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NOTE:  A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume in a single document to be uploaded in the online application.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, your advising philosophy and practice, and the skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

LSA Student Academic Affairs (SAA) serves students, the College, the University, and the larger society by contributing to the intellectual and personal growth of students in the liberal arts tradition. Overall, Student Academic Affairs is responsible for helping LSA undergraduates achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and science education afforded by the College. To accomplish this responsibility, LSA SAA is organized in the following units: Office of the Assistant Dean, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center (Newnan), Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities (Academic Standards Board), Advising Information and Communications, and the Testing Accommodation Center (TAC).

The Standards Board academic advisor will join a large team of outstanding individuals with diverse professional and personal backgrounds in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center who form a high-functioning community of practice. Our Professional Development Committee and Committee for Intercultural Development (CID) build upon our extensive on-boarding training program to promote continuous learning and skill-building amongst our staff. Through these and other efforts, our office cultivates a culture that is welcoming, supportive, and responsive to our staff and students.

Responsibilities*

The Academic Standards Board is responsible for interpreting the college policies and rules established by the Faculty Code as they relate to student academic affairs: developing procedures for their application; and communicating these matters to faculty, staff, and students in the College and other units of the University. 

The Standards Board academic advisor counsels students regarding probation, suspension, and exceptions to College policies and requirements.  Coordinates with parents, health care providers, and other units on campus to help students get back on track after academic difficulties.  Advises faculty on the interpretation and application of student academic policies and procedures.  Counsels undergraduates in LSA on general academic advising issues.

While the Standard Board advisor’s primary focus will be helping students succeed by carrying out the activities above, this person will also develop relationships with an assigned group of general advisees: advise students from Orientation through graduation; maintain contact with advisees and provide continuity throughout their time at UM; plan appropriate outreach to students in academic difficulty. Help students assess their interests and options; provide accurate information about policies and procedures, keep accurate records, and serve as an informed resource for referrals.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a liberal arts field; demonstrated advising/mentoring skills; knowledge of purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education; collaborative work style and team-building skills; ability to work with diverse constituencies; ability to lead groups; ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation; ability to deliver timely, accurate and precise information in a multi-task environment; excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality; familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree or doctoral degree, preferably in a liberal arts field, counseling discipline, or in higher education; extensive experience in advising, teaching, or mentoring college students. Familiarity with UM and LSA academic policies and procedures.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.