enroll in their curriculum and to drop or add courses during the semester.
Freshmen & Transfer Students: Before Classes Begin - First Steps
Looking to get a head start on your success at K-State? We encourage you to complete this checklist before classes start in August. Familiarize yourself with campus resources, services, and important dates to kick off the semester right!
1. Login to KSIS and explore your Student Center
- a. Review your class schedule and financial aid
- b. Sign up for SALT, a program to help you learn how to build your financial awareness
- c. Take a look at items on your “To-Do List” that you may need to complete
- d. Print your class schedule
- e. Complete TB questionnaire
2. Explore K-State Online (Canvas)
3. Sign into your K-State email account
- a. Add classes to your calendar
- b. Set up your mobile devices to receive K-State email and calendar events
4. Email your advisor to introduce yourself. If you do not have an advisor for Modern Languages, request one.
5. Explore Campus Resources and visit these websites:
- a. Center for Student and Professional Services
- b. Undergraduate Catalog
- c. Online Student Success Guide
- d. K-State First Guide to College Student Success (PDF)
6. Put important dates and deadlines in your planner/calendar: Academic Calendar
7. Complete Alcohol & Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP)
8. Read the Kansas State Book Network common book
9. Sign up to receive K-State Alerts
As a graduate student, you will initially be assigned to the current Graduate Advisor in your language of study. As you choose your Supervisory Committee, you will select a Major Professor who will become your new advisor. For details regarding graduate advising, please refer to the Modern Languages Graduate Student Handbook.