Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Kerrigan, Monica Reid

Second Advisor

Grites, Thomas

Third Advisor

Hendricks, Sean


Counseling in higher education


Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


The role of today's primary role academic advisor is robust and multifaceted. Advisors must continually provide supportive outreach and engagement to address student interests, develop academic plans, and identify career paths from the time students first enroll, throughout their college experience, and oftentimes, well past graduation. Although meeting with students is at the forefront of expected duties, advisors must also balance working with various data sets and systems, faculty and chairs, and stay abreast of changes in procedures and processes. The purpose of this inquiry was to document and further understand the current career-advising practices of primary role academic advisors as they work directly with students. Using a qualitative, single case study approach, I acquired data through semi-structured interviews, observations, and document analysis. Results of this study reflect deeper-level understanding of current career-advising practices used by primary role advisors along with recommendations to improve the connection from academic advising to career decision-making.