This position reports to the Director of Undergraduate Advising and is accountable for providing academic advising services for undergraduate students.
Remaining consistent with Bryant University’s mission statement that, “The Bryant experience promotes academic excellence and cultivates the leadership skill, qualities of character, and diverse perspectives required to succeed…”, academic advising provides students with an opportunity to build a relationship with their advisor for the purpose of planning their educational career; learning how to access campus resources and services available to them; and, empowering them to “claim their education”.
Working within the philosophy of advising as teaching, professional academic advisors will:
- Experience working with International student populations including ESL and AEL populations.
- Partner with the First-Year Gateway Program to assist with student learning and transition.
- Support students in their pursuit of academic excellence, by developing an educational plan consistent with their life goals and objectives.
- Advise students on course selection and degree completion, in compliance with the Academic Standards of Progress.
- Provide students with strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus.
- Help students navigate university policies and procedures to ensure a broad understanding of academic expectations.
- Assist with academic planning for co-curricular opportunities such as internship and study abroad experiences.
- Work with students in determining their academic and career path through the MyPath@Bryant program.
Academic Advisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Academic Advising: Facilitate understanding and purpose of higher education for advisees; assist students with academic goal setting; teach students how to monitor their progress; help students develop decision making skills; make student referrals to campus resources as necessary; advise on course selection and long-term academic planning; work with students who have academic difficulties and helping them to access appropriate resources on campus; maintain close working relationships with faculty and with colleagues within the Amica Center for Career Education, Counseling Services, the Academic Center for Excellence and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to discuss issues related to the academic success of students.
International Student and Program Management: Assist with managing the International Business student population, curriculum, and program. Serve as a primary communicator between the International Business population and faculty as well as attend weekly International Business committee meetings.
Study Abroad Advising: Advise students who are interested in the opportunity to study abroad; assist students with course planning and curriculum integration for a semester or more abroad; and advise on transferability of credits for courses taken within a selected customized study abroad programs.
Strategic Planning and Faculty Engagement: Experience with various advising models to meet the needs of diverse student populations. Must have the ability to interface and coordinate with faculty around student development and student needs.
Registration and Records: Assist in scheduling, preparing and presenting programs for registration and orientation for all incoming students as well as pre-registration for all continuing students; maintaining appropriate student records within the University’s database; assist in the review of final grades, and analyzing the academic parameters achieved to determine honors, probation, or dismissal status; and certifying graduates.
Transfer Credits: Assist in the approval of applications for transfer credit, including evaluating transcripts of transfer students for acceptability of courses and credits from other institutions.
This position is best filled by an individual with a Master’s degree in a related field, and demonstrated knowledge of academic advising. Ability to utilize computerized registration and degree audit applications is required; SCT Banner, Advisor/Tutor Trac experience is desirable. Advising experience with the following student populations preferred: international students, student-athletes, learning disabled students or students in academic difficulty. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are required to effectively advise students, and interact with faculty and staff. Experience interpreting and administering academic policies is preferred.
Regular attendance at assigned job site and the ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and constituents are essential functions of this position.
About Bryant University
For 155 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative, uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 53 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron's. Abundant co-curricular opportunities, service learning programs, internships, and practicums allow students to put theory into practice while building character and leadership skills. Athletics and recreation play an integral role in the health and well-being of Bryant students, whether competing on one of Bryant's 22 NCAA D1 varsity teams, taking part in a club or intramural sport, or just enjoying the Bulldog school spirit. Bryant is dedicated to the success of our faculty and staff, and the school provides excellent benefits, training, and support so that individual talents may flourish for the be...nefit of its students. Bryant's academic and technological excellence and innovation foster the development of individuals so each can reach his or her personal best in life and their profession. The University is located approximately 15 minutes from Providence and one hour from Boston.