Academic Advisor
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info


Salary Range:

Mid 40's

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University's entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world - and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About Department:

The mission of the University Advising Center (UAC) is to partner with pre-major students as they take ownership of their academic experiences at SMU and develop independent informed decision-making skills.

Most entering SMU students are assigned an advisor in the UAC. However, for students in the University Honors Program, and students majoring in the engineering and the fine arts (music, art, theatre, and dance), the UAC will provide specialized academic advising due mainly to the specific and rigorous academic demands of those programs. The UAC also provides students interested in the pre-health and prelaw programs with specialized pre-professional advising, which supplements the one-on-one relationship each student develops with his or her assigned advisor.

About the Position:

This position will serve as an academic advisor to the University pre-major (undeclared) students.

Essential Functions:

  • Advise students on academic and related matters. Guide students in selection of courses, assist students in major exploration and selection, monitor progress of advisees towards the fulfillment of academic goals and requirements, maintain knowledge of academic programs, regulations and procedures, counsel students on academic probation.
  • Serve on UAC committees and working groups.
  • Position requires some evening and weekend work during summer orientation.


Education and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree and three years' of work experience in an academic setting or related experience is required.


A Master's degree and one year of work experience in an academic setting or related experience is required.

Some experience in academic advising, teaching, higher education, and/or counseling is highly desirable.

Work experience in a four-year traditional higher education environment is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to build relationships with a diverse population of students, parents, staff and faculty. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. A strong customer service orientation is essential.

Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks. Must also demonstrate strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify, analyze problems and devise solutions. The ability to work independently and collaboratively with others is essential.

Candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Outlook Word and Excel). A strong focus on attention to detail is required.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods
Deadline to Apply:

October 17, 2022

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by October 3, 2022.

Cover letter and resume are required.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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