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Academic Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10



International and Area Studies


University of Utah

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Position Description
This position is part of a collaborative and globally-focused advising team, and works closely with faculty directors in the International and Area Studies (IAS) suite: Asian Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies. Advisors work as a team to provide robust support for a diverse population of pursuing degrees offered in the International and Area Studies programs. They support and promote student success by assisting in academic planning, tracking student progress, and explaining relevant university policies and procedures. Advisors may collaborate on programming, retention, outreach, and engagement activities. Advisors also collaborate with program directors on curricular changes. In all cases, the work of an academic advisor depends upon professional advising and guidance skills. IAS advisors are encouraged and expected to seek out and (with supervisory approval where appropriate) participate in opportunities to hone those skills. This position reports to the Director of International Studies and works in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.

1. Meets with undergraduate students to provide information and guidance on academic-related issues, such as graduation requirements and exceptions, major exploration, course planning and registration, and transfer credit evaluation and substitution.
2. Facilitates students’ academic progress by evaluating their needs, developing appropriate educational and career plans, directing them to appropriate campus resources, and encouraging international experience and involvement through study abroad, internships, language study, and campus and/or community engagement.
3. Develops and presents educational programming designed to supplement or enhance academic preparedness, increase awareness of globally-focused resources, and to foster interactions between alumni and current students. Programming may be in coordination with partner offices such as Learning Abroad, the Hinckley Institute, and the Career and Professional Development Center.
4. Collects information related to major and minor changes and updates materials accordingly.
5. Coordinates communication efforts through weekly program emails and/or other forms of communication.
6. Coordinates and/or participates in the advising-related portion of new and transfer student and parent orientations, in addition to outreach and promotion of International and Area Studies programs to current and prospective students.
7. Maintains students’ academic files that include a record of the advising activity that takes place during each visit.
8. Serves on College and University committees and makes recommendations that affect curriculum requirements, advising processes, program development, and published materials.
9. Assists with data compilation, statistical reports and correspondence, depending upon the area of assignment.
10. Participates in College of Humanities advising meetings, college-wide prospective student programming, and annual academic advising retreats.
11. Cross-trained in one other department/program within the College of Humanities and serves as a back-up advisor in the case of an extended absence or turnover in a position.
12. Engages in professional higher education organizations such as NACADA and NASPA to remain current on advising and student success best practices.
13. May plan and participate in continuing education for advising staff.
14. May supervise lower level advising staff and/or student employees and participate in hiring, training and evaluating those employees.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

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Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.Problem SolvingIncumbents are expected to possess extensive knowledge about academic programs, policies and procedures and student support services. The ability to be sensitive to the needs of diverse student populations, such as non-traditional and minority students and students with disabilities is a necessity. Incumbents must also be able to interpret student needs and determine when referral to other University resources is appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree with focus in international topics or education preferred
Previous experience in an advising, counseling, or teaching environment
Ability to articulate the value of globally-focused and/or humanities-based education
Experience working or studying abroad
Experience with foreign language(s)
Experience with interdisciplinary education or thinking
Foundation in pedagogical theory and/or advising best practices
Demonstrated ability to work in diverse group settings
Demonstrated ability to work independently