Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Academic Advisor

Harrisonburg, VA
Mar 05, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) at James Madison University is the content major for all students seeking licensure in elementary education, middle school education, inclusive early childhood education, and special education. The academic advisor provides academic advising to IdLS majors and new transfer students declaring an IdLS major. This is a full-time position with the Office of University Advising. The position is assigned to IdLS and the individual works under the guidance of the IdLS director and the director of University Advising.


The role may include, but is not limited to, the following key areas of responsibility:

  1. Advises IdLS majors utilizing group and individual advising best practices
  2. Serves as a freshman advisor for new students who have declared the IDLS major and participates in summer orientation academic advising sessions
  3. Meets with students who wish to declare the major, discusses major requirements and answers student questions about IdLS
  4. Participates in the admissions process for prospective IdLS students as needed
  5. Prepares and updates print and web-based materials to assist prospective students and to support IdLS faculty in their advising
  6. Assists IdLS director with other academic program tasks and services
  7. Represents IdLS at recruitment events and responds to inquiries into the programs offered by the department
  8. Serves as an advising resource to other faculty advisors in the department

The IdLS advisor helps students formulate academic plans based upon their interests and goals and advises them on the General Education curriculum, study abroad options, and degree requirements. The advisor helps students understand course requirements within the context of the major; is accessible to students and responds to their requests for assistance in a timely manner via email and individual appointments; and maximizes availability to meet with students during fall, spring, and summer pre-registration periods.


The successful candidate will demonstrates genuine caring and concern for every student, and communicates with advisees on a regular basis throughout the year. Effectively communicates information about important events, registration dates and deadlines, course offerings, and other departmental advising information. During the summer, the academic advisor participates in summer orientation programs to advise new transfer students; assists them with course registration; and participates in training sessions for transfer advisors. The advisor also assists with summer orientation presentations to parents and first-year students.


The advisor will maintain and update the departmental website and produce print and web-based information for student recruitment. The IdLS advisor also provides assistance to the department in assisting with curricular decisions for transfer and study-abroad courses.


Other duties include providing service to the university community by serving on committees and/or participating in departmental service projects, participating in departmental meetings, and serving as a member of the University Advising network.


The opportunity to teach courses in one of the four concentration areas in the program; social sciences, math, humanities, and science is available to candidates with interest and appropriate qualifications. The academic advisor position is a 12-month, administrative and professional faculty position.


A master's degree is required. Experience in academic advising or equivalent experience is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be student-oriented; have a working knowledge of, and commitment to, academic advising best practice in higher education; and the ability to interpret and explain complex academic requirements. Candidates must have strong organizational skills; the ability to multi-task and work with integrated student information systems; excellent communication skills (both oral and written) and exceptional interpersonal skills.


To apply visit or go to and reference posting F1105. Applicants will complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and a one page document describing your academic advising philosophy, as other document #1. Salary is commensurate with experience.


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