Introducing the Grammar Guru: Adviser vs. advisor

This week, the Grammar Guru tackles the difference between "adviser" and "advisor."
This week, the Grammar Guru tackles the difference between "adviser" and "advisor."

Mekita Rivas, SNR communications and project associate, is introducing a new biweekly feature called "Grammar Guru."

Every other week, the Grammar Guru will share writing tips to help make your work as polished as possible. Some of these tips may address common spelling errors, while others will examine the many nuances of the English language.

Grammar Guru Tip #1

It's adviser, NOT advisor. While the "o" version is not grammatically incorrect, the "e" version abides to UNL Style Guide rules. Furthermore, most major publications, whether in the U.S., the U.K. or elsewhere in the English-speaking world, prefer "adviser."

Remember: As with all words that have alternate spellings, consistency is crucial. You should not refer to an "adviser" in one part of a document and an "advisor" in another.

My adviser told me about an excellent internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. It's great to have an adviser who's interested in my professional development.

Need some grammar guidance? The UNL Style Guide ( is a great resource for all university employees. If you have writing questions that the style guide doesn't answer, feel free to email the Grammar Guru at