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Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Exploratory Studies


North Carolina State University

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Position Description

The Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) is a unique organization that integrates curricular and co-curricular components to improve the academic performance of our students and the quality of academic and non-academic experiences at NC State University. Led by Vice Chancellor and Dean, Dr. Mike Mullen, DASA is committed to providing our students the programs and services they need for optimal success (retention, timely graduation, educational and personal growth).Exploratory Studies serves the University by providing quality, timely advising services and support to students, advisors and faculty across campus. Students are served through virtual advising, walk-in advising and workshops for students exploring majors, course offerings, programming, and online resources. Through comprehensive work with students, staff, and faculty, Exploratory Studies facilitates student academic success, major selection, career development, and personal enrichment.First time freshmen choosing to begin their NC State career in the Exploratory Studies academic program are guided through a structured process for transition to the University and selection of a major. This is accomplished through one-on-one academic advising, the Exploratory Studies first year courses, experiential learning, and programming in the Exploratory Studies Village, emphasizing theoretical and practical methods of inquiry, guided reflection, engagement, assessment, and analysis. Through this process students gain the foundation for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to make an informed decision on a major and become self-reliant and productive citizens of an increasingly diverse community.Re-deciding students at the University have the opportunity to participate in the Inter-College Transfer advising program. Exploratory Studies advisors support these students in the major and career decision process and provide an advising home until the student is able to successfully matriculate.


The Academic Advisor will be responsible for the following:


Provide quality cross-curricular academic advising to students, following a developmental philosophy of advising and NACADA Core Values. Academic advising is an intentional process designed to support students as they develop and pursue educational, career, and personal goals. The ultimate goal of the student-advisor partnership is for students to increase their personal agency and critical thinking skills, and apply both to their life choices in college and beyond.


Teach sections of the Exploratory Studies orientation courses each fall and spring, and/or other departmental offerings as assigned. The orientation courses focus on transition to college, academic success, major and career exploration, and diversity. Follow established Exploratory Studies curriculum and teaching guidelines and maintain a course website and grade book through NC State’s course management system. Exploratory Studies course sections for first-year students may be linked with a First Year Inquiry course and/or require collaborative work with a Resident Mentor or co-instructor.


Participate in planning, implementation and support for curricular and co-curricular programs, working collaboratively with University partners, Exploratory Studies staff, students, and community members. Signature programs include the Majors Exploration Series, Majors and Minors Fair, Career Connections, and the Leadership Potential Retreat.

Outreach and Service:

Participate in the University community, particularly in ways strategic to the Exploratory Studies mission, including serving as a liaison to one or more colleges/offices and supporting departmental committee work, University Open House, new and transfer student orientation, advisor training and development, and Exploratory Studies Visitation Days and other recruitment events.

Professional Development:

Actively seek professional development opportunities to maintain and improve knowledge and expertise in advising, teaching, diversity, technology for advising and teaching, and specialty areas. Complete required training in a timely manner.

Application Process

Institution Information

As a research-extensive land-grant university, North Carolina State University is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting our strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world. Learn more at

Additional Information


Contact Information

Kim Outing,, 919-515-8495


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, student development or closely related field and at least one year post Master’s advising experience.

Required Skills:

-Academic advising at the college level


-Demonstrated understanding of developmental needs of college students

-Effective interpersonal skills

-Effective written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience advising first-year students, particularly exploratory/undecided students

-Career advising (e.g., use of career assessments, working with exploratory students)

-Teaching experience at the college level, particularly with first-year students

-Use of assessment to inform decisions

-Program planning

-Website development skills