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Academic Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


Martin Luther King Jr. Program


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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Position Description



Maintain a professional advising caseload of CLA students (with a mix of students in all four years of progress, and in a variety of majors/minors) (70%)

● Utilizing the operative model positioned at the intersection of development and learning, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives in the professional literature (best practices in higher education academic advising, identity and social learning development, self agency and social responsibility) to provide appropriate challenge and support to each assigned student as needed to facilitate the student’s having a successful academic experience. This includes helping students get progressively more sophisticated in their decision making about current academic plans and eventual post-graduation plans, including careers. Help students assess program options in relation to their strengths, interests, and abilities.
● Incorporate interpersonal, multicultural, and communication skills to build rapport with students to create a productive working relationship between the student and the adviser.
● Demonstrate and advance the value of a liberal arts education. Articulate comprehensive knowledgeable about the curriculum, academic programs (majors, minors, and certificates), degree requirements, and engagement options (study abroad, service learning, internships, and research). Apply this knowledge and understanding to student interactions with the goal of furthering student success.
● Encourage students’ utilization of the college’s and the university’s academic support and engagement resources to maximize their undergraduate experience.
● Conduct timely outreach to students as needs arise, utilizing the college’s electronic alert system. Generate individual student outreach strategies to foster students’ degree progress.
● Conduct analytic review of student records to certify students’ academic standing in relation to academic probation, suspension, and degree completion.
● Uphold the integrity of academic and curricular policies established by the University and the College. To best uphold the integrity of the degree and serve the values these policies are meant to advance, exercise informed judgment to apply exceptions when warranted.
● Be responsive to College and University goals in a dynamic environment, including outcomes related to retention, timely degree completion, support to students in academic difficulty, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and participation in key engagement opportunities.

Departmental Advising for American Studies Department (5%)

● Declares students in the American Studies Majors and minors and make audit exceptions for majors and minors
● Contributes opinions/insights regarding curricular development or obstacles to Dept/Director of Undergraduate Studies.
● Relates policy and practice issues, as related to the major/minor program, to the Dept/Director of Undergraduate Studies.
● Uses technologies creatively to address departmental goals.
● Understands Program Course Audit System, Undergraduate Catalog, Electronic Course Audit System, and major audit technologies and how they interact
● Reviews degree candidate records for program completion
● Fluent in discussing graduate program preparation and career options to students
● Maintains contacts with major alumni as a resource for current undergraduates

Participation in Programs and Initiatives (15%)

● Develop and conduct unit programs such as orientation, first-year experience courses, recruitment, commencement, workshops, parent programming, and student employment.
● Develop and conduct programs related to civil rights education, social justice education, and programs related to Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
● Participate in unit, collegiate, and university events and initiatives, such as review of scholarship applications, prospective student programming, and career and internship events.
● Identify and report on issues that may impede student progress, such as concerns about course availability or lack of appropriate academic programs to match student interests. Suggest recommendations for changes to academic programs, policies, and procedures that would enhance students’ progress and satisfaction. 
● Collect, summarize, and evaluate data related to trends and make recommendations for improved student service.

Service and Engagement in the field of Academic Advising (10%)

● Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising and student support.
● Engage in scholarly or creative activities in the professional relevant areas by one or more of the following: membership in professional associations; attendance at workshops, seminars and conferences; writing and publishing articles for internal e-newsletters and professional journals.
● Participate in professional development events and activities in the unit, College, University, and/or broader community.
● Service on unit, College, or University committees as requested

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Institution Information

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

Additional Information

Located in the College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Education (CLA UGE), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Program (MLK) is an opt-in academic advising and student life program to any CLA student who appreciates an environment that embraces and fosters multiculturalism.  The mission of the MLK Jr. Program is to provide students from historically underrepresented communities with individualized, holistic, and culturally-competent advising in support of educational equity, academic excellence, career development, and wellness. The MLK Jr. Program mission includes providing educational programming that fosters students' engagement with and understanding of the complex issues of race, power, privilege, and intersectional social justice. We promote and support students' exploration of modes of advocacy, agency, and activism that enhance their capacity to imagine a more socially responsible and just world and to be a part of creating it. In so doing, the MLK Jr. Program supports the University’s mission to prepare students to be ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Our MLK Jr. Program promotes undergraduate student success by enhancing students’ connection to the university and the college, supporting and promoting their timely connection to a major department, and creating a bridge to the wider world beyond the university by means of career exploration and civic engagement  opportunities. CLA UGE offers programs that meet students’ individual needs, support their search for fields of study appropriate to their vision and potential, and facilitate their academic progress.  CLA Undergraduate Education  has multiple academic advising offices, The MLK Jr. Program is one of these advising offices.  In addition to offering computers, workshops, and specialized programming to foster a sense of community, and enrich the student experience, MLK provides students with the tools to address academic and related issues through individual advising. 

MLK Jr Program academic advisors participate in three major areas of responsibility: advising, program operation, and professional growth.  Advisors provide students with a balance of support and challenge, engaging in a professional practice that is highly contextualized, nuanced, and responsive to the individual learner’s preparation, ability, and interests. Great emphasis is placed on expanded multicultural competence, in line with the broader university and college goals of diversity,inclusion and equity. Furthermore, advisors are responsive to collegiate and university goals in the areas of retention and timely student progress. Academic advisors are expected to perform a range of advising activities, provide significant contributions toward program development, and continue professional development.  The academic advisor is expected to gain a thorough familiarity with the subject matter within the degree programs represented by the student community and with the liberal education requirements in order to advise students regarding curricular planning and academic progress.

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Required Qualifications

  •  Completed Master’s degree or PhD
  • One year of advising or teaching experience
  • Capacity to articulate the nature and advantages of a liberal arts education
  • Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity,equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated background and experience working with students of color, first-generation college students, and students from various diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent skills in communication (written and oral), multicultural awareness, mastering and disseminating complex information, computer literacy (including word processing, database usage, e-mail, web searching, and reporting), and time management.
  • Ability to work independent and collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a liberal arts discipline, higher education, student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or other field related to advising.

  • Knowledge of leading theories of academic advising and student support.

  • Familiarity with liberal arts programs and university-wide student support services.

  • Additional relevant higher education advising experience or experience working with college students in other capacities.\

  • Education program development experience.

  • Experience with web-based advising software or other technologies used to support student success.