How to Apply
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.
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, Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities, Advising Information and Communications, and the Testing Accommodation Center (TAC).
The LSA academic advisor in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center plays a pivotal role in the lives of LSA students. With the unique opportunity to sustain an advising relationship with students from orientation through graduation, the LSA advisor motivates and inspires LSA students to explore and synthesize the richness of the liberal arts experience, both inside and outside the classroom. The LSA academic advisor is responsible for advising entering students at Summer Orientation, maintaining regular contact with assigned students until graduation, providing accurate information about College procedures, policies, resources, programs, and curriculum, and serving as informed resource for students. The advisor’s particular duties include conducting one-on-one appointments and exchanging e-mail with students, monitoring their progress, challenging them to invest fully in curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and contacting and referring students experiencing academic or personal difficulty to the appropriate resource. The LSA academic advisor also can develop and present educational workshops and programs and may have the opportunity to co-advise with colleagues in the Career Center, LSA Opportunity Hub, or other units on campus.
The LSA academic advisor serves as a liaison to one or more University of Michigan academic departments, schools, colleges or administrative units and is expected to catalyze discussion and promote cooperation to ensure that student interests are served throughout the University. The LSA advisor also serves the Newnan Advising Center through membership on one or more standing committees.
The LSA 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 new advisor 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 the identities of our diverse staff and our students.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university
- Demonstrated experience advising, teaching, or mentoring college students
- Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities
- Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team environment
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff, and faculty
- Self-driven; Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong written and oral communication styles
- Ability to maintain integrity of confidential materials and student information
- Master’s or doctorate degree
- Degree in a liberal arts field or in higher education
- Knowledge of purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education
- Familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting.
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
The University of Michigan and LSA are committed to the ongoing development of a workplace culture supportive of personal and family life, which includes resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility.
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.
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.
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.