Academic Advisor

01 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

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, SAA 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 among 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 Newnan Center general academic advisor’s major responsibility is to motivate and inspire LSA students to explore and synthesize the richness of the liberal arts experience, both inside and outside the classroom. The general advisor advises a cohort of assigned advisees developed from among entering first-year and transfer students and provides academic advising to students anywhere along their journey from orientation to graduation. The general advisor is expected to provide accurate information about College procedures, policies, resources, programs, and curriculum.

The advisor’s particular duties include:

  • Conducting one-on-one appointments and exchanging e-mail with students
  • Maintaining a calendar of available appointment times for assigned and other students seeking academic advising
  • Monitoring progress toward graduation
  • Challenging students to invest fully in curricular and co-curricular opportunities
  • Contacting and referring students experiencing academic or personal difficulty to the appropriate resource
  • Serving as a liaison to one or more University of Michigan academic departments, schools, colleges, or administrative units

The Newnan Center general academic advisor will join a large team of outstanding individuals with diverse professional and personal backgrounds who form a high-functioning community of practice. New advisors will participate in an extensive advisor training program and regular professional development activities to promote continuous learning and skill-building.

Through these and other efforts, SAA cultivates a culture that is welcoming, supportive, and responsive to the identities of our diverse staff and our students.

Required Qualifications*

  • 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 abilities
  • Ability to maintain integrity of confidential materials and student information

Desired Qualifications* 

  • Advanced degree in a liberal arts field, higher education, or area of study affording understanding of undergraduate student issues
  • Knowledge of the purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education
  • Familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting

Additional Information 

Salary is commensurate with direct advising experience.

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

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

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.