Located in the College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Education (UGE), the President’s Emerging Scholars Program (CLA PES) is a four-year program that serves students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed academically at the University, but whose high school academic records suggest participation in the Program will ensure a smooth transition to college and their successful development as student scholars.
PES students in CLA are welcomed into a holistic program of advising devoted to enriching their first-year experience and ensuring academic success through a range of high-impact educational experiences, including a first year seminar, peer advising, and service learning. PES students receive intensive advising, student-to-student mentoring, and are connected to multiple engagement opportunities.
The mission of the CLA PES Program is to promote undergraduate student success by enhancing students’ connection to the university and the college, supporting and promoting their timely connection to a major department, and creating a bridge to the wider world beyond the university by means of career exploration and engagement learning opportunities. CLA Undergraduate education offers programs that meet students' formative needs, to support their search for fields of study appropriate to their vision and potential, and facilitate their academic progress.CLA Undergraduate Education has multiple academic advising offices, The CLA PES Program is one of these advising offices. In addition to offering computers, workshops, and specialized programming to foster a sense of belonging and community to enrich the student experience, CLA PES provides students with the tools to address academic and related issues through individual advising and a first year experience curriculum.
PES academic advisors participate in four major areas of responsibility: advising, teaching, program operation, and professional growth. Advisors provide students with a balance of support and challenge, engaging in a professional practice that is highly contextualized, nuanced, and responsive to the individual learner’s preparation, ability, and interests. Great emphasis is placed on the core values of the University of Minnesota's Central PES which are: authenticity; community; integrity; quality; self-determination; social justice; and student success. Additionally, strong emphasis is placed on multicultural, diversity, equity and inclusion competencies, in line with the broader university and college goals of diversity and inclusion.. Furthermore, advisors are responsive to collegiate and university goals in the areas of retention and timely student progress. Academic advisors are expected to perform a range of advising activities, provide significant contributions toward program development, and continue professional development in First-Generation, DEI and Social Justice. The academic advisor is expected to gain a thorough familiarity with the subject matter within the degree programs and with the liberal education requirements in order to advise students regarding curricular planning and academic progress.
Maintain a professional advising caseload of 230 CLA PES Scholars (with a mix of students in all four years of progress, and in a variety of majors/minors) (70%)
Utilizing the operative model positioned at theintersection of development and learning, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives in the professional literature (best practices higher education academic advising, identity and social learning development, self agency and social responsibility) toprovide appropriate challenge and support to each assigned student as needed to facilitate the student’s having a successful academic experience. This includes helping students get progressively more sophisticated in their decision making about current academic plans and eventual post-graduation plans, including careers. Help students assess program options in relation to their strengths, interests, and abilities.
Incorporate interpersonal, multicultural, and communication skills to build rapport with students to create a productive working relationship between the student and the advisor.
Demonstrate and advance the value of a liberal arts education. Articulate comprehensive knowledge about the curriculum, academic programs (majors, minors, and certificates), degree requirements, and engagement options (study abroad, service learning, internships, and research). Apply this knowledge and understanding to student interactions with the goal of furthering student success.
Encourage students’ utilization of the college’s and the university’s academic support and engagement resources to maximize their undergraduate experience.
Conduct timely outreach to students as needs arise, utilizing the college’s electronic alert system. Generate individual student outreach strategies to foster students’ degree progress.
Conduct analytic review of student records to certify students’ academic standing in relation to academic probation, suspension, and degree completion.
Uphold the integrity of academic and curricular policies established by the University and the College. To best uphold the integrity of the degree and serve the values these policies are meant to advance, exercise informed judgment to apply exceptions when warranted.
Be responsive to College and University goals in a dynamic environment, including outcomes related to retention, timely degree completion, support to students in academic difficulty, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and participation in key engagement opportunities.
Develop specialized programming focused on retention and holistic development throughout the academic year.
Teach assigned sections of introductory first-year experience courses specifically designed for PES students (CLA 1005 – Fall semester; CLA 2005 – Spring Semester).
Work with the Director and PES team to assess and make appropriate adjustments to the courses and work with instructors to ensure success of the course and PES Scholars.
Participation in Programs and Initiatives (10%)
Develop and conduct unit programs such as orientation, first-year experience, recruitment events, commencement, workshops, parent programming, and student employment.
Participate in unit, collegiate, and university events and initiatives, such as review of scholarship applications, prospective student programming, and career and internship events.
Identify and report on issues that may impede student progress, such as concerns about course availability or lack of appropriate academic programs to match student interests. Suggest recommendations for changes to academic programs, policies, and procedures that would enhance students’ progress and satisfaction.
Collect, summarize, and evaluate data related to trends and make recommendations for improved student service.
Service and Engagement in the field of Academic Advising (10%)
Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising and student support.
Engage in scholarly or creative activities in the professional relevant areas by one or more of the following: membership in professional associations; attendance at workshops, seminars and conferences; writing and publishing articles for internal e-newsletters and professional journals.
Participate in professional development events and activities in the unit, College, University, and/or broader community.
Service on unit, College, or University committees as requested
Appointment: 100%, 12-month Academic Professional, annual-renewable based on funding and performance. Starting salary based on experience with excellent benefits.
Completed Master’s degree or PhD
One year of academic advising and or teaching experience
Capacity to articulate the nature and advantages of a liberal arts education
Demonstrated commitment to equity, racial justice, equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice
Demonstrated background and experience working with BIPOC students, first-generation college students, and students from various diverse backgrounds with intersectional identities.
Excellent skills in communication (written and oral), multicultural awareness, mastering and disseminating complex information, computer literacy (including word processing, database usage, e-mail, web searching, and reporting), and time management.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Master’s degree in a liberal arts higher education, student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or other field related to advising.
Knowledge of leading theories of academic advising and student support.
Familiarity with liberal arts programs and university-wide student support services.
Additional relevant higher education advising experience or experience working with college students in other capacities.
Education program development experience.
Experience with web-based advising software or other technologies used to support student success.
Internal Number: 341321
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