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Responsibilities: The Academic Advisor is responsible for advising and teaching the first-year seminar to students in the General Studies Program, a highly supportive academic program serving 75-90 selected first-year students annually. The Academic Advisor teaches three sections of the 1-credit General Studies first-year seminar, Strategic Thinking and Learning, in both the fall semester and the spring semester. The Academic Advisor guides students as they complete the requirements of the GSP and transition into a college or the Explore Program for undeclared students, ideally at the end of their first year. The Academic Advisor plays a key role in supporting the University's mission of providing opportunities for students with potential to be successfully enrolled and retained at Northeastern University.
Under the supervision of the General Studies Director, the Academic Advisor advises the students in their first-year seminars, as well as any students continuing in the program for a third, and very occasionally, a fourth semester. Academic advising is based on a developmental and holistic approach, focusing on the whole student. Additionally, Academic Advisors work with students to develop their ability to self-advocate and problem-solve. Academic Advisors also serve as persistence specialists for those students who struggle academically by providing additional time and individualized attention. Academic Advisors participate in planning and executing a variety of GSP programming, e.g., coordinating peer mentoring, or developing curriculum and activities for the Strategic Thinking and Learning seminar.
Problems and Unique Challenges: The GSP Academic Advisor position requires both strong teaching and advising skills. The GSP is a unique program that requires working with students from extremely diverse backgrounds. The population includes large numbers of student-athletes and first-generation students. Because the GSP students have a wide range of learning styles, abilities, and expectations, Academic Advisors must be flexible, nimble, and patient. While the Academic Advisor is the primary advisor to the GSP students, significant numbers of students work with an additional partner, including the Learning Disability Resource Center, Student Athlete Support Services, or the Opportunity Scholarship Programs Office. Academic Advisors need to be in close communication with these additional partners and be aware of policies that may impact students. The Academic Advisor also needs to draw on resources across the entire University, from college advisors, to athletics, to Advancement, to Peer Tutoring, and other offices, in order to provide the best quality advising and guidance to the students. GSP students may matriculate to any one of the seven NU colleges, so Academic Advisors need to stay up to date on curriculum and entry requirements across the University.
The Advisor in the General Studies Program is the GSP students' first and primary contact for academic guidance, support, and instruction. The Advisor teaches the mandatory GSP critical thinking seminar, Strategic Thinking and Learning (STL). STL is the foundation course for the GSP and provides the skills students need for successful academic progression at NU. The course helps establish the Advisor (teacher)-student relationship in the classroom which then flows into the Advisor-student relationship outside the classroom.
Qualifications: Minimum of Master's Degree in composition/rhetoric, education, college student development, higher education administration or other relevant field. Minimum of three years teaching and advising experience with university students (preferably first-year). Experience in teaching critical thinking and learning strategies and demonstrated ability to engage and connect with students with a wide range of learning styles and educational backgrounds required. Candidate should have a passion for guiding students in their academic and personal development, and a willingness to provide wrap around support for students. Excellent record keeping and strong ability to follow through on tasks essential. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well as part of a team is critical.
Salary Grade: 10
Additional Information: Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.