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Director of Advisement and Student Transitions

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Student Success


Tennessee State University

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Position Description

The Director of Advisement and Student Transitions will be responsible for directing the professional advising staff and collaborating faculty advisors to provide vision and leadership to the university advising community, which includes all aspects of student-centered undergraduate advising from first-time enrollment through sophomore year. In collaboration with other stakeholders, the incumbent will enhance student retention and success through coordination of this office, which includes the Office of First-Year Students and student success initiatives. The Director also assesses advising initiatives and implements changes to ensure consistent best practices in student advising support.


  • Provides leadership for the office of Advising and Student Transitions, including management of a staff of 10+ employees
  • Provides direction for and assesses academic advising practices, orientation, and first and second-year programming, which includes the Destination TSU new student orientation, Summer Completion Academy, Take 15 initiative, Degree in 3 program, and mini semesters.
  • Participates in institutional planning and policy formulation and serves as a consultant to the broader campus community on issues related to academic advising and student retention and success.
  • Coordinates the Academic Recovery course and early intervention strategies for academic probation, suspension and academic foci
  • Facilitates partnerships with Academic Affairs and Records to ensure effective advising services for academic probation, suspension and academic foci students as well as other at-risk students
  • Develops, implements, and assesses advising training for faculty and staff
  • Employs best-practice advising and counseling theories to provide leadership that promotes effective student support
  • Assists in the development and implementation of advising-related technology
  • Monitors professional advising standards
  • Maintains communications through administrative channels to and from advising staff
  • Coordinates activities between multiple service areas, including Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, and IT
  • Manages the Advisement Center and First-Year Students budget effectively, which include student fee-funded and foundation accounts
  • Other duties as assigned

Application Information

Institution Information

Tennessee State University is committed to excellence and has been consistently listed in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade. Founded in 1912, TSU is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant institution in Nashville, Tennessee. The university has been served by seven presidents, including Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, who is currently serving as our eighth president. The university has over 8,400 students and offers associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Tiffany Bellafant Steward

Assistant Vice President for Student Success

615-963-5173 (Office)


Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Student Affairs or closely related discipline
  • Progressive experience in academic advising with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team
  • Demonstrated knowledge of advising theory
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of student information systems
  • Evidence of the ability to work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications