Advising Interest Groups

Here at UNC Charlotte, we are strategic about our undergraduate advising.  To instill an open and collaborative environment with our advisors, we have created forums to encourage active participation.

Academic Advising Improvement Team (AAIT)

Formed in 1996, the Academic Advising Improvement Team (AAIT) is an informal group that meets to share updates and discuss issues to improve the quality of undergraduate academic advising. Chaired by Ms. Deanna Rella, Associate Director for Academic Advising Development and the Director of the University Advising Center, this group has 60 - 70 advisors who attend periodic meetings. If you would like to present at AAIT, please contact Deanna via email at

Everyone in the UNC Charlotte Advising Community is welcomed to attend, no RSVP needed! 

Dates for 2021 - 2022 Academic Year:

  • September 17, 2021 10 - 11:30 am 
  • October 15, 2021 10 - 11:30 am 
  • November 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 am 
  • December 17, 2021 10 - 11:30 am 
  • January 21, 2022 10- 11:30 am
  • February 18, 2022 10 - 11:30 am
  • March 18, 2022 10 - 11:30 am
  • April 15, 2022 10 - 11:30am

Academic Affairs listserv

The Academic Affairs listserv is used to send important information regarding undergraduate advising, such as the descriptions and schedule for academic advisor development seminars.  To receive emails from the Office of Academic Affairs, please request to be added by emailing Academic Affairs.

Academic Advising Steering Committee

The Academic Advising Steering Committee (formerly known as the Advising Redesign Team) was established in 2007 to examine systemic problem areas and offer improvements to undergraduate academic advising.  Chaired by Dr. John Smail, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, this group meets once a month during the academic year and currently has approximately 20 active members. 

Advisor Institute Planning Committee

The Advisor Institute was created to assist with the training, development, support and retention of professional who serve in an advising role on campus. The committee is made up of a combination of faculty and staff of various units across campus. The group assists with the creation and facilitation of the professional development series each academic year. Members of the committee will typically serve a two year term. If you are interested in being a part of the committee for the 2021-2022 please email Deanna Rella, Associate Director or Academic Advising Development.