The Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (ECEE) Department in the College of Engineering invites applications for an Undergraduate Academic Advisor. This position is responsible for providing academic and developmental advising for undergraduates in the ECEE Department of the College of Engineering & Applied Science. The position will have a regular caseload, the numbers of which may vary from year to year as enrollment fluctuates. The positon will be charged with developing and implementing advising strategies and interventions to enhance the performance and retention of undergraduate students that support the undergraduate educational mission of the department and college.
Collaboration and Involvement
- Assists students in clarifying their values and in understanding their abilities, interests, limitations, and goals, and helps students relate these to decisions about academic majors and careers.
- Provides information and resources to assist students in making decisions, and in understanding the consequences of alternative courses of action.
- Provides students with accurate information about general college degree requirements, major degree requirements, college and department/program academic policies and procedures.
- Monitors students' academic performance, directing students who demonstrate strong performance to more challenging educational opportunities, and intervening with students in academic difficulty to recommend new approaches to time management and study skills, and to refer them to appropriate support services.
- Reviews students' progress toward graduation, and advises students on their graduation status. Works with college's graduation coordinator in a timely manner to ensure that the tentative list of graduates' information is accurate and up-to-date. Certifies graduates' completion of all degree requirements.
Systems and technology
- Serves as an active member of the ECEE undergraduate committee(s), providing "front line" insights, feedback, and suggestions to faculty and the unit. Builds expertise in understanding the discipline/departmental programs and curricula through working with faculty, and carries insights/best practices back to college.
- Participates in and/or leads student-facing ECEE departmental activities and initiatives.
- Attends and participates in college undergraduate academic advising team meetings, sharing relevant information from/to the department/program. Contributes to ongoing development and updating of undergraduate advising team's "best practices" and other college-wide advising activities.
- Works with other advisors on strategies to help at-risk students and students on academic alert/recovery/suspension with their academic success.
- Potential oversight of student employee(s).
- Uses online systems as adopted by the campus/college to maintain an advising calendar for students, create accurate records of all advising meetings/interactions, and conduct appropriate outreach to students. Maintains accurate and confidential online student academic records.
- Utilizes the online degree audit system to ensure students' progress towards degree is accurate and up-to-date. Educates students on use of online degree audit system to monitor their own progress towards degree. Utilizes standardized best practices for processing specific actions in the online degree audit system. Ensures that department's various online audits are accurate for each catalog year via collaboration with college and Registrar's Office staff.
The anticipated starting salary for this position is $48,000.00, commensurate with experience.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- One year of professional-level experience as an academic advisor in higher education.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.
- Master's degree in education, counseling, or a related field.
- Experience working with STEM students in a higher education setting.
- Familiarity with cognitive development theory and with its application to the advisement of college students.
- Experience interacting with parents of college students.
- Familiarity with university's student information systems (e.g., Campus Solutions, degree audit system, etc.).