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WCE Student Engagement Specialist and Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Watson College of Education



Date Posted:

Nov 9 2021 3:39PM

Close Date:

Nov 28 2021

Position Description

The Watson College of Education (WCE) Student Engagement Specialist (SES) and Advisor role implements high-impact practices to launch students toward a trajectory of achievement. The SES serves education students, including transfers, pre-majors, majors, and licensure students enrolled at UNCW. In serving education students, WCE Academic Advisors must maintain a commitment to providing each education student the resources and support to assist them in achieving WCE admission, UNCW retention, and graduation in a timely manner. The SES will advance and coordinate equity and inclusion initiatives to increase students’ cultural capital as well as serve as the primary liaison for all student engagement initiatives within the WCE including the events calendar, volunteer opportunities, Watson Student Leaders, the Education Learning Community, working with Kappa Delta Pi, the Student Council of Exceptional Children, and the Students of North Carolina Association of Educators.


The academic advising office within the Watson College of Education (WCE) serves students in matters related to degree (and/or licensure) requirements and progress toward completion. The advising office’s mission is to empower students to become reflective leaders who positively impact schools and society through a constructivist, strengths-based approach. The advising office implements high-impact practices and focuses on students’ success. Advisors support students with advising, admission to the Watson College, student records, graduation clearance, course registration, scholarships, and student leadership opportunities. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, accurate information to help students achieve their educational goals. The academic advising office also links each student’s strengths, capabilities, and intentions with their ability to ask critical questions and make informed decisions.

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Institution Information

The Watson College of Education (WCE) ( is a rapidly growing college with over 65 tenure-track faculty members working in undergraduate and master’s programs in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education and the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, and master’s and doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. It offers several international study programs, a newly developed laboratory school, and maintains partnerships with numerous school districts, community colleges, and colleges/universities in the region.

Additional Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives. A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering. The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Required Qualifications

- Master’s degree in a related field is required plus:
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently with minimal guidance
- Ability to integrate interpersonal and organizational skills in the diverse and fast-paced environment
- Ability to work occasional evening and weekend work, due to student events

Preferred Qualifications

- Academic advising or related knowledge/experience with college students is highly preferred
- Experience in higher education and working with diverse students.