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Academic Advising

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Career Ladder

Undergraduate Academic Advisors in the University Advising Center have a dedicated career ladder to formally recognize additional duties performed by advisors. 

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Tier II 

  • Serve as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor I for at least 24 months 
  • Demonstrate commitment, collaboration, and contributions to the First-Year Advising Program, the University Advising Center, and their assigned college/school
  • Submit an internal application to the UAC Tier Review Committee (which includes the college supervisor) after serving in position for 24 months
  • Participate in a 60-minute conference with the UAC Tier Review Committee
  • Achieve Level I and Level II Certification in the USC Advisor Training Program.
  • Advise a minimum of 300 students for assigned majors.
  • List additional duties and responsibilities assumed as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor I. This can include advising upper class students, taking on expanded college duties, advising transfer students, or cross training to advise in multiple majors and disciplines.
  • Conduct academic interventions and communications with assigned advisees when appropriate.
  • Shadow two other academic advisors (minimum of 5 total hours with one advisor outside of your immediate college/school).
UAC Undergraduate Academic Advisors who meet the requirements above should complete the online application.  Apply for Tier II Advancement.

Sample Tier II Additional Duties

UAAs who have successfully advanced through the career ladder have taken on a variety of job duties. See a sample of these duties below. 

  • Assist with Athletic Certifications and serve as liaison between athletic department and assigned college to ensure quality advising for student athletes.
  • Serve as the primary advisor for a specialized population of students (Ex. Athletes, Opportunity Scholars Program participants)
  • Implement career conversations into advising appointments based on national best practices and strategies.
  • Develop and implement specialized advising strategies for transfer students. 
  • Serve as the departmental contact for all Meet My Major events, assisting with logistics and coordination of event on the day of. Work with departmental faculty and staff to create a faculty/student mentor network that matches students to appropriate faculty mentor based on student career interests.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Tier III

  • Serve as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor  for at least 50 months
  • Demonstrate commitment, collaboration, and contributions to the University Advising Center and/or their assigned college/school
  • Submit an internal application to the UAC Tier Review Committee (which includes the college supervisor) after serving in position for 50 months
  • Participate in a 60-minute conference with the UAC Tier Review Committee
  • Achieve Level III Certification in the USC Advisor Training Program
  • Advise a minimum of 600 students for assigned majors
  • Lead a college initiative or program (examples include, but are not limited to, assessment; student workshops; internships; mentorship; training; technology; etc.)
  •  Expansion of advisement to include co-curricular and career conversations
  • Faculty Engagement

 UAC Undergraduate Academic Advisors who meet the requirements above should complete the online application.  Apply for Tier III Advancement.

 


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