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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Student Academic Affairs


University of Michigan

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Position Description

LSA Student Academic Affairs (SAA) serves students, the College, the University, and the larger society by contributing to the intellectual and personal growth of students in the liberal arts tradition. Overall, Student Academic Affairs is responsible for helping LSA undergraduates achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and science education afforded by the College. To accomplish this responsibility, LSA SAA is organized in the following units: Office of the Assistant Dean, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities, Advising Information and Communications, and the Testing Accommodation Center (TAC).

The LSA academic advisor will join a large team of outstanding individuals with diverse professional and personal backgrounds in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center who form a high-functioning community of practice. Our Professional Development Committee and Committee for Intercultural Development (CID) build upon our extensive on-boarding training program to promote continuous learning and skill-building amongst our staff. Through these and other efforts, our office cultivates a culture that is welcoming, supportive, and responsive to our staff and students.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.


The LSA academic advisor in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center plays a pivotal role in the lives of LSA students.  With the unique opportunity to advise students from orientation through graduation, the LSA advisor motivates and inspires LSA students to explore and synthesize the richness of the liberal arts experience, both inside and outside the classroom.  The LSA academic advisor is responsible for advising entering students at Summer Orientation, maintaining regular contact with assigned students until graduation, providing accurate information about College procedures, policies, resources, programs, and curriculum, and serving as an informed resource for students.  The advisor’s particular duties include conducting one-on-one appointments and exchanging e-mail with students, monitoring their progress, challenging them to invest fully in curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and contacting and referring students experiencing academic or personal difficulty to the appropriate resource. The LSA academic advisor also can develop and present educational workshops and programs and may have the opportunity to co-advise with colleagues in the LSA Opportunity Hub, Career Center or other units on campus.

The LSA academic advisor serves as a liaison to one or more University of Michigan academic departments, schools, colleges or administrative units and is expected to catalyze discussion and promote cooperation to ensure that student interests are served throughout the University.  The LSA advisor also serves the Newnan Advising Center through membership on one or more standing committees.

Application Process

Institution Information

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Additional Information

ExemptSalary Range: $49,000

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a liberal arts field; demonstrated advising/mentoring skills; knowledge of purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education; collaborative work style and team-building skills; ability to work with diverse constituencies; ability to lead groups; ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation; ability to deliver timely, accurate and precise information in a multi-task environment; excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality; familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or doctoral degree, preferably in a liberal arts field, counseling discipline, or in higher education; extensive experience in advising, teaching, or mentoring college students.