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.
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.
The Academic Advisor position responsibilities are grounded in best practices as outlined in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Academic Advisor Career Path. A person holding this position will be expected to create professional development plans with their supervisor that will include advancement on the Career Path.Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree
• 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.
• Master’s degree in higher education, college student development, or related liberal arts field.
• 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.