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Specialist - Advisor-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Social Science Dean 10038766
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Student Services/Student Affairs, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Academic Support Coordinator

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The College of Social Science is seeking applicants for an annual year fixed-term Academic Specialist - Advisor. This position is initially for one year, renewable annually based on performance and funding.

This position will serve as the Academic Support Coordinator which plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation and effectiveness of academic support services within the College of Social Science. Responsibilities encompass various aspects including program development, administration, coordination, and facilitation of academic support initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operational tasks related to academic support services, including scheduling, resource allocation, room reservations, and student employee communication.
  • Prepare semester weekly schedules for all academic support services.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise student tutors, mentors, and peer educators to provide effective academic assistance to their peers. Provide ongoing support and professional development opportunities for student leaders.
  • Coordinate professional development sessions, workshops, study groups, and other support activities to promote student success and retention.
  • Collaborate with academic departments, faculty members, student organizations, and other campus units to promote awareness of available academic support services and foster a supportive learning environment.
  • Prepare outreach and promotional materials for distribution to students and institutional units regarding services and programs; Assists with the development and improvement of training programs and materials for student employee orientation regarding instruction techniques and program policies and guidelines.
  • Develop and facilitate academic workshops, seminars, and training sessions aimed at improving students' study skills, time management, exam preparation, and other academic competencies.
  • Assist the director to evaluate programming and relevant training.
  • Propose and assist in developing program improvement and implements program modifications based upon evaluation results.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to design, develop, and enhance academic support programs tailored to meet the diverse needs of students across different disciplines and levels.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Education, counseling, social work or other social science related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Masters Degree in education, counseling, social work or other social science related field.
  • 2 to 3 years experience in an educational setting
  • Prior experience coordinating academic programs and implementing student support activities for diverse communities
  • Demonstrated public speaking experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience in higher education student affairs or student success
  • Knowledge of supplemental instruction and/or academic support services
  • Knowledge of academic policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of campus college departments
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom

Required Application Materials

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Contact information of three professional references
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity/inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence

Special Instructions

For specific questions about the position, please contact Shannon Halbedel at

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Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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