Utah State University

Academic Advisor - Sociology and Anthropology Dept.

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(3/26/2022 3:17 PM)
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Student Programs & Services
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
CHaSS Advising
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Academic Advisor will advise for the Sociology and Anthropology Department programs within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The position will help build a total CHaSS experience, including the development of a culture of empowering student success, engagement through inside and outside-the-classroom opportunities, and the transition to meaningful careers. The selected candidate will likely work closely with individual academic departments and their programs.


  • Assist students with creating and managing a program of study that maximizes their 1) potential for success while in school, 2) graduation in a timely manner, and 3) opportunities to reach academic and career goals after graduation.
  • Provide student with correct up-to-date academic information about university graduation requirements.
  • Track students' academic progress and inform them of their status in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the assigned departments to recruit and retain high quality students.
  • Participate in assessment activities.
  • Develop expertise in academic advising tools such as: DegreeWorks, Banner, Aggie Handshake, etc.
  • Assist students in the exploration of their educational goals, including possible areas of study, class selection, connecting students to curricular and extracurricular opportunities, and exploring career and graduate school opportunities.
  • Help students to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in areas of study as well as providing them information about alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences of academic decisions.
  • Maintain familiarity with available campus resources and effectively connect students to campus resources when appropriate.
  • Recommend students for a variety of awards and scholarships.
  • Maintain and update student files to effectively track student progress.
  • Assist in other areas as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Understanding of, or ability to learn, University IT systems including, DegreeWorks, Banner, Aggie Handshake, and other academic and office productivity software.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Educational background in the humanities, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Understanding of developmental academic advising processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to be sensitive to and understand the needs of a diverse student population.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to obtain knowledge of student development and the ability to serve and assist the students in developing effective academic plans and career and life goals in order to promote student retention and academic success.
  • Ability to creatively and independently problem solve by prioritizing and multitasking.
  • Ability to serve individuals with diverse personalities through the use of effective interpersonal and communications skills using various communication media including telephone, facsimile, and email.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a commitment to creating a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to always maintain professionalism even in high stress situations.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work on one's own with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality, sensitivity and discretion and abide by all FERPA laws.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume (to be uploaded to the candidate profile)
  2. Cover Letter (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the applicantion)
  3. Academic Advising Philosophy (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the applicantion under "Other Documents")

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has played an instrumental role teaching independent thinking and discovery at Utah State University since 1888. Students in our college confront the great questions and controversies that exist. They learn about the forces that have shaped our world and develop skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow (chass.usu.edu). 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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