The ECE Advising Center serves undergraduate and graduate students within the department's academic programs, students in transition, and to prospective high school and transfer students in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. The Academic Advisor will serve as a member of the ECE Advising team that serves both undergraduate and graduate programs within the department. The primary purpose of the Advisor will be to advise seniors in the electrical and computer engineering programs and coordinate advising functions for all graduate students in ECE. The ECE Advising Center uses a developmental model approach so that students develop the knowledge and skills and personal accountability needed to explore their academic and co-curricular options, evaluate and track their own progress toward graduation, access support and enrichment services, and understand and follow university policies and timelines. Advising services encompass a range of interactions with students ranging from individual and small group meetings to email and social media, among others. The Center also provides orientation to new students, support to first-generation college students and transfer students, intervention programs for at-risk students, and graduate students. ECE advisors have the ability to work autonomously in a complex, team-oriented academic office with significant student traffic, have a commitment to student success and the ability to listen and analyze academic needs, will collaborate with faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to provide additional information/services/programming to majors and graduate programs. The ECE advisor will also provide assistance on graduate student support, including financial awards, scholarships, and tuition support, generate reports on academic progression, registration support, graduation-oriented advising, and develop a thorough working knowledge of campus support services and referral processes.
The academic advisor is primarily an implementer of a developmental advising model that involves a tailored series of interactions and communications using advising tools and systems designed to address the specific needs of the students served by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advising Center. This tailored, developmental approach acknowledges that individual student profiles and those of student cohorts may differ not only at the onset of the student academic experience, but throughout their academic career. The advisor must have the experience, education, and background necessary to serve the educational function of an advisor, however he or she is doing so in a context developed by the Center and in collaboration with more experienced colleagues and the Director. Specific functional areas include:
Academic advising of senior undergraduate students.
Primary point of contact and advisor for graduate students, including degree requirements, plans of study, qualifying examinations, graduate forms, registration support.
Targeted advising for student success.
Communication with prospective graduate students, recruitment, and outreach, including promoting interest in ECE's Early Entry graduate programs.
Graduate student financial support processing and tuition awards (GASP).
Graduate program assessment data collection and SACS accreditation support.
Commitment to student success and the ability to listen and analyze academic needs.
Reporting on academic progression and graduation-oriented advising.
Collaboration with faculty in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department to provide additional information/services/programming to majors.
Thorough working knowledge of campus support services and referral processes.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Education: A master's degree in academic advising, student services, higher education, engineering, or a related field is required.
Experience: Two years of related experience involving student academic advising in a higher education setting.
The candidate must also be attentive to detail, possess strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize while multi-tasking and manage tasks in an efficient and timely manner. Excellent communication and interpersonal problem-solving skills are a must. Ability to interact effectively with advisees, staff, and faculty required. A viable candidate must comprehend and abide by federal and university student confidentiality requirements. Proficient use of computers (Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Google Drive) is necessary.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
A working knowledge of BANNER, Connect, and DegreeWorks or other academic advising systems is a plus.
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