As one of the largest enrollment units for first- and second-year students at the Pennsylvania State University, the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) seeks a student-centered individual to join its academic advising program in a standing academic adviser position. We are looking for someone motivated to engage students in developing skills that allow them to explore and build meaningful academic goals for their undergraduate educations at Penn State. We are interested in individuals who understand a) the role of academic advising in promoting student success, b) the importance of building inclusive communities for students, c) how to leverage co-curricular involvement to aid exploration and increase students’ sense of belonging, and d) the importance of being an engaged colleague and teammate. The Division of Undergraduate Studies strives to be a collaborative and inclusive community. We embrace individual uniqueness, value the educational, institutional, and societal benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them succeed.
The successful candidate(s), will:
• serve as the assigned academic adviser to approximately 250 students.
• develop relationships with advisees, guide their search and choice of exploratory engagement, and monitor their academic progress.
• serve as an in-person (on-campus) adviser providing individual and group advising.
• develop expertise in interpreting University policies, procedures, and curricular requirements.
• deliver academic advising at New Student Orientation between May to August annually.
• present at unit- and University-wide recruitment and matriculation events to large numbers of students and families.
• participate in unit- and University-wide committees, projects, or initiatives.
• report to a unit director who encourages professional growth. Advisers in the Division of Undergraduate Studies come from a variety of backgrounds and have varied expertise.
Experiences within DUS include: K-college teaching; residential life; mental-health and school counseling; and career advising. We welcome applications from all interested parties and encourage applicants with experience working with neurodiverse students or/and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to apply. For full consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter. Review of materials will begin on August 13, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. This is a standing 12-month appointment. For more information about the Division of Undergraduate Studies see: www.dus.psu.edu.
Applications should be submitted to WorkDay. For assistance for external applicants, please see https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PSU_Staff/job/University-Park-Campus/Academic-Adviser_REQ_0000017206-1.
• This position will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience.
• This position typically requires a Master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience or education is required for starting at a higher level.