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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support


University of Illinois - Springfield

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Position Description

OASIS (Office of Advising Services, Information and Support) at the University of Illinois Springfield seeks applications for two professional Academic Advisor positions. These positions are responsible for leading initiatives and developing programming that will promote student persistence and completion of college. Primary duties include advising students in completing the first thirty hours of undergraduate coursework.


Serve as academic advisor for undergraduate students; teach students relevant graduation requirements, academic policies and procedures; help students to connect the skills they learn in the classroom to future career paths; help students access campus resources; assist student in overcoming educational problems; increase retention by providing a personal connection to the institution; participate in recruitment and retention activities including some evening and weekend work; act as point of contact for students from first inquiry until they are transitioned in to advising within the major; develop and implement retention practices; monitor and modify print and web-based retention materials, including program websites, to ensure accuracy.

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Institution Information

UIS is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois, with an annual enrollment of approximately 5,000 students, a little more than 3,000 of whom are undergraduates. UIS offers 23 bachelor’s degree programs and 31 minors. Average class size is 15. UIS is located on the southeast side of Springfield, Illinois. Springfield, the state capital, is approximately 200 miles southwest of Chicago and 100 miles northeast of St. Louis. UIS celebrates its diversity with a campus comprised of students and faculty of various ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and life experiences. For more information, see

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Contact Information

Dr. Tarah Sweeting-Trotter, Senior Director for Advising and Learning Support Services


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree;
  • two years’ professional experience in an advising, counseling, mentoring, or comparable role a higher-education setting, with demonstrated knowledge of best practices in advising services as promoted by the National Academic Advising Association;
  • demonstrated ability to relate well to a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and parents, including underserved populations and first-generation students and parents;
  • demonstrated professional skills in communicating with faculty about academic issues;
  • demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills with an appropriate understanding of the needs of the audience and appropriate professionalism;
  • demonstrated skills in teamwork and collaboration across campus units;
  • demonstrated knowledge of the interaction between academic programs and student support services, including experience with referring students to appropriate services and communicating with services to prepare plans for student success; demonstrated student-focused interpersonal skills, including listening, interviewing, and navigating difficult dialogues with students related to academic or personal problems;
  • demonstrated ability to work reliably and independently, with minimal supervision, in the scheduling and delivery of student services and in the leadership and management of multiple, time-sensitive projects, and collaborative projects involving Center-wide initiatives including marketing, data, and assessment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with teaching and presentation skills in academic success courses;
  • experience working with Starfish or other retention software.