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Senior Academic Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


Department of Geography, Environment and Society


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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Position Description

The Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota is a top-ranked, nationally and internationally recognized department that includes programs in Geography, Urban Studies, BSE (Biology, Society and Environment), and Geographic Information Science.  Studies in Geography offer an integrative perspective on the relations among social, political, economic, and physical phenomena in space and place, and provides a methodological emphasis in Geographic Information Science. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focuses on the conceptual and analytical frameworks and specialized skills needed for professions focused on urban change or development in public agencies, non-profits, or private business, or for graduate study in urban planning, law, social welfare, public affairs, or the social and environmental sciences. BSE, in addition to comprehensive training in biology, examines the relevance of the biological sciences to social, environmental, or health-related problems. MGIS program, first of its type in the U.S., is a professional degree program that provides a comprehensive GIS degree that balances work in the theoretical/conceptual, technical, and application domains of GIS; delivers course work at times convenient for students employed full time; and emphasizes societal impacts of GIS technologies. In addition to the four programs mentioned above, the department assists in the advising of CLA's Public Health minor. 


Academic Advising (60%)
--Provide academic advising services to continuing and new students via individual appointments, walk-in meetings, phone and e-mail consultation, group advising sessions, and transfer student orientations. Advising services include:
--Declaring majors/minors and approving proposals for concentrations for individualized degree programs.
--Assessing progress toward program completion and assisting with course selection.
--Providing referrals to campus resources. Recommending solutions for academic difficulties.
--Maintaining and updating student records in appropriate electronic databases/systems. Monitor degree progress, process student petitions for evaluation of study abroad and transfer work.
--Career advising, including consulting with CLA Career Services to plan and publicize events.
--Apprising students of study abroad and engagement opportunities, including internships and service learning courses.

Manage Advising Services (15%)
--Supervise the work of part-time advisor(s) and/or undergraduate peer advisors (as necessary).
--Hire and train peer advisors.
--Oversee communication with undergraduates via the periodic e-mail announcements, and the undergraduate studies website. Responsible for undergraduate website content.
--Establish office procedures and policies to guide staff in advising work.
--Approve contracts for student/faculty directed study.
--Help students identify Capstone projects in Geography and across UMNTC colleges and Coordinate student registration for these projects.
--Represent undergraduate studies at CLA and admissions events for current and prospective students.
--Collaborate with advisors in CLA Student Services on various initiatives and in problem-solving student issues.

Coordinate Undergraduate Studies (10%)
--Answer instructors' questions about undergraduate student issues, such as academic dishonesty, student conduct, registration, University policies, disability accommodations, and referrals to campus resources.
--Manage enrollment in various courses.
--Manage applications for departmental undergraduate scholarships, and assist Director of Undergraduate Studies in nominating majors for college scholarships.  Administer departmental scholarships.
--Orient new Directors of Undergraduate Studies. Serve as ongoing resource for Director of Undergraduate Studies and offer input as needed.
--Represent departmental undergraduate studies to constituencies outside of the department.

Curriculum and Enrollment Review (10%)
--Consult with Director of Undergraduate Studies and Course Coordinator to plan annual schedule of undergraduate classes.
--Assist in selecting course proposals for topics courses offered in summer.
--Assist in revising and updating program major and minors.
--Assist in review and revision of current courses and assist in ECAS / PCAS entry.
--Research enrollment patterns in order to inform decisions about future course offerings.
--Serve on department's undergraduate studies committee.

Programming Development and Implementation (5%)
--Organize undergraduate participation in Brown Day
--Advise the undergraduate student group
--Plan events (including purchasing food, supplies, etc) for undergraduate studies.

Application Process

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


Contact Information

Cover letters may be addressed to Chair Bruce Braun.  Questions can be directed to Glen Powell, Assistant to the Chair, at


Required Qualifications

  • Completed Master’s degree.
  • Three years college-level academic advising or college-level teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with students from diverse communities and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent skills in communication, computer literacy, time management, organization, and problem solving.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel, psychology, counseling, social work, or field related to advising.
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development theories and ability to bridge advising philosophies with practice on a daily basis.
  • Supervision of student employees.
  • Prior leadership experience in professional or personal capacity.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships in an education setting with a large and diverse student, staff, and faculty population. 
  • Experience interpreting complex policies and ability to learn and disseminate detailed information.
  • Education program-development experience, including co-curricular engagement and career development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced changing environment prioritizing conflicting demands.
  • Experience with database programs (Microsoft Excel and Access); familiarity with PeopleSoft system, Google apps for business, web-based advising software (degree audits, APLUS, UM Reports).