NHS Chapter Adviser

The chapter adviser shall be a member of the faculty of the school where the chapter is located. It is recommended that the chapter adviser should be a faculty member who has faith in the abilities of young people and who is willing to spend time with them to develop their potential. The adviser is expected to be familiar with the handbook and has a working knowledge of Honor Society policies as well as those of the school and the school district. In carrying out the duties outlined in the constitution of NHS, the adviser promotes chapter activities, stimulates positive actions by members, and provides information on local and national policies regulating chapter activities. A checklist for new advisers is provided at the beginning of this chapter.

In addition, the adviser approves chapter activities, maintains chapter records, and attends all meetings and functions. The chapter adviser is an ex officio, nonvoting, sixth member of the Faculty Council. Neither principals nor assistant principals
may serve as chapter advisers.

New advisers should always contact the Membership Department of the national office to ensure that all mailings are directed to and membership references are listed under the correct adviser’s name.

Role of the Chapter Adviser in the Meetings of the Faculty Council

Because the principal cannot serve as a member or even an observer of the Faculty Council’s deliberations, the chapter adviser takes on the responsibility of representing the administrative offices of the school. In this role, the adviser serves in two capacities: the supervisor who ensures that proper procedures are being followed and the advocate who protects the interests of the student(s).

As supervisor, the adviser first makes sure that both the national and local guidelines for procedure are being followed. A total familiarity of the local procedures and the national handbook are required, or at least having written versions of both available for quick reference. In addition, a vital role of the chapter adviser is to see that the Faculty Council avoids gossip, hearsay, and rumors when considering the case of a student. To do this, the adviser serves as a facilitator of the discussions, keeping the council focused on objective data used to review each case.

This latter quality is also the first step in serving as advocate for each student whose name or case is brought before the Faculty Council. Usually, the first implication of this role is in the collection of data or facts to be considered. A thorough accounting of all information being used is one of the primary responsibilities of the adviser. Whether for selection or disciplinary consideration, the chapter adviser serves to guarantee that each student receives a fair review. Though a member of the school’s faculty, the adviser must assume the role of the student’s defender to guarantee that the Faculty Council only considers relevant and valid information about the case. The chapter adviser plays a diplomatic role in the meetings of the Faculty Council. For this reason, principals must carefully select those individuals who are to be chapter advisers.