Academic Advisor/Assistant Professor of Instruction
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Internal Number: 47941
Academic Advisor and Assistant Professor of Instruction
Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising
The Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising (OUPA) in the Northwestern University School of Communication (SoC).is seeking to hire one full-time undergraduate academic advisor to join a vibrant, creative and intellectually engaging community committed to supporting undergraduate students’ access to academic, co-curricular, wellness and career resources.
Students in the School of Communication are assigned to an academic advisor at the time of matriculation and are required to meet with their academic advisor throughout their undergraduate career. Academic advisors serve as resources for students, providing guidance regarding course selection, degree progress, University policies and procedures, campus resources, professional development opportunities and personal goals.
School of Communication undergraduate academic advisors hold appointments in the OUPA and concurrent non-tenure eligible (NTE) teaching-track appointments in academic departments or programs in the School. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Advising. Academic advising and related service constitute the primary responsibilities of these positions.
Appointment term: This is a full-time, 11-month, benefits eligible non-tenure eligible (NTE) faculty appointment. The initial appointment is three years. Salary is competitive based upon experience. Starting date for the appointment is negotiable but not later than September 1, 2023.
Academic Advising (75%)
Manage a cohort of approximately 150 School of Communication undergraduate students from their time of admission through graduation
Convene individual and group meetings with advisees and participate in OUPA activities and working groups
Provide accurate, current information on undergraduate curricular programs, School and University policies, procedures, and academic requirements
Assist students with enrollment transactions and program changes (ex: declaration of minors and modules, interschool transfers, term leaves)
Maintain a shared system of notes and documentation to track and support student progress
Serve as liaison to selected academic departments and schools as assigned; work with department chairs, program directors, and administrative staff to ensure accuracy and consistency in communication of program requirements
Assist with the planning and implementation of student engagement efforts such as: information sessions for prospective students, new student orientation (Wildcat Welcome), academic probation and midterm warning support
Assist the OUPA Associate and Assistant Deans in addressing School and University priorities
Participate in OUPA, SoC and University activities, committees, working groups and initiatives as relevant and appropriate. These include, but are not limited to: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Honors Convocation, awards and Commencement activities.
Curricular Support & Teaching (25%)
Assist the OUPA with curricular initiatives, assessments and special projects within the School of Communication, most notably Wildcat Welcome, summer “bridge” programming, modules, first-year and senior seminars and the suite of EPICS internship courses
Teach 2 courses or their equivalent in The School of Communication each academic year.
The academic calendar yields heavier and lighter periods of work and some evening and weekend events. Local, national and international travel may occasionally be required.
Terminal degree or equivalent experience in a related discipline reflected in the school’s major offerings, student personnel administration, higher education administration, or counseling and guidance from an accredited college or university
Primary commitment to long-term, student-centered academic advising evidenced by college level experience mentoring, advising and/or teaching
Familiarity with curricular development and support, contemporary issues that impact student success, assessment, and technology
Experience teaching or otherwise working with undergraduates that demonstrates the potential for excellence in the classroom and in advising
Interest in becoming an active faculty member of a School of Communication department or program
Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills and attention to detail
Ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships and federal privacy regulations (FERPA)
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a creative and dynamic environment
Demonstrated experience supporting first-generation, low-income (FGLI) and historically underrepresented and minoritized students
Interests and expertise teaching in one or more of the following areas:
Creative Industries and Markets
Strategic Communication and Social Influence
Media, Politics, and Culture
Digital Media, Behavior, and Design
Cover letter describing relevant interests, preparation, and experience; candidates should specifically address how previous experiences relate to minimum and preferred qualifications
Advising evaluations (if any)
Three letters of recommendation, of which at least one should address teaching qualifications
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Please read ALL instructions before proceeding to the application page:
Applications will only be accepted via online submission to our faculty recruiting system. (See link below)
Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files. Please also verify that all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references; your references will be contacted directly by the online system and invited to upload their letters on your behalf.
All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the “Submit” button.
Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.
Applicants will be notified by automated email when the application is received, and upon submission of each letter of recommendation. Letters of reference will be accepted until 5 pm CST July 31, 2023. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquires.
Department: SoC Communication Studies, SoC Administration
Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:
Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below).
Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external
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