The College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University is seeking a responsive, collaborative, and results-oriented individual to join the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. The Assistant Director for Student Success and Retention will be an integral part of increasing persistence, retention and graduation rates, and decreasing time to degree in ComArtSci, while assisting the Director and Associate Director with oversight of academic advising for the college.
The Assistant Director will play a key role in developing new programs and initiatives in ComArtSci to support and retain students. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to; Developing academic initiatives and programming for students who are on academic probation and students who are between a 2.0-2.5, coordinating the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) forms each semester and the Enhancing Academic Success Early (EASE) reports daily, planning and implementing programs and workshops geared to support and retain students, serving as the point person for all ComArtSci transfer students, supporting ComArtSci faculty and academic departments with data, research and learning analytics to better understand and improve learning outcomes, measure key indicators of student success, improve student experience and sense of belonging in the college and improve the effectiveness of teaching practices. This position will also be responsible for supervising 3-4 professional full-time academic advisors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) process with all students on Academic Probation to develop plans for success and support them with weekly/bi-weekly check-in.
Develop, initiate, and coordinate a ComArtSci Academic Probation centralized program for students each semester
Develop academic initiatives and programming for students who are in at risk for Academic Probation the 2.0-2.5 range
Develop, implement, and provide support for diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming in coordination with the ComArtSci DEI Office
Develop, plan, and implement student support programming and workshops
Develop, plan, implement, recruit students, and teach CAS101, an academic success 1 credit course
Meet with students seeking assistance with academic success skillsets (e.g., note taking, test taking and time management)
Coordinate daily responses to Enhancing Academic Success Early (EASE) reports from faculty
Serve as a point-person for students who are referred to advising by concerned faculty
Assist students who receive an Incomplete in working with faculty to finish the course
Serve as a resource referral agent, helping connect students to available MSU and community-based resources
Serve as a point-person for all ComArtSci transfer students:
Develop, in coordination with transfer students, a ComArtSci transfer student organization
Assist transfer students with parallel planning should they wish to apply to a limited enrollment major at MSU
Learn each of ComArtSci’s academic programs to be able to provide 1:1 academic advising for any student if needed
Supervise 3-4 professional academic advisors (Academic Specialists, 100% FTE’s)
Serve as the point person for students who have left MSU, but are close to graduation and wish to return
Use quantitative and qualitative methods to collect data about ComArtSci students and their learning experiences to better understand and improve their learning outcomes, measure key indicators of student success, improve student experience and sense of belonging in the college, improve the effectiveness of teaching practices and inform college-level decisions regarding enrollment management, curriculum development, teaching practices, etc.
Other duties as assigned
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -College Student Personnel, Counseling, or related field.
Master's degree - College Student Personnel, Counseling, or related field.
Previous experience in academic advising and 4-6 years of experience in an academic environment experience strongly preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in advising and demonstrated interest in continued growth and training
Knowledge of undergraduate student success concepts, theories and/or practice; and experience teaching, advising, leading, and/or mentoring diverse undergraduate students
Experience conducting qualitative and qualitative research, data collection, visualization and analysis, and strong skills in documentation, data tracking, and data compliance
Teaching experience with post-secondary students strongly preferred
Experience implementing student success strategic initiatives and programs
Experience in program assessment
Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of tact, empathy and diplomacy
Strong communication skills and the ability to work diplomatically and effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds
Detail oriented with outstanding organizational, problem-solving skills.
Experience using digital systems (e.g., Electronic Student Academic Folder, Degree Audit, Campus Solutions-Student Information System), to document advising appointments, maintain confidential records, and respond to referrals
Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit electronically:
a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position,
a DEI statement that addresses the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in advising, and
the names and contact information of three references.
The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/
To apply, please refer to Posting #750716 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://careers.msu.edu. Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Kari Schueller Lopez ([email protected]). The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants on December 17, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled.
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The College of Communication Arts & Sciences has five departments, Advertising, Communication, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, School of Journalism, and Media & Information. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, “ComArtSci” is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.
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