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Specialist - Advisor-Continuing

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Honors College
Department: Honors College Dean 10041408
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 45174.00-70000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The team implements an advising strategy that focuses on intentional advising and provision of wrap-around support services for specific populations of Honors College students (e.g., international students, under-represented students, and first-generations students). Advisors also work persistently to incorporate the following into their advising efforts:

  • Develop, implement, and provide support for diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming within the college in collaboration with other staff (e.g., Honors Students of Color Coalition, MOSAIC, HC  IMPACT service week, and others); provide leadership or coordination of other programs as assigned; coordinate advising and recruiting activities, some of which involve evenings and weekends. 
  • Provide intensive student academic advising to track progress toward University degree requirements using online records systems. Advisors must be comfortable interacting with these online systems, or learn them quickly, and share responsibility with a team of advisors for recording personalized student programs for our approximately 4700 students;
  • Consult with faculty honors advisors and instructors in all academic departments across campus;
  • Advise incoming students during the New Student Orientation (NSO) program;
  • Interact with and support academically-talented undergraduates in all disciplines;
  • Coordinate selected opportunities for honors students, such as seminars, international experiences, and scholarships; and
  • Understand the holistic experience of the undergraduate student and that advising is a developmental process that involves much more than just course scheduling.

Additionally, this position requires teaching.  Potential course offerings include seminars for a diverse group of first-year students, student leadership courses, and/or related content.

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


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred (with master’s required within one year of starting position).
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive advising and/or programming practices.
  • Experience advising high-ability college students coupled with ability to liaise with advisors and instructors is preferred. 
  • Experience providing support services and coordinating co-curricular opportunities for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal/written presentation and computer skills; and database management and interactive web applications.

Desired Qualifications

  • MA/MS degree strongly preferred, with the degree needed within one year of starting position. 
  • Familiarity with MSU programs, curriculum, student academic policies, and procedures (including MSU’s Student Information System), or ability to learn them quickly is a plus.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume or CV,
  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position, 
  • and contact information for three (3) professional references. Include name, position, phone, email and U.S. mailing address.

Together-we-will Statement

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

The Honors College at Michigan State University – one of the country’s most distinctive and extensive honors programs – serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence. The Honors College strives to ensure an enriched academic and social experience for its members and to create an environment that fosters active and innovative learning. The Honors College emphasizes personalized academic program planning rather than a tightly prescribed set of courses. Honors College members enjoy the connectedness of a small-college atmosphere on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities.

The Honors College takes an active approach to ensure that the College closely mirrors Michigan State University's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The phrase inclusive excellence is a great way to describe the value we hold true: we are a better and stronger Honors College the more diverse we are in experience and composition. A philosophy of inclusive excellence means that we think about issues of inclusion in everything that we do; that we are necessarily and intentionally thinking about how our actions with regard to academic policy and programs, student services, and admissions are inclusive. Whatever stake or role you have in the Honors College, we  invite you to join us in our commitment to and role-modeling of inclusive excellence.

MSU Statement

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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