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Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Physics and Chemistry


Virginia Commonwealth University

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Position Description

The College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a 12-month professional faculty appointment to serve as a shared Academic Advisor in the departments of Physics and Chemistry, with the position housed in the Office of Student Services. The Office of Student Services of the CHS Dean's Office provides student academic services and administrative coordination and support for the effective and efficient implementation of undergraduate programs and courses offered by the College. The office has responsibility for certifying graduations and maintaining the graduation database system, completing the change of academic major process, coordinating academic advising, and coordinating curriculum revisions in the College.This position will provide support for sustaining an environment of effective academic advising for undergraduate students in the College in order to support VCU being a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high-quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global environment. More specifically, this position will provide improved student engagement through effective academic advising, while supporting the identified metrics of graduation rates and retention.


1.Provide academic advising services to assigned students:

  • Advise students regarding: departmental, College, and University policies and procedures; programs of study; and the development of appropriate academic plans.
  • Write letters of recommendation and letters of support for student appeals.
  • Assist students in identifying their interests, abilities, skills and academic goals and in making decisions regarding their academic career.
  • Introduce students to opportunities that will enrich their academic experience, facilitate their academic and personal development, and support their educational success.
  • Teach students how to manage the college experience, navigate the University, make informed decisions, and assume responsibility for their academic success.
  • Identify and assist struggling or at-risk students.
  • Make appropriate referrals to other university resources.
  • Assist students in the online graduation checkout.
  • Participate in and provide feedback on training and professional development activities.

2.Collaborate with university partners on matters that impact student recruitment, success, and retention:

  • Participate in recruitment activities, programs, and initiatives (e.g., Open House, Preview Day).
  • Provide advising services to students during New Student Orientation.
  • Support departmental and University retention initiatives.
  • Contact continuing students who do not register for classes.

3.Maintain accurate and confidential records of student information, including advising interactions:

  • Document all advising interactions with students.
  • Maintain training on policies including Title IX and FERPA.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records on students.

4.Monitor student progression in degree program and establish advising checkpoints:

  • Use the Student Success Collaborative (SSC) advising platform to establish targeted student populations for more intensive advising.
  • Use DegreeWorks to determine student's progress in completing degree requirements.
  • Meet all assigned advisees at least once a semester.

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Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in a college or university setting.
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in the discipline (chemistry; physics; physical science).
  • Demonstrated experience providing academic, career, or individualized counseling in higher education
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills.