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BSSW Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is an integral part of each student’s university experience. Each 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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Margaret Huffstetler, Amanda Gandy, Emily Rodriguez.
female student speaking with female advisor at her desk

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a social work advisor you should login to the Vol Academic Connect system through MyUTK. Simply log into MyUTK and click on the Vol Academic Connect link in the UTK Student Academic Resources section. In Vol Academic Connect, click on the Button at the top right-hand side that says “Appointments for Advising or Other Academic Help.”  

  • If you are currently a social work major choose “Social Work Advising” and “Social Work Major Advising” in the next two drop-down boxes. 
  • If you are currently in a major outside of the Social Work and are interested in changing to a social work major choose “Change of Major to Social Work” and “To Social Work” in the next two drop-down boxes. 

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 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

Emily Rodriguez headshot

Emily Rodriguez
BSSW Advisor
107 Henson Hall
(865) 974-4898

Amanda Gandy

Amanda Gandy
Director of Student Success and Advising
105 Henson Hall
(865) 974-7063

Gina Middleton

Gina Middleton, CPS
Administrative Specialist II
BSSW Program
(865) 974-3352

Robert M. Mindrup

Robert Mindrup, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of BSSW Programs
(865) 974-8109

Advising Resources