Job Positions

Academic and Student Success Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Exploratory Advising


Purdue University - Northwest

Date Posted:

Feb 17 2018 10:00PM

Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Position Description

Academic and Student Success Advisors work in Exploratory Advising and work specifically with students who have not yet declared a major. Academic and Student Success Advisors play a significant role in our renewed focus on increasing student persistence, retention, and graduation. They work with students in their first year (or two) and focus on assisting students in successfully transitioning to college, choosing a major, and becoming academically qualified to declare their major. We currently have openings for two Academic and Student Success Advisor positions on our Hammond campus and one Academic and Student Success Advisor position on our Westville campus.


  • Serve as the primary resource and advisor for all academic and student success related needs for students who are exploratory - either undecided (i.e., unsure of what they want to study) or undeclared (i.e., are not academically eligible to declare their desired major).
  • Develop supportive, mentoring relationships with each individual advisee.
  • Maintain knowledge of each individual advisee’s goals, educational plans, challenges, and needed resources.
  • Maintain current, accurate knowledge of curricular requirements for all academic programs, registration dates and procedures, policies of the University, college, and academic departments, and graduation requirements.
  • Maintain degree plans for each individual advisee, monitor academic progress, and ensure that course selections lead students to graduation in the most efficient manner.
  • Engage students in exploring and committing to their academic major in a timely manner.
  • Advise students who are not eligible to declare their preferred major and assist students in pursuing alternate major options when necessary.
  • Monitor the success and progress of all assigned advisees, intervene when necessary, determine root causes of student challenges, facilitate referrals to support services (e.g., Academic Support, Writing Center, Dean of Student, Financial Aid, Bursar, Counseling Services, Disability Services, TRIO, secondary advisors, Career Services), and follow up to facilitate success, as appropriate.
  • Identify students who are at risk of being dropped from the University due to poor academic performance, including those on probation, and those who are at risk of dropping or stopping out of college for other reasons.
  • Work with each student to develop a success plan that will prompt them to seek necessary resources and prompt them to take an active approach to succeeding in school.
  • Facilitate the advisor led portion of the first year seminar course for undecided and undeclared students.
  • Track student participation and grades, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with faculty to provide a support network for students.

Application Process

Please submit an application on through our HR website. If you are attending The Placement Exchange as a candidate, please include your candidate number.

Institution Information

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), in the land grant tradition of learning, discovery and engagement, provides high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate education for approximately 9,000 students in Northwest Indiana and beyond. We offer more than 70 academic programs in five colleges and an engaging honors college, feature 13 varsity athletic programs that compete in the NCAA Division II, and engage students through more than 100 student organizations and 40 intramural programs. Located in Northwest Indiana, PNW has two beautiful campuses. Our Hammond, Indiana campus is set on 172 acres just miles from the Chicago border and 25 miles from the heart of downtown Chicago. The campus includes two residence halls that are home to approximately 900 students. The Westville campus is set on a picturesque 269 acres located 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. It is located approximately an hour drive to both Chicago and South Bend, Indiana. About Purdue University Northwest Students We may be partial, but at PNW, we think we get to work with incredible students. The average age of our degree-seeking undergraduate students is 21 and 80% are enrolled full-time. Approximately 60% of our undergraduate students are first-generation college students, over 30% of our students are students of color, and 8% of our students are international students. 300 of our students participate in our honors college and 270 are student athletes. Our student athletes boast an impressive average GPA of 3.23! Department - Academic Success In 2016, PNW embarked on a new five-year strategic plan. The first goal in our strategic plan and a significant focus of our work as an institution in increasing student success. We continually work to improve student support and resources so that students can thrive at PNW. Academic Success, which is housed within Academic Affairs, is a newly redesigned area focused on increasing student retention, persistence, and graduation. The area includes Exploratory Advising which serves students who are undecided in their major and students who are not yet academically qualified to declare their desired major and Student Academic Support which provides centralized tutoring and supplemental instruction. Academic Success also collaborates extensively with our colleges to improve the student academic experience and increase student success across our institution.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Tara Sullivan, Ph.D. Executive Director of Academic Success

Purdue University Northwest

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Required Qualifications

  • This position requires three years of professional work experience within a higher education setting in a student affairs, academic advising and/or student success/retention-related position.
  • Candidates who have held at least one previous full-time position post-graduate school are strongly preferred.
  • This position requires high cultural competence, knowledge of the needs of student traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including first generation students, students of color, low-income students, non-traditional age students, and students with disabilities.
  • Appreciation for and ability to facilitate success amongst a diverse community of students is essential.

Preferred Qualifications