Academic advisors, faculty who work most directly with students, are pivotal to successful implementation of developmental academic advisement. Foremost, the academic advisor is a teacher. The academic advisor guides students to reach their educational and occupational goals, and empowers them to develop an academic program to accomplish individual goals. As teacher and guide, the advisor engages in complex and mutually trusting relationships with each student; relationships that require significant investments of both time and skill. To fulfill these responsibilities, academic advisors participate in a range of faculty development activities geared to increasing their knowledge and competence in all areas associated with developmental academic advising.