Department: Office of Strategic Enrollment Management
Purpose of Position:
The academic advisor for the School of Engineering/University Academic Advising provides specialized academic advising services to students and analytical advising-based perspectives to University colleagues and public stakeholders, such as students, family-members and prospective students. By integrating interpersonal and communication skills with advanced knowledge of curricula, policies (departmental, collegiate, and University), resources, and student development, the Engineering Advisor helps students identify options, set academic and developmental goals, and make progress toward those goals. The advisor assists in the development of advising programs and initiatives that facilitate student engagement, success, and retention, provides advising data, and collaborates with academic and other University operational units on matters that impact student recruitment, success, and retention.
The core responsibilities for the jointly appointed School of Engineering/University Academic Advising (UAA) Advisor include: 1. Provide academic advising services to assigned students:
Advise students regarding: departmental, collegiate, and University policies and procedures; programs of study; and the development of appropriate academic plans.
Write letters of recommendation and letters of support for student appeals.
Assist students in identifying their interests, abilities, and academic goals and in making decisions regarding their academic career.
Introduce students to opportunities that will enrich their academic experience, facilitate their academic and personal development, and support their educational success.
Teach students how to manage the college experience, navigate the University, make informed decisions, and assume responsibility for their academic success.
Identify and assist struggling or at-risk students.
Make appropriate referrals to other university resources.
Assist students in completing graduation applications.
Participate in and provide feedback on training and professional development activities. 2. Collaborate with university partners on matters that impact student recruitment, success, and retention:
Participate in recruitment activities, programs, and initiatives.
Provide advising information to prospective students and/or parents.
Provide advising services to students during New Student Orientation.
Support departmental and University retention initiatives.
Contact continuing students who do not register for classes. 3. Maintain accurate and confidential records of student information, including advising interactions:
Document all advising interactions with students.
Maintain accurate and confidential records on students. 4. Monitor student progression in degree program and establish advising checkpoints:
Use the Student Success Collaborative (SSC) advising platform to establish targeted student populations on caseload for more intensive advising and meet those students a minimum of 2 individual advising sessions per semester.
Use DegreeWorks to determine student's progress in completing degree requirements.
Meet all students on assigned caseload for a 30-, 60-, and 90-credit checkpoints. 5. Teach UNIV First Year Student Success Courses
Develop course syllabus, tools for evaluating learning, and exhibit strong classroom management skills.
Will be required to teach at least one course in the Fall and one course in the Spring.
Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or related area required. A minimum of one year of professional experience providing academic advising or student retention programs in an educational setting.
Demonstrated experience providing academic, career, or individualized counseling in a K-20 education setting. Demonstrated experience teaching. Demonstrated skills in problem solving, organization, attention to detail, interpersonal relations, and thorough follow through on work projects. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Engineering or technical background preferred.
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