Academic Advisor- Fisher College of Science and Mathematics - (17000016)

Towson, MD
Jan 19, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Purpose
The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics (FCSM) at Towson University is currently accepting applications for a full-time Academic Advisor to provide effective academic advising to a variety of student populations including First Year Experience (FYE) students, transfer students, "at risk" students who are in academic difficulty and are experiencing challenges that impact degree advancement, as well as those who are undecided about undergraduate majors or graduate programs, and not accepted into screened programs. Additional responsibilities will include involvement in time-to-degree plans, information sharing related to university advising policies and procedures, coordinate advising activities, coordination with Student Success Colllaborative (SSC), and orientation meetings for entering students. This general advising position will work with faculty to encourage student success.

Provide support to academic programs upon request to offer individualized academic advising services to students needing additional support or direction, e.g., students on academic alert or academic probation, students not accepted into screened majors, double majors, students flagged as at-risk through SSC program indicators, students not currently enrolled in a given semester, provide a first stop for students who are not succeeding in their current major. Provide academic advising services to first year and second year students in one-to-one, small group and online formats. Provide academic advising support as needed to transfer students during the biannual transfer advising programs and throughout the year as indicated, in addition to gathering and disseminating advising-related information to students and faculty. Provide pre-advising to potential undergraduate and graduate students about program requirements, pre-requisite courses, screening procedures, time to degree, etc. Provide support and resource assistance to various advising functions in the college, e.g., compliance with degree completion plans and assistance with use of SSC, PeopleSoft and other software, training support for new advisors, update of web-based advising information. Provide assistance through collaboration with faculty advisors and other support units on campus, such as FCSM pre-professional advisors and the College of Health Professions advisors, as well as serve as a liaison between FCSM, the Academic Advising Center, and the Athletics advising program. Participate in professional development activities to strengthen knowledge and skills related to academic advising and effective coordination with FCSM departments. Provide advising pertaining to study abroad, internship opportunities, and host academic career-related seminars/workshops.

Bachelor's degree in Science or Mathematics and two years of experience in higher education. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Strong technology skills, e.g., use of Excel, comfort with learning new databases and programs. Demonstration of sound professional judgment, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, active and empathic listening, and active commitment to teamwork. Working knowledge of student services and programs in higher education. A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Minimum of two years experience with higher education in positions providing direct service and assistance to students. Work experience or background with health care professions or students. Evidence of experience with students demonstrating academic difficulties or who are at-risk for retention or timely graduation. Experience with social media and website development.

Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full university benefits that include excellent health, life insurance, and retirement plans; tuition remission; and 22 days of annual leave, 14 holidays, personal and sick days. To learn more about our benefits, please click here.

This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required

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