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Candidates must submit materials as a single attachment (in PDF format) and include the following: 

  • Cover letter that addresses specific interest in the Comprehensive Studies Program and this position, outlines skills and experience that directly relate to this position, and includes an advising philosophy statement 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae

Applications must be submitted through the U-M careers website.

Job Summary

Forged out of three decades of organized, direct action led by the Black Action Movement (BAM), the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is a learning community of 3,000 undergraduate students who are the leaders and best of their home and campus communities. Organized around principles of anti-racism, access, equity, and inclusion, the CSP community features faculty who prioritize teaching and learning, and academic advising and administrative staff who advocate for students as they explore and discover their personal, academic, and professional interests and strengths.  

A major objective of CSP is to foster a supportive learning community that empowers students to engage in active learning and leadership in and beyond the university. CSP’s courses, academic and co-curricular programming, and support services provide students with the opportunity to connect with resources that support their academic goals, professional aspirations, and personal well-being.

Advising is central to the mission of CSP. CSP advisors are charged with developing relationships with students that encourage consistent engagement throughout their time at the U-M. Our advisors utilize a holistic approach which requires an active and dynamic relationship between the student and advisor that goes beyond advising students on degree requirements and academic programs. CSP advisors pride themselves on getting to know each student as a whole, which fosters a relationship that can last long after graduation.

Learn more about CSP at www.lsa.umich.edu/csp.

Responsibilities*

The CSP academic advisor is responsible for advising students entering the university and is expected to maintain regular contact with their assigned students until graduation, providing accurate information about university procedures, policies, resources, programs, and curriculum. The advisor's duties include conducting in-person and virtual one-on-one appointments and group workshops, corresponding with students via email, tracking student academic progress, maintaining communication with CSP faculty, partnering with students as they invest in curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and connecting students with campus partners as appropriate. 

This position is primarily on-campus with possible allowances for occasional remote work after a probationary period, and reports directly to the CSP coordinator of advising and new student initiatives. 

Individual Student Advising:    50%

  • Orient CSP students to academic programs and university services
  • Advise and support an assigned caseload of a diverse group of undergraduate students
  • Maintain a systematic process for monitoring academic progress and providing individual feedback to students
  • Provide intensive advising during the Summer Bridge Scholars Program
  • Introduce career exploration opportunities and assist with graduate and professional school preparation
  • Respond to inquiries, requests or complaints from students, faculty, or staff and assist in their resolution
  • Prepare reports on work activities
  • Recommend services, programs, or activities that enhance student life within the university and local community for a diverse group of students
  • Advocate on behalf of CSP and CSP students within the university and local community.

Advising Team Responsibilities:    25%

  • Plan year-round activities for advising team (New Student Initiatives, Student Success Initiatives, or Summer Initiatives)
  • Participate in assessment and evaluation of team programs
  • Support the hiring, training and supervision of student staff
  • With team lead, prepare an annual report on advising team activities

Administration and Professional Development:    25%

  • Maintain regular contact with assigned students
  • Maintain liaison relationships with key stakeholders across the University and make appropriate referrals
  • Participate in assessment of advising services
  • Maintain accurate records of student contact and interactions, procedures, and decisions
  • Conduct outreach to prospective and current students
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends in higher education and student advising
  • Strengthen allyship and anti-racist practices
  • On-going training in effective advising practices

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university
  • Demonstrated experience advising or mentoring college students
  • Demonstrated commitment to access, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism, including experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities
  • Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team environment, including faculty and administrators across a wide variety of university offices and programs
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, members of students’ home communities, and university staff and faculty
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential materials and student information
  • Ability to occasionally work during early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in a liberal arts field, higher education, or area of study affording understanding of the undergraduate student experience
  • Academic advising and/or teaching experience in a university setting
  • Knowledge of the purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education

Salary is commensurate with direct advising experience and demonstrated past performance results.

Additional Information

CSP sits within the Undergraduate Education division of the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts (LSA) and serves students across multiple schools and colleges, including the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, School of Kinesiology, and the School of Nursing. Many CSP students are the first in their family to go to college, identify with populations historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education, or attended systemically under-resourced high schools, both urban and rural. CSP plays a high-profile role in the LSA and U-M commitment to access, diversity, and inclusion for all of its undergraduates from admission to graduation.

CSP provides its diverse community of students with a variety of courses, programs, and other enrichment opportunities, including: 

  • Credit-bearing and intensive introductory courses in select disciplines
  • Holistic general advising (academic, personal, and financial)
  • Pre-professional academic advising
  • Embedded counseling and psychological services
  • The Summer Bridge Scholars Program
  • Individual and group tutoring services
  • Academic success workshops
  • First-year interest groups
  • GRE, MCAT, and LSAT test preparation
  • Individual and student organization funding grants
  • Employment opportunities

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

 

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