Job Positions

Academic Advisor Senior

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Honors Program


Utah State University

Date Posted:

Jul 8 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

July 29, 2019

Position Description

The Utah State University Honors Program seeks an experienced, dynamic professional advisor eager to combine individual academic advising in Honors with cross-college leadership of a multi-disciplinary Honors advising team. The Academic Advisor Senior is responsible for coordinating the Honors advising message across USU campuses; advising students about how to map Honors onto their USU experiences; representing the program publicly at on- and off-campus recruiting, advising, and training events; and making decisions about Honors advising in keeping with the program’s mission and goals. Because Honors serves more than 600 high-ability students, this individual both engages directly with students as an Honors academic advisor and coordinates with a team of college advisors and faculty to ensure outstanding co-advising between Honors and the major. This Academic Advisor Senior must understand and refer students to a wide range of USU resources; oversee and train other academic advisors, as well as Honors staff, peer advisors, and undergraduate teaching fellows in basic Honors advising; coordinate with USU admissions, area high schools, Honors staff, and college advisors to recruit high-ability students; develop and help implement strategies to increase Honors retention and graduation rates in collaboration with the director and program coordinator; engage in proactive advising to ensure student success and remediate academic problems; and oversee Honors course scheduling and enrollment. The position requires exceptional discretion and judgment; trustworthy decision-making and creative problem-solving; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; charismatic leadership and recruiting ability; and the desire and capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of various productive teams.


A combination of Honors academic advising and cross-college advisor coordination, including face-to-face, phone, and online advising of students, collaboration with co-advisors across disciplines; oversight of course scheduling in relation to student needs; and regular tracking and updating of student progress toward Honors graduation (70%) Management of student retention, including proactive advising to insure progress on Honors requirements; CIVITAS database analysis and applications for Honors; remediation of academic problems; oversight of peer advisor messaging to at-risk students; and collaboration with the director and coordinator on retention assessment and development of retention-focused Honors programming (13%) Management of student recruiting and staff training, including collaboration with the director on high-ability recruiting strategy and establishment of Honors presence at recruiting events; coordination of orientation and Connections experiences for Honors; and training and supervision of Honors staff, peer advisors, and undergraduate teaching fellows in basic Honors advising (10%) Professional development, training, and university service, including ongoing USU committee work and regular professional development activities (7%) Advises potential, current, and former students during face-to-face, phone, and online appointments about Honors requirements and USU resources for student success Builds and coordinates a team of cross-college academic advisors to ensure clear communication with all high-ability students about both Honors and major requirements Runs regular Honors training for interested academic advisors across disciplines and follows up to ensure accurate, effective co-advising Assists students in mapping Honors requirements onto their academic plans and coordinates with advisors in the student’s college to ensure clear messaging Explains how previous college work can count toward Honors for transfer or existing USU students

Reviews and approves completion of requirements for graduation with Honors Assists students in building the skills to make informed vocational and personal choices Develops, implements, and assesses appropriate developmental advising programs for engaging students and monitoring student progress toward academic and career goals Helps to remediate academic problems and oversees all Honors probation and dismissal correspondence with affected students Makes appropriate referrals to other university and non-university resources Maintains detailed records and documentation of advising interactions Helps students navigate and make the most of advising resources both in Honors and within their colleges and departments Oversees and trains Honors staff, peer advisors, and undergraduate teaching fellows to ensure consistency in basic advising Coordinates Honors course scheduling in relation to student needs, working with USU Registrar’s office and faculty as appropriate Acts as a liaison with USU admissions to oversee recruiting of high-ability students and coordinates with Honors staff, as well as advisors and staff across USU departments and colleges, to share insights about honors student populations and trends, program requirements, and strategies for recruiting outstanding students to USU Establishes an Honors presence at on- and off-campus recruiting events and trains staff and student ambassadors in presentation techniques Works with other USU offices to develop and implement effective CIVITAS strategies for Honors and collaborates on program evaluation and assessment Coordinates orientation and Connections experiences for honors students Presents at advising conferences, peer advisor training sessions, and USU Connections classes and engages in ongoing professional training and development Other duties as assigned

Application Process

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Institution Information

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good. The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement ( USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at:

Contact Information

Dr. Kristine Miller,


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus two years of advising experience. Understanding of or ability to learn University IT systems, including Degreeworks, SSB, INB, and Paperport. Must be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, sensitivity, and discretion.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive advising experience and/or a Master’s degree in a related field Experience with advisor team-building, coordination, and leadership Experience with databases, data management, and assessment Experience working in higher education, preferably with high-ability students Advanced knowledge of USU’s Banner and Canvas systems