The primary responsibility of the Academic Advisor in the Exploratory Center is to meet with assigned students in person or remotely, provide each student with accurate information about the student’s intended degree program, make recommendations about course selection for upcoming semesters, generate advising forms detailing these recommendations, and maintain notes about these meetings. Advisors assist students with referrals to other units at UGA, including tutoring, services, and other forms of academic assistance. Advisors at this level are expected to have full knowledge of resources that support students in areas other than their academic life and to refer students to appropriate individuals and offices as needed. Because this individual will interact directly with Exploratory Center employees, advisees, and other stakeholders, in general, they must demonstrate an appreciation for and a commitment to accommodating diverse backgrounds and experiences in the course of their daily work. They must demonstrate a commitment to cultural competence and ongoing professional development in this area. This position will advise some students in need of support to meet the University’s retention standards. Coordination with the Division of Academic Enhancement, as well as the Terry College Undergraduate Program Office, will be a position responsibility since students seeking to return to good academic standing must satisfy university criteria administered by those units. An Advisor will maintain consistent contact with their students, maintain accurate student records and respond in a timely manner to questions from their students. Regular attendance at weekly staff meetings is mandatory and workshop attendance is also an expected part of the position. Advisors should be available to work throughout June, July and early August orientation sessions for incoming first year and transfer students.
Advising Students -65%
Meet with students in person or remotely to recommend courses for the next semester, prepare advising forms, answer student questions, maintain communication with students via email and drop-in sessions, maintain thorough advising notes about appointments and other contact with students, direct students to appropriate resources, and maintain contact with others involved in students’ success. Provide specialized advising support to students who are on academic probation, or entering or returning from academic dismissal from the University. This involves extensive prep time and proficiency with various campus systems, software, and resources, as well as professional knowledge of academic retention strategies.
Record Keeping -15%
Answer student and staff emails. Create and maintain accurate records of student appointments, referrals, academic progress, and goals. Establish systems for organizing and managing retention program information.
Program Development and Maintenance -10%
Design and implement research-based programming to assist students in need of support to meet the University’s retention standards. Partner with campus units, such as the Terry College Undergraduate Program Office and the Division of Academic Enhancement, as needed. Communicate with and support advisors who provide retention advising services in the EC.
Professional Development - 5%
Attend classes or training related to academic advising for Intended Business, or related subjects. This can include, but is not limited to, the Certificate in Academic Advising, This can include, but is not limited to, the Certificate in Academic Advising, the Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion, and other campus training to maintain and enhance cultural competence. Professional development will be essential to this cross-trained specialization. Regularly attend staff meetings for updates, any scheduled committee meetings, and others as needed.
Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by October 8, 2021. However, screening will continue until the position is filled. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications of the position and current resume. All applicants must apply online at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/hr/postings/222811.
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
University of Georgia, Exploratory Center website https://explore.uga.edu
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