Job Positions

Advisor I (Multiple Positions) - 19000002CI

Categories: Mid South Region 3


College of Arts & Sciences


University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Date Posted:

Jan 9 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

March 9 2020

Position Description

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is looking for vibrant, dynamic individuals interested in working in a team environment dedicated to student success. The mission of Arts and Sciences Advising Services is to guide our diverse undergraduate population in developing and implementing sound educational plans that are consistent with their values and their academic and career goals. Our purpose is to encourage students to become self-directed learners and decision-makers. Finally, our efforts support the University of Tennessee’s broader mission, specifically by encouraging student persistence towards graduation. This is an exempt, 12-month, full time, non-tenure track staff position that provides an exciting opportunity to be a part of UT’s Advising 2020 strategic plan that integrates academic and career advising with self-exploration, leadership, and experience learning. The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 27,000 students, the campus is located within the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university guided by its VolVision 2020 strategic plan, it is committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values seeking knowledge, leading with innovation and integrity, advancing diversity and inclusion, engaging locally and globally and embracing the responsible stewardship of resources. A critical component of the VolVision 2020 strategic plan is the transformation of academic advising to a model that focuses on providing undergraduates with consistent and holistic advising throughout their undergraduate experience and on integrating career and academic advising with experience learning. This University-wide commitment to advising has resulted in the addition of a number of academic advisor positions at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’ The Position: The Academic Advisor serves as a member of the Advising Services staff and exists to provide comprehensive academic advising to undergraduate students and to promote advising as an essential tool for academic success and a critical component of the educational experience. The primary responsibility of this position is to advise students in the College of Arts and Sciences; which could include all students in a specific major.


The Academic Advisor will support students as they transition at various points throughout their academic careers at UT which include:
• Self- exploration that focuses on strengths, interests, and values,
• Major and career exploration,
• Identification of co-curricular, career and experience learning, and leadership opportunities to support both academic and professional development, and
• Selection of major and development of an academic plan that aligns with strengths, aspirations, and abilities.

The Academic Advisor will:
• Foster students' intellectual and personal development toward academic success
• Interpret and advise students on policies and procedures of the University and College of Arts and Sciences
• Teach students the purpose of General Education, the academic opportunities across colleges, and the Arts and Sciences curriculum
• Conduct pre-health, pre-law, academic probation, and pre-teaching academic advising appointments
• Represent the College of Arts and Sciences at university-wide events
• Provide all services related to new student and transfer orientation advising sessions

Application Process

A review of all applications will begin on January 20, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is by May 11, 2020. For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the name, address, email, and phone number of three professional references. Apply online here -

Institution Information

Additional Information

EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Contact Information

Shanna Pendergrast,


Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in higher education, college student development, or liberal arts field required (those completing their master’s degree in the Spring 2020 Term are also eligible to apply).
• Demonstrated knowledge of academic advising and student learning / development theories applied to practice.
• Experience working with students in a college or university setting.
• Experience working with a diverse student population.
• Excellent oral communication and writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Liberal arts educational background
• Experience working in a team-oriented environment
• Experience advising special populations
• Experience conducting freshmen and/or transfer orientations.
• Administrative and organizational skills with the ability to handle simultaneous projects.
• Ability to utilize technology that supports both students and professional practice (MS Word, Excel, Student Information Systems, Degree Audits, Internet/On-line Resources and Support.