Field Training Information for Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors play a key role in assisting, advising, training and evaluating students throughout their field experiences.

Faculty Advisor Responsibilities

Faculty advisors will:  

  • Provide guidance and assistance to the student as needed in completing any field training project(s).
  • May be contacted by either the student or the site mentor if issues develop during the field training that cannot be resolved at the site.
  • Review and provide the student with comments on the final field training report.
  • Review the student and field site mentor evaluations with the student.
  • Reinforce the importance of adhering to confidentiality requirements of the host agency. A faculty advisor should also remind students that whenever they discuss or document field training, they need to ‘de-identify’ or remove all information that could be used to identify an individual. 
  • Assign the student a grade of satisfactory (S), unsatisfactory (U) or incomplete (I/U).

Meetings

A faculty advisor should meet with the student at the beginning of the field training process to help determine an appropriate site location, and as needed, throughout the field training experience. The faculty advisor may also meet with the site mentor and student together if needed.

Advisor and Site Mentor Roles

Can a faculty advisor serve as both an advisor and site mentor?

It is possible to serve as both the faculty advisor and the site mentor. If a mentor at a community partner organization has a project that would serve as a valuable learning experience—for example, a community research project—that mentor may also be faculty, however the placement must focus on a community-based project to count as a field training experience. A faculty advisor cannot serve as a mentor if the student’s field training experience will be with a UB only research project.