Maintain a professional advising caseload of CLA students (with a mix of students in all four years of progress, and in a variety of majors/minors) (70%)
? Utilizing the operative model positioned at the intersection of development and learning, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives in the professional literature (best practices in higher education academic advising, identity and social learning development, self agency and social responsibility) 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. ? Incorporate interpersonal, multicultural, and communication skills to build rapport with students to create a productive working relationship between the student and the adviser. ? Demonstrate and advance the value of a liberal arts education. Articulate comprehensive knowledgeable 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. ? Encourage students’ utilization of the college’s and the university’s academic support and engagement resources to maximize their undergraduate experience. ? 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. ? Conduct analytic review of student records to certify students’ academic standing in relation to academic probation, suspension, and degree completion. ? 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. ? 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.
Departmental Advising for American Studies Department (5%) ? Declares students in the American Studies Majors and minors and make audit exceptions for majors and minors ? Contributes opinions/insights regarding curricular development or obstacles to Dept/Director of Undergraduate Studies. ? Relates policy and practice issues, as related to the major/minor program, to the Dept/Director of Undergraduate Studies. ? Uses technologies creatively to address departmental goals. ? Understands Program Course Audit System, Undergraduate Catalog, Electronic Course Audit System, and major audit technologies and how they interact ? Reviews degree candidate records for program completion ? Fluent in discussing graduate program preparation and career options to students ? Maintains contacts with major alumni as a resource for current undergraduates
Participation in Programs and Initiatives (15%) ? Develop and conduct unit programs such as orientation, first-year experience courses, recruitment, commencement, workshops, parent programming, and student employment. ? Develop and conduct programs related to civil rights education, social justice education, and programs related to Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy ? Participate in unit, collegiate, and university events and initiatives, such as review of scholarship applications, prospective student programming, and career and internship events. ? 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. ? 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%) ? Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising and student support. ? 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. ? Participate in professional development events and activities in the unit, College, University, and/or broader community. ? Service on unit, College, or University committees as requested
Required Qualifications: ? Completed Master’s degree or PhD ? One year of advising or teaching experience ? Capacity to articulate the nature and advantages of a liberal arts education ? Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity,equity, diversity, and inclusion. ? Demonstrated background and experience working with students of color, first-generation college students, and students from various diverse backgrounds ? 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. ? Ability to work independent and collaboratively.
Preferred Qualifications: ? 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. ? Knowledge of leading theories of academic advising and student support. ? Familiarity with liberal arts programs and university-wide student support services. ? Additional relevant higher education advising experience or experience working with college students in other capacities. ? Education program development experience. ? Experience with web-based advising software or other technologies used to support student success.
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