Job Positions

Academic Adviser 2/3

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


College of Engineering


Penn State University

Date Posted:

Sep 13 2022 8:31AM

Close Date:

Oct 7 2022

Position Description

The College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University is a recognized world leader in impactful teaching and learning, research, and service to the University, the profession, and society. We promote a culture of equity and inclusion wherein everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, everyone's opinions and contributions are valued, and everyone strives for excellence in themselves, in their colleagues, and in the institution. To support these ideals, to support the College’s vision to inspire change and impact tomorrow, and to support the belief that academic advising plays an integral role in enhancing student success which is central to the University’s teaching and learning mission, the College of Engineering is reimagining its undergraduate academic advising structure to expand professional advising supports to undergraduate students across all majors and all years at its University Park campus. We are seeking innovative, knowledgeable, and collaborative individuals to join our team in providing academic advising to in-major students from their 2nd year through graduation. These academic advisers will be geographically embedded within a College of Engineering academic department. They will work closely with department faculty to serve students in that major with navigating their unique learning experiences and helping them to determine appropriate academic plans.


The selected individuals will support undergraduate students with the following: Integration into their academic major or program’s community. Developing relationships with key members of the academic community. Engagement in communication efforts to help develop students’ sense of belonging. Initiate proactive advising interventions as needed. Guide students through the goal setting, course selection, and scheduling process. Help with co-curricular experience and engagement exploration. Assist with the interpretation of university and college policies and procedures. Address student concerns and make professional referrals as appropriate. Maintain and ensure confidentiality of student records. Resolve academic problems and escalating unusual matters. Identify and monitor academic progress. These academic advisers will be expected participate in various college programs such as New Student Orientation, Accepted Student Programs, Spend A Summer Day, Major Nights, and group advising presentations. These positions require interaction with students, parents, faculty, and various college staff members, and a comfort with public speaking.

Application Process

To be considered, candidates must submit a resume and a cover letter.

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Current Penn State employees will apply in Workday (REQ_0000035312).

Institution Information

There’s a reason Penn State consistently ranks among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Across 24 campuses, our 100,000 students and 40,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom – it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world. Our ideals stem from our origins as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, which allow us to continue to bring positive impact to humanity through our teaching, research, and engagement mission. And across the world is a community of Penn Staters – more than half a million strong – driven by that same spirit to serve our local and global communities. At Penn State, passion is met with collaboration in an environment that is rooted in shared pride for the accomplishments of our fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Penn Staters cheer each other on to build a culture committed to service and engagement. Our University values represent our core ethical aspirations for all our daily activities and actions as students, faculty, staff, and volunteers at Penn State. Our values are as follows; Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community. We Are Penn State. One Community. Impacting Many.

Additional Information

In this position, you will not only directly support the advising needs of College of Engineering students, you will also play a fundamental role in the expansion of the advising structure in the College of Engineering. As the inaugural positions in this reimagined model, you will help to define the foundation for the future comprehensive dynamic and collaborative academic advising team. Due to the evolving nature of the academic organizational structure in the College, we are seeking candidates who are comfortable with change, and are excited to participate in the implementation of this new model. Passionate academic advisers who are committed to supporting students, who enjoy creative problem-solving, engaging with diverse populations, and are equally comfortable working independently and working with a collaborative team are encouraged to apply!

Contact Information

Dr. Christine Masters


Required Qualifications


Typically requires a Master's Degree or higher plus at least one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This position will be filled at a level 2 or 3, depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experiences. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong attention to detail, and a desire to work with students in a high-enrollment college are necessities for success in these positions. The successful candidates will have strong backgrounds in working with high school or college-aged students, and a proven track record of commitment to serving diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

Desired qualities and skills include, but are not limited to: Enthusiasm for working with college students and helping them define and achieve their own successes. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated knowledge of applying student and identity development and growth mindset theories. Desire to develop and execute high-quality academic advising best practices and standards. Ability to interface effectively with a diverse community inclusive of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Excellent written and oral communication skills.