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Graduate Advisor


LAS Access and Achievement Program (AAP)


Graduate Assistantship



Description, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) announces the search for a 50% FTE graduate advisor (GA) for the Undeclared component of the Access and Achievement Program (AAP).  The Undeclared component of AAP provides academic advising and monitors the academic progress for approximately 200 select undeclared students.  LAS-AAP is a student-centered program within LAS student academic affairs.  It is designed to support underrepresented students’ academic success through systematic monitoring of academic performance, intensive personal counseling and referral to campus resources. LAS-AAP serves LAS students admitted through the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and the President’s Award Program (PAP).Reporting directly to the graduate advisor coordinator, the graduate advisor will assist with activities relating to: (1) administrative support for the program primarily through assisting students in understanding and negotiating the academic rules and regulations that govern academic eligibility, progress, and successful degree declaration and completion (2) provide timely and accurate information about policies and procedures relevant to registration, course enrollment, academic status, and general degree requirements (3) keep detailed and thorough notes (4) meet with students to identify academic strengths and challenges, to assess qualifications for entry into specific courses or majors, to gauge adjustment to academic and social life on campus, and to provide advice regarding viable alternatives that may lead to enhanced student success and (5) assist with coordination of academic advising activities and registration for students in and staff with the Undeclared component.In short, in order to successfully perform these duties, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to: (1) schedule and maintain weekly conferences with assigned students, (2) maintain accurate records on students (bi-weekly, weekly, mid-semester reports), (3) attend LAS-AAP staff meetings, (4) organize and implement outreach activities (e.g., working with the students in small groups in the residence halls or libraries, etc.), (5) follow-up on instructors' reports and referrals from instructors, (6) GA file management (7) participation in GA and senior associate director meetings, (8) assist students in selecting a major, (9) adherence to Program and College policies and (10) special assignments as assigned.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSCandidate must be a graduate student in good standing in a graduate program at UIUC, have commitment to working with students from culturally diverse backgrounds, have demonstrated experience/ability in several of the following areas: advising and counseling students--including non-traditional students, students in intercollegiate athletics, and/or TRIO programs (Upward Bound Talent Search, Student Support Services); program/workshop development and implementation; strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work on a self-directed basis, as well as, collaboratively. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge of UIUC curriculum, policies, support services, and campus; proficiency in the use of Banner student systems, Degree Audit Report System, Course Applicability System and Excel; familiarity with the UIUC campus, LAS college, and the Access and Achievement Program.


APPOINTMENT TERMSLength: Semester appointment (renewable for subsequent semesters upon mutual interest)Tentative Starting Date:                January 16, 2018Stipend:                                        At least $1817.87 – 50% employee 

Application Procedure

APPLICATION DATE AND PROCEDURESInterviews may be conducted prior to closure of the search; however, no decision will be made until after the deadline.  Those completed applications received by Thursday, December 7, 2017 are assured consideration. The complete application should include a letter of interest, a current resume and two (2) letters of recommendation.  E-mail submissions are preferred.  Applications and related materials, including an email address, should be sent before 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Application Deadline

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Contact Info

Contact Name

Carla Buchanan

Contact Email

Contact Phone


Contact Address

Access and Achievement Program College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 702 South Wright Street, Room 2002 Lincoln Hall Urbana, IL 61801 MC-446

Start Date

Tuesday, January 16, 2018