Academic Advisor 1

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Academic Advisor 1  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

34700 - School of Digital Media

Advertised Salary: $48,000 - $53,000 with comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.).  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Ferris Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: The Academic Advisor role within the School of Digital Media (SDM) is at the center of the School’s efforts to advise, enroll, retain and recruit students. The SDM Academic Advisor advises all students enrolled in the Digital Media A.S. degree program – many of whom qualify for the TIP program. Graduate audits for students, maintaining program plans in MyDegree, contacting and meeting with students who are struggling at the mid-term point of each semester, coordinating communication efforts with all new incoming students, and assigning them to faculty advisors as appropriate, are a few more of the many responsibilities that this role has. The position also serves to manage student workers who cover the Media Supply check-out facility for 40 hours per week. Scheduling and training students, covering as needed, and ensuring the facility is opened and closed daily.

Other duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with summer orientation and registration, responding to inquiries regarding programs, maintaining timely communication with students, teaching a freshman seminar course (or another course as appropriate) up to three credit hours per semester/six credit hours per academic year.
The anticipated start date for this position is February of 2023. However, this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.  
Required Work Experience: One year of relevant experience, preferably in a higher education setting.  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered:    
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: - Provide academic advising which includes assisting students in the development of academic plans and course schedules, advising on academic program changes and meeting with prospective students and their families.
- Demonstrates an understanding of academic program planning and application of advising theory with related experience.
- Maintains individual student records as appropriate, updating and evaluating as new information is received.
- Consistently reviews students' records to verify that progress is being made toward degree completion and provides outreach and support to students on probationary status.
- Provides timely answers to student inquires and assists students in the selection of appropriate courses and concentrations in terms of students' stated preferences.
- Regularly assists students in identifying curricular and scheduling issues that may affect their time to degree.
- Prepares accurate summaries and reports, as requested.
- Maintains confidentiality of information and performs duties in compliance with applicable laws, policies and procedures related to primary and college/department specific responsibilities.
- Provides dependable year-round specialized academic advising for specified students.
- When applicable, demonstrates satisfactory instruction to students in assigned courses.
- Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
- Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.

Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: - Participates in scholarly and professional development activities related to student advising, retention, and student success.
- Active membership in professional organizations.
- Communicates effectively with faculty, department chairs/heads, lead advisors, program coordinators, department leadership, and dean's office personnel to ensure that accurate data and information is provided to students.
- Participates in University, College, and/or departmental committees.
- Actively participates in registration activities (e.g. summer orientation, pre-registration, late registration, etc.)
- Prepares communication in support of advising activities and initiatives.
- Provides information and referrals regarding University policies, additional resources, programs, and services that will support student success.
- Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension and/or expulsion.
- Knowledge of student persistence and completion issues.
- Additional hours on evenings or weekends may be required as necessary to meet the needs of students and the university.
Skills and Abilities: - Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Create and update student records.
- Gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
- Maintain calendars and scheduled appointments.
- Use independent judgement and to manage confidential information.
- Work independently to meet deadlines and timelines.
- Analyze and solve problems related to professional responsibilities.
- Review and understand course prerequisites, program course requirements and graduation requirements.
- Review student transcripts and/or records for advising purposes.
- Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:    
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript (if applicable).
Initial Application Review Date:
January 13, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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