Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Not Region Specific


Office of Academic Advising


Duke Kunshan University

Date Posted:

Dec 15 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

Feb 15 2020

Position Description

Duke Kunshan University (DKU), located in Kunshan, China is embarking on the next phase of their ambitious plan to provide a student-center Liberal Arts research education experience. In preparation, DKU is looking for candidates with experience in several areas critical to the mission of the university. Duke Kunshan University is a 21st century university with a highly integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Advising, the Academic Advisor delivers curricular and general advising services to new and continuing undergraduate students. Additionally, the Academic Advisor support Faculty Advising, provides support to new and established programs, faculty-to-student engagement, and services within the Office of Undergraduate Advising and student support services in a liberal arts university setting.


Supports academic advising by providing quality student-centered advising programs, advisor development, and administrative services to new and continuing students inclusive, but not limited to:
Academic Advising
 Provide academic advising and retention support to undergraduates from diverse Chinese and international background.
 Advise and coordinate academic initiatives (e.g., Fellowships, academic coaching, pre-professional advising programs, peer mentor program).
 Develop advising support and curricular knowledge related to one of the three academic division (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences) as assigned by the Assoc. Dean.
 Utilize and develop knowledge of advising databases, student information system (SIS), and related technology to provide quality academic advising and student support services.
 Provide support to students whom desire or need enhancement of their academic learning and/or strategy (i.e. Early Alerts, Coaching, Student Success).
 Review advising reports, university policies, and procedures to make students are making progress to degree completion.
 Review, plan, and develop advising experiences and activities that foster student engagement, growth, and learning with regards to academic life.
 Support and provide coordination to key advising experiences based on 4-year student experience (e.g., major exploration/declaration, post-undergraduate activities, Signature Works, Experiential Learning, Study Abroad).
 Coordinate and facilitate advising/student success seminars, online resources, and workshops to current and prospective students.
 Collaborate with institutional partners (e.g., Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, Career Services, Study Abroad, Chancellor’s Office, Academic Divisions) in supporting academic, professional, and personal goals of students.
 Demonstrate knowledge of University operations and ability to multi-task, show initiative, creativity, and teamwork.
 Assist in development of advisor resources (e.g., Training, Website, Handbooks, Forums) and make recommendations on academic policies and procedures.
 Work in collaboration and support of the Sr. Coordinator for Academic Advising as directed and needed.
 Participate and assist in coordinating advising operations (e.g., New Student Orientation, Major Declaration, Major Fairs, Convocation, Campus Days, Open Houses, Student Recognition, Family Weekend, Academic Planning). Assessment, Professional Development and Other Duties
 Assist with development of unit/institutional reports related to advising.
 Participate and provide leadership to campus advising professional development, technology training, and serve on university committees and/or taskforces as assigned by the Associate Dean.
 Stay current on academic advising trends/best practices (e.g., NACADA, Council of Academic Standards, Education Ministry/Department, NASPA).
 Assist the Associate Dean for Academic Advising and co-workers with other duties and special assignment.
 University employees' job responsibilities will continue to expand in scope and depth as the University grows in size and complexity in its programs.

Secondary Duties:
Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academic Advising, provide leadership and supervision to assigned undergraduates and contract staff (e.g., undergraduate student staff, interns, student assistants, and peer mentors). Further, Academic Advisors will support programming related to Advising and Academic Resource Center and other student support services. Additionally, some nights and weekend will be required.

Application Process

Please be advised the salary is commensurate with experience. Application Process: submit cover letter and CV to
Please note: DKU will ONLY accept applications received through Applications sent by other means will NOT be considered.

Institution Information

Duke Kunshan University is a Sino-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University to create a world-class liberal arts and research university offering a range of academic programs for students from China and throughout the world. A non-profit, joint-venture institution, Duke Kunshan University was granted accreditation approval by China’s Ministry of Education in September 2013 and welcomed its inaugural class of graduate students and undergraduate exchange students in August 2014. In August 2018, Duke Kunshan University fully launched its four-year undergraduate degree program. The inaugural Class of 2022 consists of students from 27 countries, most of whom come from China and the United States. With the goal of spearheading the future of higher education, Duke Kunshan University is influenced and informed by both Chinese and American traditions of higher education. The shared vision of Duke University and Wuhan University is that Duke Kunshan will help address the changing needs of global higher education. Their rich heritage inspires Duke Kunshan University to pursue academic excellence and integrity and to apply classroom knowledge in service to society. Duke Kunshan University delivers academic programs designed to address society’s future needs through a curriculum based in the liberal arts tradition and a commitment to problem-based learning that challenges students to apply their knowledge during the learning process.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Zijin Wei


Required Qualifications

Bachelor Required/Master's Degree Preferred (1-3 years’ experience preferred).
 Experience in College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities, Teaching, Counseling, Health & Wellness, Higher Education, Training, Career Development, Student Affairs, Study Abroad fields are accepted.
 Experience working with undergraduate college students.
 Commitment to continual process and operational improvement.
 Strong organizational, problem solving, and administrative skills.
 Recognize and respect diversity.
 Possess interpersonal, written, and group presentation skills.
 Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with co-workers and to work as part of the a team.
 Ability to manage large amounts of information and detail-oriented.
 Strong computer skills (e.g., web browsing, student software, college databases) and computer applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
 Working knowledge of university culture and operations.  Comfort using social media (e.g., WeChat).

Preferred Qualifications