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Position: Academic Advisor - English & Literature

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
35 2GF – Department not found Full-time A97646

Position Summary:

Under direction from the English/Literature Department, the Academic Adviser - English and Literature will: advise new, prospective, and transfer students in all aspects of academic programs including: developmental and career advising; helping students develop an educational plan toward graduation; explaining policies; working with students on academic standards issues etc. Emphasis is placed on managing an advising caseload toward greater retention.



Other duties include: making referrals, maintaining records, interpreting test scores, coordinating with faculty and staff, as well as representing the department on various projects, committees, and meetings as assigned.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Responds to informational requests from potential students, staff, high school counselors and others interested in UVU English & Literature degree programs or emphases and creates/updates informational materials.

  • Interprets and explains UVU policies and procedures to advisees.

  • Provides information, assistance and referrals to student support services to assist advisees in managing their college experience.

  • Maintains a case load of incoming and continuing undergraduate students.

  • Maintains student advising records using computer applications relevant for file maintenance and organization of case load.

  • Assists students in the development of meaningful educational plans and academic major and emphasis selection which are compatible with their life goals. Facilitates career exploration and planning activities with students.

  • Assists students with course planning to meet educational and career goals.

  • Provides accurate program information to continuing and prospective students in person, via telephone and email and on site at UVU.

  • Assists students with the enrollment and registration process.

  • Interprets test scores and assists student in appropriate course placement. Counsels students in academic difficulty, removes holds, etc. to facilitate their progress.

  • Reviews post-secondary institution unofficial transcripts and prior academic history.

  • Advocates and problem solves with faculty, administration and staff on student academic problems, issues and concerns.

  • Serves as a member of the Advisement Forum and attends and participates in meetings, activities, and events of the forum.

  • Represents the department on any relevant University committees, departmental committees, or professional associations/organizations as needed and/or assigned.

  • Consults with faculty and staff in order to provide accurate information concerning program changes, assessment guidelines, course and instructor information, transfer issues, scholarships and appropriate referrals.

  • Organizes, coordinates or assists in managing a number of undergraduate student programs or advisement-related events. Examples of such events include: Majors Fair; Parent Orientation; International Student and Parent Orientation; Career Fairs; undergraduate information sessions; regional, national, and international guidance counselor events.

  • Works with Advisor Training and Development staff to learn all aspects of UVU academic advising and achieve advisor certification. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • N/A 

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • May include evening, weekend, and off campus hours.


Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelors degree and two years experience related to the summary of duties, with displayed experience or emphasis within the appropriate department discipline.  

  • Knowledge of student development theory and its application to promote student retention and academic success in a college/university setting. 
  • Knowledge of student advising techniques pertaining to content, curriculum, curriculum development, course scheduling and graduation requirements specific to the academic major, department, discipline, or college. 
  • Knowledge of graduate schools, careers, or job markets and/or related research tools relative to the academic major, department, discipline, or college.
  • Skill in assisting students to develop effective academic plans in pursuit of career and life goals.
  • Skill in the use of media and technology, including but not limited to office software platforms and student data systems (i.e. BANNER) as applied to management of records, report preparation and related activities.
  • Ability to creatively and independently problem solve by prioritizing and multitasking under pressure.
  • Ability to serve individuals with diverse personalities through the use of effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a campus-wide community in a professional team environment.
  • Ability to interpret UVU's core values (serious, inclusive, engaged) as they apply to advising. 

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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