On the Value of the Humanities in Academic Advising: A Conversation with Peter Hagen


  • Peter L. Hagen Stockton University
  • Janet K. Schulenberg The Pennsylvania State University
  • Junhow Wei The Pennsylvania State University




Academic Advising, Narrative Theory


Janet Schulenberg and Junhow Wei, editors at The Mentor, interview Peter Hagen about the process of writing his book The Power of Story: Narrative Theory in Academic Advising (2018) and how his thoughts on academic advising have evolved over time. In particular, Hagen reflects on the relative value of humanistic versus social scientific approaches in advising scholarship and practice.


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