Job Positions

Academic Advisor/507667

Categories: South Central Region 7


Journalism & Mass Communications


Kansas State University

Date Posted:

Jul 9 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

For best consideration, apply by July 19, 2019

Position Description

The Academic Advisor is responsible for providing individual advising to approximately 200 undergraduate students studying Journalism and Mass Communications. This caseload includes majors, minors, and certificate-seeking students. Advising includes working with students concerning their academic plans, progress, career goals, and assisting students in making personal education decisions and meeting graduation requirements. Additionally, the advisor will coordinate and oversee undergraduate recruitment, including campus visits and travel to local and national events; serve as an advisor to the JMC Ambassadors; assist with departmental communication and outreach; teach JMC Orientation; and serve on relevant faculty, college, and university committees.


Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide academic advising to all undergraduate students in Journalism and Mass Communications JMC
  • Provide advising support to students pursuing a minor or certificate in JMC
  • Understand, convey, and implement academic policies, procedures, and protocols to students, parents, faculty, and other stakeholders, while upholding FERPA requirements and the highest ethical standards
  • Participate in university, state and national professional advising organizations
  • Provide Early Alert support for students struggling in classes
  • Organize orientation and enrollment sessions
  • Prepare letters of reference for graduate and/or professional school applications.
  • Provide information to students and faculty regarding curriculum, scholarships, and employment opportunities
  • Plan, coordinate and teach JMC Orientation class
  • Coordinate departmental recruitment efforts, including traveling to K-State recruitment events, regional events and the Journalism
  • Education Association national conventions (twice per year)
  • Coordinate prospective student on-campus visits
  • Track recruitment of prospective students and major-changers, as well as retention of current students to determine best methods of recruiting and retaining students
  • Serve as Advisor for JMC Ambassadors
  • Assist with maintaining and updating JMC website -Coordinate, write and manage content for JMC social media pages
  • Serve on JMC departmental faculty committees
  • Serve on relevant Arts & Sciences college and university committees

Application Process

Apply via K-State's website,


  • Letter of interest addressing skills and qualifications related to the position
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Institution Information

K-State's A.Q. Miller School advising is conducted by primary-role advisors who meet with students from recruiting all the way through graduation. The school has 400 students in two sequences – Journalism and Strategic Communications. The A.Q. Miller School is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The academic advisors are highly involved in the program and have a voice in all school matters from student experience to the curriculum.

Additional Information

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world.

Contact Information

Sarah Howe,, 785-532-3953


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree -One year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. in College Student Development, Student Services, Academic Advising
  • Academic background or experience in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate student success
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated engagement in advising-related professional organizations
  • Experience with Kansas State Student Information System (KSIS), Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS), and Student Success Collaborative (SCC), Talisma, HTML, and Web-CMS
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to meet deadlines, be detail-oriented and prioritize tasks
  • Experience with Abode InDesign
  • Adherence to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards
  • Knowledge of university academic programs, policies, procedures and student services
  • Effective recruiting experience
  • Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity