PES academic advisors participate in three major areas of responsibility: advising, program operation, and professional growth. Advisors provide students with a balance of support and challenge, engaging in a professional practice that is highly contextualized, nuanced, and responsive to the individual learner’s preparation, ability, and interests. Great emphasis is placed on expanded multicultural competence, in line with the broader university and college goals of diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, advisors are responsive to collegiate and university goals in the areas of retention and timely student progress. Academic advisors are expected to perform a range of advising activities, provide significant contributions toward program development, and continue professional development. The academic advisor is expected to gain a thorough familiarity with the subject matter within CLA degree programs and with the liberal education requirements in order to advise students regarding curricular planning and academic progress.
Responsibilities: Maintain a professional advising case load of CLA students (with a mix of students in all four years of progress, and in a variety of majors/minors) (65%) â— Utilizing the operative model positioned at the intersection of development and learning, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives in the professional literature (for example, self-authorship, appreciative advising, social justice counseling, strengths-based advising, high-impact educational practices) to provide appropriate challenge and support to each assigned student as needed to facilitate the student’s having a successful academic experience. This includes helping students get progressively more sophisticated in their decision making about current academic plans and eventual post-graduation plans, including careers. Help students assess program options in relation to their strengths, interests, and abilities. â— Incorporate interpersonal, multicultural, and communication skills to build rapport with students to create a productive working relationship between the student and the advisor. â— Demonstrate and advance the value of a liberal arts education. Articulate comprehensive knowledge about the curriculum, academic programs (majors, minors, and certificates), degree requirements, and engagement options (study abroad, service learning, internships, and research). Apply this knowledge and understanding to student interactions with the goal of furthering student success. â— Encourage students’ utilization of the college’s and the university’s academic support and engagement resources to maximize their undergraduate experience. â— Conduct timely outreach to students as needs arise, utilizing the college’s electronic alert system. Generate individual student outreach strategies to foster students’ degree progress. â— Conduct analytic review of student records to certify students’ academic standing in relation to academic probation, suspension, and degree completion. â— Uphold the integrity of academic and curricular policies established by the University and the College. To best uphold the integrity of the degree and serve the values these policies are meant to advance, exercise informed judgment to apply exceptions when warranted. â— Be responsive to College and University goals in a dynamic environment, including outcomes related to retention, timely degree completion, support to students in academic difficulty, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and participation in key engagement opportunities.
Programming and Teaching: (15%) â— Develop specialized programming focused on retention and development throughout the academic year. â— Teach assigned sections of introductory first-year courses specifically designed for PES students (CLA 1005 - Fall semester; CLA 2005 - Spring Semester). â— Work with the Director and Assistant Director to assess and make appropriate adjustment to the courses and work with teaching assistants to ensure success.
Participation in Programs and Initiatives (10%) â— Develop and conduct unit programs such as orientation, first-year experience, second-year experience, commencement, workshops, parent programming, and student employment. â— Participate in unit, collegiate, and university events and initiatives, such as review of scholarship applications, prospective student programming, and career and internship events. â— Identify and report on issues that may impede student progress, such as concerns about course availability or lack of appropriate academic programs to match student interests. Suggest recommendations for changes to academic programs, policies, and procedures that would enhance students’ progress and satisfaction. â— Collect, summarize, and evaluate data related to trends and make recommendations for improved student service.
Service and Engagement in the field of Academic Advising (10%) â— Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising and student support. â— Engage in scholarly or creative activities in the professional relevant areas by one or more of the following: membership in professional associations; attendance at workshops, seminars and conferences; writing and publishing articles for internal e-newsletters and professional journals. â— Participate in professional development events and activities in the unit, College, University, and/or broader community. â— Service on unit, College, or University committees as requested
Required Qualifications: â— Completed Master’s degree or PhD â— One year of college-level advising or teaching experience â— Capacity to articulate the nature and advantages of a liberal arts education â— Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion â— Demonstrated background and experience working with students of color, first-generation college students, and students from various diverse backgrounds â— Excellent skills in communication (written and oral), multicultural awareness, mastering and disseminating complex information, computer literacy (including word processing, database usage, e-mail, web searching, and reporting), and time management â— Ability to work independent and collaboratively
Preferred Qualifications: â— Master’s degree in a liberal arts discipline, higher education, student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or other field related to advising â— Knowledge of leading theories of academic advising and student support â— Familiarity with liberal arts programs and university-wide student support services â— Additional relevant higher education advising experience or experience working with college students in other capacities â— Education program development experience â— Experience with web-based advising software or other technologies used to support student success
Internal Number: 333129
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