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Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Academic Advising: First-Year and Exploratory


Central Washington University

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Position Description

This position provides academic advising, degree planning support, and UNIV 101/102 instruction to students at Ellensburg campus. Academic advisors also provide outreach with students on academic warning, on academic probation, with academic alerts, and who are late to enroll for classes. This position plays a vital role in Student Success at CWU and share the responsibility with faculty and staff to help facilitate strong rates of degree attainment and student retention.


  • Advise students on academic requirements and accessing resources to plan and assist with degree completion

  • Counsel exploring and undecided students about majors and minors; providing interventions and/or referrals as necessary

  • Advise prospective and incoming first year students and undecided transfer students

  • Encourage students to make informed academic decisions and develop individualized academic plans.

  • Assist students with course articulation, and recommend appropriate academic course loads and course selections

  • Analyze and interpret student data, transcripts, and placement results, as well as university policy and procedures

  • Outreach and assist students on academic warning, on academic probation, or with academic alerts, to develop a plan of success

  • Maintain up-to-date Advisor Notes, documenting student participation and progress- Design and deliver presentations to various audiences

  • Teach academic advising seminars and/or college success courses (UNIV 101 and/or UNIV 102)

  • Collaborate with the Colleges, academic departments, and other university offices (i.e. Career Services, Learning Support Services, and other advising units)

  • Support the First Year Experience program and Discover Orientations where academic advising is concerned, providing information and support to new students and their families

  • Other duties as assigned

Application Process

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;Resume including work history, education, training; andContact information for three professional references.

Institution Information

About 3,000 graduates each year Enrollment numbers 2017-2018: 11,500

On-campus residents: 2,700

Male/female ratio: 49/51

Students of color: 33%

Estimated costs for 2017-18: Average out-of-pocket for base tuition: $3,000

Full price basic tuition, for 10 - 17 credits: $5,907

Room and board: $10,175

Number of students receiving State Need Grants: 3,800


  • More than 135 majors
  • Nationally and/or regionally distinguished programs in music, geology, paramedicine, physics, and education
  • Faculty recognized regionally and/or nationally for collegiate teaching in mathematics, physics, geology, music, and chemistry.
  • Average class size: 20
  • Student to faculty ratio: 18-to-1

Additional Information


Contact Information

Name: Toni Woodman

Title: Lead Academic Advisor


Phone: (509) 963-2722

Website: Exploratory Advising


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in academic counseling/advising with young adults and/or adult learners
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communication, and presentation skills OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in college student development, counseling, or related field
  • Experience in teaching advising seminars and/or college success courses
  • Knowledge of student development theories and best practices in academic advising