Utah State University

Academic Advisor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(7/14/2022 1:14 PM)
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Caine College of the Arts
Dean-Caine College of the Arts
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


The academic advisor for the Caine College of the Arts coordinates, implements, and provides strategic oversight for all activities related to advising and the student advising experience for the Caine College of the Arts. The advisor will implement all advising initiatives from central administration and coordinate advising activities with the dean’s office, the departments, and all related offices at the university, with the ultimate goal of fostering student success, retention, and growth.


The Academic Advisor will have the following responsibilities:

  1. Provides timely advising services in person, by phone, virtually, or by email to a broad range of students.
  2. Provides accurate information related to curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and departmental policies and procedures.
  3. Creates a semester-by-semester graduation plan in DegreeWorks and monitors students’ progress toward their declared major and graduation completion.
  4. Provides information and strategies to utilize available campus resources and services.
  5. Maintains student confidentiality.
  6. Assists students in making responsible and informed decisions impacting academic progress.
  7. Encourages and guides students as they define and develop realistic goals.
  8. Becomes familiar with students and is aware of their individual academic or educational needs, and how these needs affect the students' educational and career goals.
  9. Assists students in understand the purpose of higher education and the impact on life goals.
  10. Discusses the benefits of building a learning community, network, and support system among peers, professors, and mentors.
  11. Makes appropriate referrals to other University and non-university resources.
  12. Maintains accurate records and documentation of advising interactions.
  13. Promotes environments that provide meaningful opportunities for student learning, development, and engagement.
  14. Understands appropriate technologies, integrates them into programs and services and consistently uses such tools to be proactive in monitoring student progress and serving the student.
  15. Guides students to understand the expected achievement standards and likelihood of success in certain areas of study. Also, provides students with information about alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences of academic decisions.
  16. As needed, participates in department, college, and university recruiting and outreach activities.
  17. Engages in regular professional development to enhance advising knowledge and skill.
  18. Prepares students’ graduation contracts and processes advisor approval for graduation.
  19. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university is required.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Broad knowledge of USU’s academic programs, general education requirements, graduation requirements, and student services.
  • Positive experience advising students at a university or in student services.
  • Appreciation and interest in the arts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and communicate institutional policies, procedures, and language to the general population.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of a specialized population.
  • Ability to research, implement, and share advising-related best practices for the College, University, and advising community on student development topics.
  • Ability to motivate students in 1:1 or group advising settings.
  • Ability to use professional judgment in ambiguous situations.
  • Verbal and written communication skills and effective public speaking skills, including the ability to communicate with individuals as well as groups.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands and changing needs with verification of working collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Ability to learn and stay current of complex program requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work with diverse student backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop and deliver programs.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in a variety of current and emerging technology platforms.
  • Understanding of developmental and educational processes. 

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume / CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.
  2. Name and contact information (including email and phone number) of three professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile.
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.

**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 Caine College of the Arts comprises around 70 full-time faculty plus adjuncts, 25 graduate students, and 800 undergraduates. The college offers MFAs with 12 emphasis areas and BFAs with 34 different areas. The Caine College of the Arts provides a collaborative culture where a unified "community of the arts" can thrive. This collaboration supports discovery, teaching, and learning opportunities, connections across artistic disciplines, and expanded outreach partnerships and possibilities. Collaboration and outreach position Utah State University as a national model for the "new land-grant university" where personal, professional, academic, and community enrichment through the arts is a major institutional goal. The Caine College of the Arts brings together students and faculty for artistic study and a liberal arts education at a research university.

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, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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 08/2022


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