Michigan State University Honors College invites applications for the position of Academic Specialist - Advisor. The position joins a team of advisors who advise and support a diverse population of high achieving undergraduate students in all disciplines.
Intensive student academic advising to track progress toward University degree requirements using online records systems.
Must be comfortable interacting with these online systems, or learn them quickly, and share responsibility for recording individualized student programs for our approximately 4000 students.
Consultation with faculty honors advisors and instructors in all departments;
advising at Academic Orientation Program;
interaction with academically-talented undergraduates in all disciplines;
coordination of selected opportunities for honors students, such as seminars, international experiences, scholarships;
intentional advising and provision of wrap-around support services for specific populations of Honors College students (e.g. international students, under-represented minorities, and/or first generations students, etc.).
Develop, implement and provide support for diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming within the college (e.g. International Scholars Advisory Board, Mosaic, etc.); leadership or coordination of other programs as assigned; some advising and recruiting activities involving evenings and weekends.
Additionally, the position requires teaching. Potential offerings include seminars for first year students, student leadership courses and/or related content.
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, disability or protected veteran status.
Bachelors degree required; masters preferred (with masters needed within one year of starting position)
Preferred experience advising high-ability college students coupled with ability to liaise with advisors and instructors is preferred.
Experience providing support services and coordinating co-curricular opportunities for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal/written presentation and computer skills;
and database management and interactive web applications.
MA/MS degree strongly preferred, with the degree needed within one year of starting position.
Familiarity with MSU programs, curriculum, student academic policies, and procedures (including MSU’s Student Information System), or ability to learn them quickly is a plus.
Required Application Materials
Resume or CV,
Cover letter expressing interest in the position,
and contact information for three (3) professional references. Include name, position, phone, email and U.S. mailing address.
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The Honors College at Michigan State University – one of the country’s most distinctive and extensive honors programs – serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence. The Honors College strives to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for its members and to create an environment that fosters active and innovative learning. The Honors College emphasizes personalized academic program planning rather than a tightly prescribed set of courses. Honors College members enjoy the connectedness of a small-college atmosphere on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities.
The Honors College takes an active approach to ensure that the College closely mirrors Michigan State University's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The phrase inclusive excellence is a great way to describe the value we hold true: we are a better and stronger Honors College the more diverse we are in experience and composition. A philosophy of inclusive excellence means that we think about issues of inclusion in everything that we do; that we are necessarily and intentionally thinking about how our actions with regard to academic policy and programs, student services and admissions are inclusive. Whatever stake or role you have in the Honors College, I invite you to join us in our commitment to and role-modeling of inclusive excellence.
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