Who Are Athletic Advisors? State of the Profession



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The field of athletic advising has existed since the 1970s. In the early 1990s, the National Collegiate Athletic Association mandated that higher education institutions provide academic support for student-athletes. Few researchers have identified those serving as athletic advisors, so the literature features little data on advisor demographics, training, education, and work responsibilities. Therefore, the background and experiences of 277 members of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, who responded to a survey, were explored. Specifically, athletic advisor educational and training background, burnout levels, meaning of the profession as participants describe it, advice for prospective advisors, and the knowledge they wish they had gained before entering the field are addressed. Dramaturgy was utilized as a framework for analyzing this research.


Citation: Lisa M. Rubin (2017) Who Are Athletic Advisors? State of the Profession. NACADA Journal: 2017, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 37-50.


Athletic advising, Burnout, Dramaturgy, Johari window, Student-athletes