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Professional Academic Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


South Dakota State University

Date Posted:

Jul 9 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

July 29, 2020

Position Description

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as Professional Academic Advisor. We are looking for a dynamic, self-guided individual to serve as a professional advisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology and Rural Studies. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. The advisor will reside within these departments while initially reporting directly to the associate dean of the college. The departments will transition into a multidisciplinary school approximately July 2021 and the advisor will then report to the director of the school. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The advisor will assist the department and the college in recruiting and advising students, career preparation, and other projects and tasks that enhance the undergraduate experience, including student organizations, competitions, scholarships, workshops, and seminars with industry leaders. Advising platforms include online and face-to-face. Recruitment of students includes representing the departments at various recruitment events such as Jackrabbit Receptions, Major Fairs, Junior Day, Senior Day, Yellow and Blue Days and other outreach activities. The advisor may also teach a first-year seminar in future academic years.

Application Process

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check. South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by July 29, 2020

Institution Information

Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement. The Departments of Psychology and Sociology and Rural Studies have formed a division that offers undergraduate majors in Psychology and Sociology. Collectively, these programs enroll approximately 480 students. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at SDSU with approximately 2200 students and 150 faculty. For more information about the college and its departments and programs, please go to

Additional Information


Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Mary Emery at 605-688-4889 or


Required Qualifications

• Candidate must have a Master’s degree in a discipline represented by the departments or in education, counseling, or a related field by start of appointment.
• Minimum of one-year experience related to student advising or in a related position.
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills;

Preferred Qualifications

• At least three years of experience in student advising, working with student electronic files and advising databases.
• Experience working with distance education and adult learners.
• Experience related to career and professional development in the social and behavioral sciences.