Job Positions

Academic Adviser 4 (Academic Recovery Specialist)/91973

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies


The Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted:

Nov 14 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Academic Recovery Specialist will manage the interventions for students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal or near a 2.0 cumulative GPA (academically at-risk).


They will provide consistent and on-going academic recovery advising to students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, or near a 2.0 cumulative GPA. They will design and implement policy, procedure and interventions around Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal and students near 2.0 for the College in collaboration with appropriate units and individuals in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies. They will manage identification of students on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, and near 2.0, provide communication to those students about their status, and conduct appropriate interventions. They will manage the appeal process for students on Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal. They will assess the interventions for students on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, and near 2.0. Other responsibilities may include: assisting with Faculty Senate petitions for the College; addressing Early Progress Reporting and other alerts from course instructors for students in warning or academically at-risk; and providing training to Liberal Arts advisers on University and College policy and procedures around Academic Recovery. In this role, they will participate on the academic advising leadership team consisting also of the lead advisers and the Director of Academic Advising. They will communicate regularly with all of the advising staff, academic departments and Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies (LAUS) around academic warning and suspension policies, procedures, expectations, and student needs. They will operate as a resource on students in distress and crisis in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies and on academic success resources available to students at Penn State. They will build relationships with student support offices across the University and participate on College and University committees, as appropriate. As a member of the Liberal Arts Academic Advising team, they may also participate in New Student Orientation, recruitment initiatives, and advising students in Liberal Arts majors and students outside the College interested in Liberal Arts majors.

Application Process

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Apply online at

Institution Information

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Jamie McClintock Brenner
Director of Academic Advising


Required Qualifications

Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Competencies critical to success include academic advising; experience with academically at-risk students; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking; experience working with a diverse body of students; demonstrated time management skills, which includes ability to manage multiple responsibilities and to support College events and programs; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; attention to detail and a willingness to follow best practices concerning record-keeping and documentation of student interventions. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include counseling training and/or experience, experience working with people in distress or crisis, and working knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.