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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


University of Illinois

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Position Description

The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL) is home to nine departments and four interdisciplinary programs that serve and interface with programs within SLCL, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SLCL invites applications for an Academic Advisor to provide school-wide advising services and student support for academic programs, recruitment and orientation of students to the School’s programs of study and programs abroad.



  • Serve as academic advisor for undergraduates in SLCL units:

  • Provide first contact and early advising to undergraduate students about program requirements and opportunities, course selection and career opportunities post-graduation.

  • Provide comprehensive support for meeting academic and professional goals in order to support on-time degree completion, including, but not limited to course selection for the students’ majors, minors, gen-ed courses and electives.

  • Refer advanced students and majors to faculty advisors when required.

  • Serve as academic advisor for summer orientation/registration of incoming majors in SLCL departments whose advising staff do not have summer appointments.

  • Facilitate communication among advisors and other staff working with the student to improve the student and staff experience.

  • Maintain undergraduate records and files (i.e. update, correct and archive when appropriate); advise and assist those on track or need additional assistance for those who are not and track the advising sessions.

  • Perform other assigned duties relevant to undergraduate advising and education, including study abroad (see below) and honors.

  • Collaborate with college staff on professional development plan for students.

  • Represent the departments on appropriate college and campus committees related to student advising.

  • Serve as the School’s first contact program abroad advisor for students:

  • Primary contact for all students interested in study abroad related to language and culture studies, advising them on program possibilities, highlighting SLCL residential programs and, if appropriate, provide assistance with other international study programs outside of SLCL.

  • Refers students to departmental study abroad faculty or staff contacts for specific program information.

  • Collaborate with departments and the School’s Office of Outreach and External Affairs to ensure SLCL programs have high campus visibility through recruitment efforts and communications including participating in the Study abroad fair, Quad Day, language fairs, creating of flyers, and communicating on social media.

  • Assist with the departments’ orientation programs when needed. This may include orientations for departing and returning students from abroad programs.

  • Meet with students planning and returning from study abroad to discuss credit transfer.

  • Participate on college-wide study abroad recruitment team, providing SLCL program representation.

  • Maintain undergraduate records and files for students studying abroad.Support SLCL departments in the areas of outreach and recruitment:

  • Create a student recruitment plan for the departments housed in the School in collaboration with departmental and college-level staff and implement recruitment activities (plan and execute events, create and disseminate written materials, develop and update advising website, maintain a broad social media campaign)

  • Engage local high schools; participate in admitted student events.

  • Participate in School, college and university efforts in recruiting students, including 10 Admitted student Days in spring term, LAS Discovery Days and Majors/Minor Fair in fall term, and other events where departmental representation is expected to ensure its visibility to prospective, admitted and current students.

Application Information

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at Required materials include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. To ensure full consideration, the applicant must submit all required application materials by Nov 1, 2017. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.For further information please contact

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Institution Information

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community of students, scholars, and alumni is changing the world.With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. Our transformative learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, are designed to produce alumni who desire to make a significant, societal impact.

Additional Information


This is a 100%, full-time academic professional position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Starting date is Jan 16, 2018 or as soon as possible after the closing date. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date, however no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Contact Information

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree;
  • Two years of experience working in the post-secondary environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills;
  • Excellent organizational, and communication ski lls.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in foreign language or related area;
  • Coursework in higher education studies focused on student development, academic advising, education abroad, or other topics relevant to the position responsibilities;
  • Academic or professional experience within the humanities;
  • At least 3 years of academic advising experience;
  • Experience in undergraduate student recruitment;
  • Excellent ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a wide range of on-campus and off-campus constituencies.