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Academic Advisor

Categories: Southeast Region 4


Office of the Vice Provost


University of Southern Mississippi

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Position Description

Reporting to the Assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Advisement, the position advises students on matters related to degree requirements, persistence, and completion; while assisting students to integrate personalized educational plans into their academic, career, and personal goals. Records student interactions; monitors and audits student progress. Creates, maintains, and presents material to support advising and student success; remaining current on the latest trends, practices, and research in academic advising and the disciplines they advise in. Maintains a network of referral sources for students to obtain information and assistance. Serves as a cultural navigator for the higher education experience.


  • Adheres to University and department policies, procedures, and regulations.

  • Promotes student development and academic self-efficacy through proactively educating and coaching students in addressing developmental tasks (time and stress management, study habits, goal-setting, use of resources).

  • Monitors and documents student progress using University technology (Campus Connect, Canvas, SOAR, Microsoft Office suite); provides intervention as needed.

  • Processes student requests and documents.

  • Advises students on academic issues.

  • Assists students with course selection, schedule planning, college and university requirements, and understanding of policies.

  • Supports students in addressing career and personal issues through appropriate partnerships on and off-campus.

  • Participates as an active team member in the programs and academic college related to advisement assignments to support college and department-level initiatives and builds relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders.

  • Assists other Academic Advisors and the University.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Application Process

Institution Information

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Contact Information

Richard Ladner


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree is required.
  • A valid driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience within an academic advising environment is preferred.