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Student Success Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Food Science


University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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Position Description

This is an exempt, 12 month, full time, non-tenure track staff position that provides an exciting opportunity to be a part of UT’s Advising 2020 strategic plan that integrates academic and career advising with self-exploration, leadership, and experience learning. The Student Success Advisor position responsibilities are grounded in best practices as outlined in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Academic Advisor Career Path. A person holding this position will be expected to create professional development plans with their supervisor that will include advancement on the Career Path.


The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) is looking for vibrant, dynamic individuals interested in working in a team environment dedicated to student success in the Department of Food Science. The Student Success Advisor (Senior Advisor II) will provide comprehensive academic advising and support holistic student success for undergraduate students pursuing or interested in Food Science. The position will promote academic advising as an essential tool for academic success and as a critical component of the educational experience. Advising responsibilities include, though are not limited to, advising students with course selection to meet academic requirements and their career goals, working with first year and transfer students to ensure successful transition to UTK, working with faculty to help students find experiential learning opportunities and programs that promote career development, and support holistic student success. This person will be the primary coordinator for services related to new student and transfer orientation advising sessions, student success programming, and assist with on-campus recruitment activities for potential students. The position will foster students’ intellectual and personal development towards academic success, major selection and academic plan development that aligns with strengths and aspirations, and advise students on policies and procedures of the University, CASNR, and the Department. This position will be primarily housed in and have primary responsibility for advising students in the department of Food Science with secondary responsibilities to support advising and student success efforts in the department of Animal Science. The Student Success Advisor will be a critical team member of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s office, the Departments of Food Science and Animal Science. 

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Institution Information

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. As a land-grant university guided by its VolVision 2020 strategic plan, it is committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values seeking knowledge, leading with innovation and integrity, advancing diversity and inclusion, engaging locally and globally and embracing the responsible stewardship of resources. A critical component of the VolVision 2020 strategic plan is the transformation of academic advising to a model that focuses on providing undergraduates with consistent and holistic advising throughout their undergraduate experience and on integrating career and academic advising with experience learning. This University-wide commitment to advising has resulted in the addition of a number of academic advisor positions at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

The Institute of Agriculture houses the Land Grant component of the university and consists of AgResearch, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Extension, and College of Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real-world experience is a departmental goal. 

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Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree

Two or more years of professional experience working in an advising capacity within a college or university

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s in Education, Higher Education, College Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, Student Development, Counseling, or related area

Thorough working knowledge of academic advising practices and student development theory, significant advising experience in higher education, some teaching experience in higher education, working knowledge of student information systems such as DARS, BANNER, GradesFirst or related software, some familiarity/experience in life skills and academic coaching, excellent oral and written communication skills, experience in conducting assessments and implementing improvements, experience in developing and creating student retention strategies, experience in working in a team oriented environment, experience in working and collaborating with faculty and campus partners.