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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education


Michigan State University

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Open Until Filled

Position Description



  • Provide intensive academic advising to help students navigate the college success pathway from admission to graduation;
  • Advise special populations of undergraduate students with academic promise, in course selection, choosing a major, career preparation, identification of resources and financial literacy;
  • Facilitate a culture of inclusion and professionalism that fosters student success.
  • Understand, interpret, and implement academic policies and procedures in all aspects of job performance;
  • Interact effectively with academic departments including consultation with university advisors, administrators and faculty;
  • Participate in full range of student affairs activities, including academic orientation programs and outreach activities including selected evenings and weekends;
  • Serve as an academic support liaison, alongside other academic specialists, with other academic departments, offices and tutoring units- e.g., Writing Center, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, Neighborhood Engagement Centers, Math Learning Center, Learning Resource Center, Engineering, Business, Athletics, etc., on campus that offer assistance and support for students;
  • Maintain confidential student records in compliance with federal guidelines;
  • Track and communicate progress toward degree requirements using online records systems;
  • Prepare, compile and submit all required advising, and other reports;
  • Monitor the effective service delivery of an advising caseload in the coordination of academic support for students by documenting, assessing and evaluating quality of student participation and overall student progress;
  • Manage and align office-administered assessment instruments with the academic success plans of students;
  • Conduct  performance self-evaluations and contribute to overall unit and campus assessments and evaluations as requested; and,
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.

Application Information

Institution Information


Additional Information

Commensurate with experience

Contact Information

Floyd Pouncil, 434 Farm Lane Rd., 209 Bessey Hall, East Lansing, MI  48824;; 517-353-5210


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs or related field;
  • Demonstrated high level of cultural competency and success working with special populations of students;
  • Ability to work effectively with university-wide student support units, other campus academic support staff and external stakeholders;
  • Advanced technical skills in database, presentation, scheduling, spreadsheets and word processing software, web forms and related tools;
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are essential;
  • Experience and confidence advising non-traditional students such as first-generation and low-income, students with disabilities, foster/homeless/transient youth, LGBTQ, independent status, veterans, and adult learners in course and major selection, financial literacy, professional development and transitional issues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Social work background;
  • Two to three years of full-time work experience in social work or student services such as academic advising, orientation, student affairs, housing/residence life, counseling, intake and assessment, etc.;
  • Highly skilled in program evaluation, assessment, and data presentation;
  • Expertise with online university forms management including the Electronic Student Academic Folder (ESAF), Student Information Systems (SIS), and MAP-Works, as well as, online course management systems such as Desire2Learn and ANGEL;
  • Collaborative experience with MSU’s TRiO Student Support Services, Degree-Granting Colleges, Undergraduate University Division, Office of the Registrar, Career Services, Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid, Student Athlete Support Services, Neighborhood Engagement Centers, and Counseling Center;
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures, electronic advising tools, campus/community resources and study abroad programs;
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who have background that is similar to TRIO participants, or who have overcome barriers similar to those confronting program participants.