The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is one of the largest academic units on the UW Seattle campus, employing over 1400 tenure-track and research faculty, in 43 departments and centers, and generating an average $120 million dollars in sponsored research each year. CAS is comprised of 4 major divisions – Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science – whose cutting-edge research spans from malaria treatment to solar energy to human rights. CAS is home to diverse music, art, drama, dance, digital arts academic units and degrees, and runs one performance hall (Meany) and two major museums (Henry Art and Burke). CAS academic programs support more than 22,000 undergraduates and 2600 graduate students. The College occupies over 1 million square feet of space spread across campus and off-campus facilities in more than 50 buildings.
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Integrated Social Sciences is an online, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree completion program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. ISS uses innovative approaches to undergraduate education and provides unprecedented access, flexibility, and affordability to both new transfer students and returning UW students. Working in partnership with UW Continuum College, ISS offers courses across the full range of social science disciplines. In addition to mastering social science content, ISS majors are expected to develop a learning portfolio which culminates in a capstone project. Emphasis is placed on reflection and integration, making meaningful connections between individual courses, and between formal academic and experiential learning. Program goals are to help students become broadly trained social scientists, intentional learners, analytical thinkers, globally aware citizens, technologically literate individuals, and workplace-ready job candidates.
The Integrated Social Sciences: Advising has an outstanding opportunity for a Academic Counselor to join their team.
This individual will work with members of the advising team, including a Director of Academic Services (DAS), an Assistant Director of Academic Services (ADAS), and an Academic Counselor to further develop and manage a student services program meeting the highest standards of support for students in an online learning environment. ISS employs a “high touch” advising model designed to optimize student persistence and retention. The position entails contact with prospective students, enrolled students, ISS core faculty, faculty from a large number of academic units in the social sciences, and staff members inside and outside the College of Arts and Sciences. The academic counselor reports to the Director of Academic Services. In the DAS’s absence, supervision will be provided by the Assistant Director.
This is an ongoing 12-month, full-time position. ISS advisers operate in a highly flexible, hybrid work environment. Some weekend and/or evening hours may be required in order to meet needs of students who work or live in different time zones.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Effectively use a variety of online technologies to deliver high quality academic guidance and other student services to an unusually diverse student population living locally, across the nation, and abroad. ISS advisers may be expected to use some of the following: Canvas LMS, Google Tools, Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Advisers also interact with students using more conventional tools, such as phone and email. Local students may also meet in person with advisers.
Counsel prospective students on preparation for entering the major, admissions eligibility, and application processes. Interpret admissions policies. Maintain communication with applicants through the admission cycle. Work with the DAS and ADAS to review applications and make admission decisions. Participate in all enrollment activities, including online group advising, welcome sessions, and creation of materials for Canvas-based orientation. Assist new students with registration.
Counsel enrolled ISS majors, taking responsibility for a case load of students. Interpret major, college, and university policies, procedures, and requirements. Evaluate transfer credits to determine applicability to general education and major requirements. Review and approve degree completion plans, monitor satisfactory progress, practice effective intervention methods, prepare graduation petitions when needed, prepare graduation applications, and engage in other degree completion processes. The adviser must be knowledgeable about campus resources available to online students and refer students where appropriate (e.g., career services, financial aid, disabled student services, health and personal counseling services, etc.).
The adviser should be able to assist all students in identifying barriers to success and specific strategies to overcome those barriers. This position requires knowledge of and sensitivity to individuals 17-80 years of age from diverse cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds, and an awareness of the issues faced by first-generation college students.
Assist students in matching academic planning with further academic and career plans.
ISS advisers will have a collaborative relationship with lecturers responsible for teaching the core curriculum (ISS 301, 302, 350, 355, 401). Advisers work with the core faculty to build a strong sense of community and share information that will contribute to student success. A significant amount of collaborative work will center on the learning-portfolio that students develop throughout their time in the program. Instructional support activities will include:
Work with students to create well-articulated Learning Plans within the context of the learning e-portfolio, and to achieve program goals of reflection, intentionality, and integration.
Utilize Canvas to monitor student progress in individual courses, contacting faculty as necessary to create a shared plan for supporting students who are not making satisfactory progress.
Communicate with faculty regarding student complaints and/or grade disputes, referring cases as necessary to ISS program leadership.
Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with key units, particularly UW Continuum College.
Work collaboratively with C2s Enrollment Services staff to serve prospective students.
Coordinate with the Office of Admissions in admitting “program-specific” students to the University directly via the Integrated Social Sciences major.
Work with registration staff to enroll students in ISS courses.
Coordinate with the Registrar’s office and the Reinstatement Committee in helping former UW students with re-entry.
Interact with credentials evaluators in Graduations and Academic Records in review of graduation applications.
Leadership and Special Projects
Seek out opportunities for professional development as time permits.
Participation on College-level committees and task forces is encouraged.
Assume responsibility for special tasks and projects as assigned by the DAS or ADAS.
Bachelor's degree in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or related field
One year of experience in academic advising, student services, or college teaching
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills.
Excellent problem-solving skills.
Strong detail orientation and ability to adeptly manage multiple priorities and timelines.
Demonstrated ability to work well with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
Moderate to advanced knowledge of educational technologies.
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