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Graduate Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Computer Science


Colorado State University

Date Posted:

May 3 2021 11:56AM

Close Date:

May 23 2021

Position Description

The Computer Science Department at CSU seeks a Graduate Advisor (half-time) to oversee all aspects of the graduate students’ experience, from application to graduation. The Graduate Advisor advises and supports graduate student organizations, plays an important role in improving graduate student diversity and inclusion, works with CSU career services to help students with job and internship placement, and proactively reaches out and supports students experiencing difficulty. To see full position announcement and to apply, please visit:
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The graduate advisor oversees student success in the graduate program. The graduate advisor tracks student progress and alerts the graduate program committee, advisors and the department chair of students having academic difficulties. The graduate advisor notes exceptional students and helps the department’s efforts to ensure every master’s student graduates within two years and Ph.D. students within six years. The graduate advisor is expected to be cognizant of multiple deadlines for graduate student paperwork and ensure student paperwork is filed in a timely manner. The position also receives a relatively high volume of emails. The graduate advisor provides proactive outreach and support to graduate students experiencing difficulty. This effort may include, but is not limited to, physical or mental health challenges, interpersonal conflict, or personal difficulties. The graduate advisor will provide referrals to campus resources and report information as appropriate. The graduate advisor coordinates course registration of students and ensures that overrides are granted as necessary. The graduate advisor also helps, in a supporting role, the department’s efforts to create new graduate degree programs (e.g., a master’s in Cyber Security program is currently contemplated). The graduate advisor is the primary advisor to most graduate student organizations and coordinates with the department chair to find resources to support graduate organization activities. The graduate advisor has an important role in developing and executing department plans for improving the diversity of the departments graduate school population. The graduate advisor keeps the department appraised of best practices of peer CS graduate programs (i.e., programs at Carnegie R1 universities). The graduate advisor is also an ex-officio non-voting member of the GTA assignment committee that matches graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) to courses that they assist with, in conformance to multiple constraints: schedules, competence, faculty requests, and student progress.

Application Process

To see full position announcement and to apply, please visit:

Institution Information

The Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and seeks to make its educational offerings available to the widest possible range of students. The department has an equally strong commitment to research by its faculty and students. The undergraduate program has an enrollment of 890. The graduate program has 45 Ph.D, 90 on-campus masters, and 31 online masters students. A large proportion of our student population is international. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the university and department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information about the department, please visit https:/ The campus is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a city of 140,000 residents located 60 miles north of Denver along the beautiful front range of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins has become a thriving center for high-tech and in 2018 was rated one of Milken’s top five best performing cities. It also consistently ranks high in many quality of life polls (see, and the Rocky Mountains provide world-class outdoor recreational opportunities.

Additional Information

This half time (20 hours per week, salary range $25,000 – $29,000) graduate advisor oversees all aspects of the graduate students’ experience in the computer science department. From the time a student applies until the time the student receives their degree, the graduate advisor has a role in the student’s success. The computer science department is a highly collegial department and values inclusive decision processes. We seek a graduate advisor who is comfortable working collectively toward goals.

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Required Qualifications

A master’s degree by the start of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes. A master’s or Ph.D. in computer science, or STEM field; or a bachelor’s degree in computer science or STEM field along with a master’s or Ph.D. degree in any field. Experience with educational advising and/or counseling. Demonstrated commitment to and experience in supporting diverse student populations. Experience working with gathering, manipulating, and analyzing data and spreadsheets, and querying databases. Experience managing multiple deadlines.