Advising Specialist - Department of Multidisciplinary Studies (ECAS) 16824
The programs in Integrative Studies, Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Studies ( https://mds.wvu.edu/ ), and Regents Bachelor of Arts ( https://rba.wvu.edu/ ) in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS) at West Virginia University invite applications for an Advising Specialist beginning June 2021. The position requires direct advising approximately 150 students, teaching traditional and online courses, and connecting students with service-learning or experiential education opportunities.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Develop academic and career orientation advising to students who are transitioning into the program.
Advise approximately 150 traditional and non-traditional undergraduate majors in the four programs (IDS, MDS, RBA, BIS).
Conduct one-on-one advising sessions with students to explore career goals, explain program requirements, and provide a detailed course plan based on the student's strengths and career aspirations.
Assist incoming students with transfer/transient credits, conduct a preliminary evaluation of transfer credits, and identify how work completed applies to WVU programs of study.
Evaluate credit for prior learning for professional, volunteer, and military experiences in select areas via the many credit for prior learning options available through the RBA. and BIS majors.
Explain to students' which courses to select based on their financial aid package and build schedules with the necessary degree pursuant courses
Analyze students' schedules to ensure they will pass a Veteran or a Financial aid audit; make recommendations on alternate coursework that will allow students to maintain their aid and progress toward graduation.
Create academic connections between major coursework and career opportunities. Provide students connections to departmental, college, university, and/or community experiential opportunities.
Monitor students' progress in the major (90-credit checks, benchmark reports), early alert, and mid-semester grades. Based on the data collected, contact students and make recommendations for graduation.
Identify and provide timely outreach for at-risk students to assist in college/university retention initiatives. Provide follow-up advising for those students.
Assists adult learners in analyzing and identifying solutions to academic problems; identify personal issues and refer students to appropriate resources/representatives/units (e.g. assistant dean, associate dean, academic chairpersons, Office of Student Life, etc.).
Prepare messaging campaigns and recruit students who want to come back to WVU to complete their degree.
Based on the needs of the program, teach MDS 199 or 289, courses designed to help students understand degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities, and opportunities. Acquire an active knowledge of university policies, procedures, and degree-auditing platforms with regards to student advising and graduation certification.
Actively participate in College committees and College/University workshops on advising and undergraduate performance.
Master's Degree Required
Two (2) years of experience with advising and teaching at the College level.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong presentation skills (virtual and in person).
Excellent organizational skills for scheduling and records maintenance.
Knowledge of university policies and procedures and established rules and regulations.
Ability to work with an academically and culturally diverse group of students.
Ability to use computer software for communication and organization.
Ability to understand and resolve issues that arise with students concerning the areas of academics, person, social and career development.
Ability to synthesize data trends (enrollment, grades, advising) to identify patterns and propose action based on those findings.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Apr 30, 2021
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 227923
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.