Academic Advisor, Assistant Professor

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

Position Title: Academic Advisor, Assistant Professor  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

43060 - Academic Advising

Advertised Salary: $48,000 - $53,000. Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. 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: This position, located on the Big Rapids campus, will serve as the primary contact for all prospective and enrolled students in the College of Health Professions online undergraduate programs. Assisting students with program requirements, program planning, processing course substitutions, and maintaining accurate student records are the primary responsibilities of this position. Attending recruiting events and scheduling/attending other student informational sessions to answer program questions and increase student enrollments will also be required, primarily within Michigan. Ability to work evenings and /or some weekends to meet the needs of students.  
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 with a student support assignment.  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Sitting
  • Repetitive movement
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.
Demonstrate understanding of academic program planning and application of advising theory with related experience.
Maintain individual student records as appropriate, updating and evaluating as new information is received.
Consistently review student records to verify that progress is being made toward degree completion and provides outreach and support to students on probationary status.
Provide timely answers to student inquiries and assist students in the selection of appropriate courses and concentrations in terms of students' stated preferences.
Regularly assist students in identifying curricular and scheduling issues that may affect their time to degree.
Prepare accurate summaries and reports as requested.
Maintain confidentiality of information and performs duties in compliance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures related to primary and college/department specific responsibilities.
Provide dependable year-round specialized academic advising for specified students.
When applicable, demonstrate satisfactory instruction to students in assigned courses.
Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Supports, promotes & develops University student enrollment & retention initiatives.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Participate in scholarly and professional development activities related to student advising, retention, and student success.
Active membership in professional organizations.
Communicate 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.
Participate in University, College, and/or departmental committees.
Actively participate in registration activities (e.g. summer orientation, pre-registration, late registration, etc.)
Prepare communication in support of advising activities and initiatives.
Provide 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 in the 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.
Ability to recognize and refer students to appropriate University and community resources.
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:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Master’s degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

The anticipated start date of this position is August 2024. However, this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Initial Application Review Date:
July 15, 2024  
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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