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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Political Science


University of Illinois - Champaign - Urbana

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Position Description

The Department of Political Science seeks applications for the position of Academic Advisor. This is a twelve-month, 75% position (30 hours a week). This department currently has over 700 undergraduate majors and 40-50 minors. Under the direction of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, this academic professional will advise students about program requirements and opportunities, course selection, and plans after graduation. He or she will work with the department, campus and college administrative units, maintain undergraduate records and files, address student petitions and perform other assigned duties relevant to undergraduate advising and education.


  • Advise Political Science majors on curricular requirements.
  • Assist students with course selection and registration.
  • Assist incoming freshmen and transfer students during summer orientation
  • Review petitions for curriculum changes.
  • Monitor student progress toward degree completion
  • Advocate on behalf of students experiencing personal difficulties and refer them to appropriate campus resources
  • Advise students on academic opportunities outside the department such as internships, courses, study abroad.
  • Advise students on post-baccalaureate plans such as graduate or professional schools and careers.
  • Use DARS, Banner, and UGradRecs to create and maintain files for all undergraduate students to record and track students’ progress toward a degree and to determine when students need additional academic assistance in order to design individual support plans for students.
  • Plan and assist with undergraduate student events, including orientation, convocation, and activity fairs.
  • Represent the department at student activities.

Moreover, this position will involve some event planning, coordination and implementation.  That work will involve collaboration with departmental faculty and staff as well as other university faculty and staff, alumni, volunteers, and vendors. Tasks included in this area of job responsibility are the following:

  • Creation and dissemination of invitations, programs, fliers and other event-related media;
  • Work with Political Science advising team to plan and facilitate various student event; and
  • Editorial and layout tasks related to preparation of departmental alumni newsletter, using content from department alumni committee and other faculty. 

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Additional Information

This is a twelve-month part-time benefits-eligible position. It includes health, dental and life insurance benefits, as well as participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).  Eligibility for the listed benefits are contingent on your citizenship or work authorization.  For full details on eligibility requirements, please reference Salary is commensurate with experience. Starting date is negotiable but no later than May 1, 2018.

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Required Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of advising experience in a higher education setting or similar experience.  

  • The successful candidate will also have strong verbal and written communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office software, and sensitivity to issues concerning diversity, race and ethnicity, and disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a social science or closely related discipline; experience with BANNER, DARS, UGRecs.