Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Academic Advising and Planning Center


The College of Charleston

Date Posted:

Jan 21 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Academic Advisor supports undergraduate students with all aspects of academic planning by promoting and encouraging self- authorship and resource utilization in support of academic success, as well as timely and informed pursuit of an academic major. This is accomplished through an one on one student-centered, individualized, technology-enhanced advising appointments and the establishment of a relationship based on mutual trust with a diverse student population. Students meet with their academic advisor to explore their interests, discuss course options, consider majors, plan for the future, and address any academic concerns.


Provide quality, accurate individual academic advising to 300-350 first-year, transfer, and undecided students, including special populations (academically at-risk, provisional, academic warning or probation or conditionally readmitted, Summer First students and students with physical or learning disabilities), following a developmental philosophy of advising as defined by NACADA and CAS standards and maintain appropriate records. Work with students to develop an academic plan by exploring interests, discussing majors and course options, setting realistic goals and addressing academic concerns. Refer advisees to other campus resources as appropriate. Academic advising is defined as providing effective interpersonal guidance, information and assistance in identifying, developing, and implementing strategies supportive of individual academic and career goals. The ultimate goal of this approach is the development of the individual. Instruct students through individual, small group and workshop settings on technology-driven planning tools and resources, general education requirements, institutional policies and procedures, and the connection between majors, careers and transferrable skills. This results in students developing critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills that can be showcased in the classroom and beyond. Engage in the College community by developing and cultivating relationships with campus partners particularly in ways strategic to the Academic Advising and Planning Center’s focus on student success. Plan and implement co-curricular and collaborative programs as necessary to meet the mission of College of Charleston, including but not limited to New Student Orientation, Open House and Accepted Student Weekend. Actively seek and provide professional development opportunities by identifying and participating in occasions to maintain and improve expertise in advising, teaching and specialty areas. Actively participate and help execute advising assessment related initiatives.

Application Process

In addition to the College of Charleston online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and Philosophy of Advising Statement.

Institution Information

Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized, public, liberal arts and sciences university. Distinguished by a small-college feel combined with the advantages and diversity of an urban, mid-sized university, the College serves a student body from its geographical area and also attracts diverse students from national and international communities. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a superior-quality undergraduate and graduate experience that meets society’s growing educational demands.

Additional Information

If selected for an on-campus interview, travel expenses are not provided; however, overnight accommodations may be available if needed. Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements within the posted salary range.

Contact Information

Sherri Shannon (843) 953-1455


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of professional work experience with students in academic support services or related field in higher education. Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of student development at a liberal arts & sciences college. Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree and academic advising experience preferred. Familiarity of widely-used software is required; experience using Banner and DegreeWorks is preferred.