Job Positions

Academic Advisor/req2230

Categories: Southeast Region 4


University Advisement Center


The University of Southern Mississippi

Date Posted:

Sep 27 2021 10:59AM

Close Date:

Oct 1 2021

Position Description

The Academic Advisor works as part of a network of advisors on campus, inside and outside the University Advisement Center, who cultivate student success by 1) assisting students in their transition to the University, 2) facilitating students’ efforts to plan their path to degree, 3) promoting engagement in an appropriate major for their interests and strengths, and 4) connecting students with key campus resources. This position supports a caseload of first-year and incoming transfer undergraduates in a specific set of majors for whom they serve as a primary advisor, including Health Sciences and Exploratory Studies. In addition to working with students in their caseload, advisors will also respond to walk-in student needs collaboratively with other advisors in the University Advisement Center. The position of advisor is a full-time (40 hour/week) position and limited evenings and weekend hours are expected. Advisors also do some advising online as part of the University Advisement Center’s routine operations.


Work collaboratively and effectively with other advisors, staff, and faculty across the University, utilizing evidence-based best practices for advising to increase student and advisor success; Attend workshops, presenting at office meetings, and/or holding membership in strategic professional organizations (e.g., NACADA). Meet and collaboratively engage with students to advise them in matters pertaining to academic curricula, requirements and majors, facilitating academic progression toward degree completion; proactively reach out to students at regular intervals to ensure they are meeting expectations; refer students to resources on campus and specific staff and faculty as appropriate and be proactive to ensure student issues are addressed efficiently and effectively; respond to student questions, including walk-ins, emails, phone, and videoconferencing, with a helpful attitude, correct information, and timeliness; take an active role to resolve student problems. Act as a liaison between students and faculty/staff in units across campus to facilitate communication and address issues as they arise, including communicating with faculty in the programs covered by the advisor’s caseload of majors; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including email and advisement notes. Provide unbiased guidance to undeclared students and those considering changing majors; work in partnership with Career Services to assist students in making informed choices about both courses of study and future goals. Engage in continuous professional development and training to improve advising skills, including recognizing and supporting the needs of diverse student populations. Perform other duties as assigned.

Application Process

The University of Southern Mississippi seeks five new advisors to hire for the centralized University Advisement Center at the Hattiesburg campus.

Please upload: Current Resume
Cover letter highlighting your interest and fit for this position
Names & contact information for three references who can speak to your potential as an advisor
All application materials must be submitted in the online system; emailed materials are not considered. Application reviews will not begin until the posting closes. If you have any questions, feel free to email Thank you for your interest in serving as an academic advisor at Southern Miss!

Institution Information

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Christy Oberst
All applications must be submitted through online portal.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Prior experience with advisement, student coaching, or other student academic support work, especially with diverse student populations. Educational background in a field related to higher education, student services, or counseling. Educational background and/or work experience with one or more of the disciplinary areas that the advisors will serve (e.g., Communications; Criminal justice and Forensics; Exploratory Studies (undeclared); Health Sciences, including pre-nursing; Music)