Academic Advisor II
Categories: South Central Region 7
|Texas A&M University
|Open Until Filled
The Academic Advisor II is responsible for: advising current and prospective undergraduate students concerning their career goals and academic requirements. Provides information on and refers students to University resources that can assist in meeting their needs or solving problems; may supervise projects.
- ACADEMIC ADVISING FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Reviews degree plans and delivers academic advice to regarding degree programs and minors in International Studies (International Studies, Modern Languages, and Classics) along with double majors in Spanish. Advises undergraduate students as well as their parents and other clients including University administrators and resource providers.
- REPORTS, EVALUATIONS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: Registers all incoming freshman and transfer students for a 0 credit hour course for mandatory new student seminars. Coordinates and creates seminars for new students on topics such as how to generate a degree evaluation and how to use the Undergraduate Degree Planner. Creates handouts for students on how to use the Undergraduate Degree Planner. Coordinates workshops for current students concerning the planning of the required international experience for International Studies and Modern Language-German majors. Revises materials such as degree plans and minor forms to ensure all information is up to date. Assists with administering foreign language placement exams for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Russian. Coordinates tracking of high impact practices including internships. Continuously monitors advising services and works to improve processes where necessary in order to enhance retention and ensure progress-to-degree; assists in the evaluation of advising services, develops reports and analyzes trends; makes recommendations for improvements; provides information to students on procedures related to college-level petitions and appeals; reviews schedules for short courses. Expanded use of foreign language exams well beyond their previous function as placement tests. Students are now asked to complete a centrally administered exam after their long study abroad experience. The occupant of this position will administer and record the results of these exams.
- HIGH IMPACT ADVISING FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Works with departmental faculty and administration to identify and implement ways to keep majors and minors informed about high-impact opportunities such as the required international experience for International Studies and Modern Language-German majors. Encourages and provides information to majors and minors on participating in learning communities or critical thinking seminars, studying abroad, undergraduate research with faculty members, honors programs, seeking and securing internships, and completing directed studies. Advises students about credit transfers toward their degree, as well as reviewing and signing the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Forms and Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program Forms.
- PROSPECTIVE AND NEW STUDENT ADVISING: Collects and communicates information about majors, minors and study abroad programs offered by the Department of International Studies to prospective undergraduate students, parents, and other university officials. Works with prospective transfer students regarding requirements for admission and course transfer to ensure they are eligible for admission review. Coordinates New Student Conferences and creates New Student Conference Presentations. Reviews degree requirements with freshman and transfer students during New Student Conferences and works with them to choose courses related to their interests and degree requirements and to understand the registration process. Works with readmitted students to facilitate re-entry into the university and creating a degree plan for them. Represents International Studies at college, university and community recruiting events and programs on and off campus. Creates and updates the departmental one pager that is used for recruiting. The one pager consists of information regarding the different degree plans that are offered for Modern and Classical Language, as well as International Studies. This one pager is important as it provides prospective students with a brief look into the International Studies department and is used at recruiting events like Aggieland Saturday.
- MISCELLANEOUS: Performs other duties as assigned.
Commensurate with experience
- Bachelors degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Two years of experience in advising, recruiting, teaching, coaching, Student Affairs or other related area.
- Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills.
- Strong computer skills including thorough familiarity with MS Office software and database programs.
- Must be discreet, professional, highly productive and results oriented.
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people.
- Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
- Three years of experience in advising, recruiting, teaching, coaching, Student Affairs or other related area international travel experience.
- Fluency in Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, or Russian.
- Experience with TAMU policies and procedures; experience with undergraduate degree programs in general subject area of placement.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written) and problem-solving skills.
- High degree of self-initiative and ability to think and work independently.
- COMPASS and HOWDY proficiency.