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Academic Advisor - College of Letters & Sciences - 20084


The College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an Academic Advisor.


This is a twelve-month position that reports to the Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Sciences. This position provides direct advising to students and strategically supports faculty advisors in fully online programs, the social sciences and humanities, and other high-demand or high-need areas. This position will assist with recruitment and orientation events as well as retention and student success initiatives.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Two years of experience in an education setting
  • Excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive practices to ensure student success
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience as an academic advisor in a higher education setting
  • Experience working with online students and/or students in the humanities or social sciences
  • Experience working with at-risk students
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and professionalism in communicating with faculty, staff, students, families/guests, and the general public
  • Career development facilitator training and/or Global Career Development Facilitator certification; knowledge of career development theory and practices
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of best practices to promote student academic success and career exploration
  • Ability to learn, understand, and explain complex processes and requirements
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in the following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds

75% Academic Advising and Student Success
  • Provide advising support to students across the College of Letters & Sciences with a primary focus on students in the humanities and social sciences
  • Collaborate with faculty advisors across the college to provide advising to students with College of Letters & Sciences majors
  • Communicate with prospective students to offer advice and information on requirements and opportunities at UW-Whitewater
  • Support students in the process of preparing for and applying to professional schools and provide guidance as they face the realities of competitive professional program admission processes
  • Utilize Navigate and other campus technologies to maintain records and collaborate with other campus units to support student success
  • Advise new students at Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) events
  • Collaborate with campus partners to ensure holistic student advising and support
  • Assist in supporting students in fully online degree programs
  • Assist in supporting at-risk students
  • Assist in supporting transfer students
25% Administrative Duties
  • Participate in Preview Days, Admitted Student Days, and recruitment events
  • Coordinate College re-enrollment efforts
  • Collaborate with the First Year Experience Office to maintain online orientation modules
  • Co-coordinate College of Letters & Sciences Jumpstart programming
  • Assist in maintaining and updating four-year plans, College of Letters & Sciences advising website, program lists, and College of Letters & Sciences Advising Office publications in collaboration with others in the College of Letters & Sciences Advising Office
  • Other duties as assigned


Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater's main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater's campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family - led by caring faculty and staff - is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater's intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting salary commensurate with the candidate's education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefits package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer, therefore STEM extensions are not options for work authorization.


Applications received by September 29th, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Peggy Strong




Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
This Job ID is 20084.

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