School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University School of Professional Development Search

HEA Fellow Program


The HEA Fellow Program is intended to help students with their transition to Stony Brook and help them stay connected to their cohort, whether they are taking traditional or online classes.  Fellows can assist new students adjust academically, or to the Stony Brook campus itself. It is important to note that the HEA Fellow Program is not a traditional “mentor” program where knowledge is passed from the senior student to the newer student. The purpose of this program is to enhance discussion and community among all members of the Higher Education Administration program. 

Responsibilities of the Fellow Coordinators

Fellow Coordinators are responsible for organizing of the HEA Fellow Program. They can serve as consultants for other fellows and plan large social events for the program. Senior Fellows shouldn’t hesitate to ask a Fellow Coordinator for advice. Smaller one-on-one activities are the responsibility of the individual volunteer fellows. Fellow Coordinators should also make sure Senior Fellows have all the necessary information regarding the HEA program and that the information is up-to-date. 

Responsibilities of the Senior Fellows

HEA students, traditional and online, who have completed at least 9 credits in the program can volunteer to become a Senior Fellow. Students wishing to become a Senior Fellow must fill out an information/ preference form and submit it to the Fellow Coordinators. They are responsible for initiating discussion with their Fellow (new HEA student). It is important for the Senior Fellow to remember that this program is for their benefit as well and that they shouldn’t be worried about “knowing all the answers." Senior Fellows should treat all discussions as confidential.

Qualities of a Good Senior Fellow

Accessibility—Senior Fellows are encouraged to be readily available to their Fellow. The Senior Fellow might keep in contact by dropping by, calling, sending email, or extending a lunch invitation.
Networking—Senior Fellows should be able to help their Fellow establish connections to Stony Brook, the School of Professional Development and other students within the program. 

Goals for the HEA Fellow Program

Short-term goals:

  • Familiarization with the campus and its physical, virtual, and academic environment.

  • Networking - introduction to students and professors, identification of other possible resources.

  • Developing awareness - help new HEA students understand Stony Brook and School of Professional Development policies and procedures.

  • Constructive criticism and encouragement, compliments on achievements.

  • Helping to sort out priorities - budgeting time, balancing research, teaching, and service.

  • Identification of any concerns/problems new HEA students might encounter.

Long-term goals:

  • Developing relationships within the new HEA program Stony Brook community.

  • Encouraging career advancement.

Benefits for the Senior Fellows and Fellows

  • Satisfaction in assisting in the development of a colleague.

  • Ideas and feedback for the Fellow.

  • A network of colleagues who have passed through the program.

  • Retention of excellent faculty colleagues.

  • Enhancement of personal and professional skills.

Changing Fellows

In case of changing commitments, incompatibility, or where the relationship is not mutually fulfilling, either the Senior Fellow or Fellow should seek confidential advice from one of the Fellow Coordinators or the Director of the HEA program.  It is important to realize that changes can and should be made without prejudice or fault.  The Fellow, in any case, should be encouraged to seek out additional Senior Fellows as the need arises.


Want to become a Senior Fellow or be assigned to a fellow? Fill out the Fellow Program Volunteer Form (PDF).

For More Information 

Contact Julie Lekstutis or Daniel Schwartz.


© Copyright School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University.
Last modified on 2/23/12.