Specialist - Advisor-Continuing
Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

Job no: 772252
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Computational Math Sci And Engr Cns 40000838
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Student Services/Student Affairs, Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Specialist-Advisor position will advise undergraduate students in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE). This position will work collaboratively with the undergraduate program team to engage in proactive and holistic advising, offered through an equity lens, to support and empower students to reach their goals and to make a difference in the MSU community and the world at large.

As an advisor, this individual will:

  • Assist undergraduate students in course selection, while maintaining and monitoring student records towards degree completion.
  • Assist current students with identifying transfer credit equivalents as appropriate and help transfer students to develop academic plans based on incoming transfer credit.
  • Support students by providing academic success strategies; creating connections with campus resources, research, and internship opportunities; encouraging growth in career development, including preparation for graduate school.
  • Bridge connections between students and other members of CMSE (undergraduates, faculty, staff, specialists, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni) and the broader MSU community.
  • Represent the CMSE department while meeting with prospective students and parents; advising students during New Student Orientation programs; department-associated undergraduate clubs; undergraduate commencement; recruitment at College Colloquium, "Community, Curriculum, and Career" (C3) Expo, and other associated undergraduate events. (Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.)
  • Assist with tracking of on-campus and off-campus undergraduate research and internship opportunities.
  • Participate in undergraduate curriculum review and program updates as a member of the CMSE Undergraduate Studies Committee.
  • Approve and manage course overrides and academic program degree substitutions in collaboration with the undergraduate program director.
  • Engage with faculty and academic staff in the department, the College of Natural Science Dean's Office, the Honors College, and other units on campus.
  • Assist with development of advertising materials for Data Science and related degree programs.
  • Collaborate with advising colleagues through college-wide advisor meetings and professional development activities to promote professional growth and to support the student's academic success.
  • Work collaboratively through an equity lens to ensure all students and members of the CMSE undergraduate program feel supported and respected in their roles towards student success.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Curriculum Development, Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field

Minimum Requirements

Master's degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Curriculum Development, Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field. Successful applicants should have:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong work ethic, including professionalism and accountability.
  • A commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with fellow Academic Advisors and a diverse student population, faculty, other academic units, and potential employers.
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs (e.g., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams; Google Docs; Google Sheets, etc.)
  • Dynamic presentation skills and comfort working with students individually and in groups.
Desired Qualifications

Desired attributes:

  • Experience in advising and career planning, or similar professional experience.
  • Experience working with STEM majors.
  • Previous experience developing connections with and supporting a diverse group of students and colleagues.
  • Familiarity with University policies, procedures, and software systems (e.g., Campus Solutions). Experience with creating academic success-centered initiatives, including long term planning and implementation.
  • A background in Data Science or related STEM discipline.
Required Application Materials

(1) Resume/CV

(2) Cover Letter

(3) An Advising Philosophy Statement which includes discussion of your previous efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

(4) Names and contact information for three references.

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Apr 27, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 27, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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