Academic Exploration Advisor, Center for Academic Support and Advisement
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Internal Number: 23000002AQ
Academic Exploration Advisor (Student Services Professional 2 - MR09)
Center for Academic Support and Advisement
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
This advisor will assist students who have not declared a major and students denied admission to specific academic programs. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Identify, contact, and track students with undeclared majors through formal advising campaigns; report on campaign results; meet one-one-one with current and prospective students/families to discuss major/career options; teach multiple sections of USTU courses targeted at helping students find a major; administer inventories (Focus II, MBTI, SII) to students and hold meetings to discuss results; co-coordinate a Residential Learning Community for Academic and Career Exploration. A broad scope of knowledge about curriculum and progression requirements across campus must be maintained to successfully support students through the exploration process as they ultimately make decisions that impact their opportunities and academic path.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Use a broad scope of curriculum to provide quality academic advisement to assigned caseload, primarily consisting of students with a major of Undecided: first-year freshmen, transfer students, and continuing undeclared students during the academic year and orientation. Also includes covering designated office walk-in hours.
Counsel students on academic issues, programmatic progress, and assist students in identifying and exploring academic areas of interest as they navigate through thoughtful educational planning.
Assess individual student needs, make appropriate referrals to other campus services and resources as needed and aid students in establishing realistic and attainable academic goals.
Develop, execute, and report on multiple advising campaigns each semester.
Preregister incoming students, present information sessions, and assist students with registering during New Student Orientation.
Teach multiple sections of USTU 1300: Exploring Majors and Decision Making (2 credit-hours) targeted at helping students research major options and making decisions.
Meet with current and potential students wanting to discuss academic options that have a declared major other than Undecided.
Administer inventories (Focus II, MBTI, SII) to students and interpret results for the purpose of wanting to supplement information to the major decision-making process.
Co-coordinate and facilitate the Residential Learning Community for Academic and Career Exploration, which includes recruitment, teaching, and offering programming to student participants.
Academic Exploration Resources
Maintain the Clear Path for Advising and TN Transfer Pathway Guide online resources.
Create/update presentations about being an Undecided Major for use at New Student Orientation.
Plan and execute the campus-wide Majors Fair.
Create/maintain resources and/or hold events appropriate for academic exploration.
Develop/maintain relationships with academic and student service departments.
Coordinate with departments to identify and advise students who are not meeting progression requirements.
Serve as a referral for faculty/professional advisors when meeting with students who are unsure of their academic path.
Special Projects and Other Duties
Serve on other university committees as needed.
Actively participate in regional/national organizations relevant to advising duties (i.e. NACADA); expected to present and/or publish with related organizations on a regular basis.
Respond to departmental email.
Provide front desk coverage.
Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will possess the following
Must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
Ability to work effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members of all cultural backgrounds and experience levels
Attentiveness to detail, strong organization skills, and the ability to prioritize multiple requests and handle them in an efficient and timely manner
Flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of the position/office as they arise
Ability to thoroughly understand and abide by federal and university guidelines regarding student confidentiality requirements
Review of applications will begin November 6, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received bythis datewill receive priority consideration. In order to be considered for candidacy, applicants must submit a resume in addition to the online application.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree;experience inhigher education setting working with students' academic needs, providing advising services, and coordinating support services; proficient experience in the use of computers and related software programs (Microsoft software programs, Student Information Systems, etc.).
Preferred Qualifications: Academic advising in higher education as primary job responsibility for a minimum of three years; experience administering and interpreting inventories used in academic exploration, i.e., FOCUS 2, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory; experience with relevant higher education software programs including Banner, Degree Works, and SSC Campus.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.