Academic Advisor, Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Werth College of Science, Technology & Mathematics

Job Posting Title
Academic Advisor, Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Job Description

Position Description:

This Academic Advisor advises current and prospective students in Computer Science and possibly Agricultural Business concerning academic plans, progress, and academic/career goals. Assists students in making personal education decisions and meeting graduation requirements. The position will collaborate with department faculty and staff to promote the department and support students. The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal skills and possess a desire to help students achieve personal and professional goals related to their academic plan. A strong work ethic, customer-service skills, professionalism and collegiality are essential.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree. One to three years of progressively responsible experience in advising or a related academic function within higher education is required. Work experience may not be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree requirement for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in the field of academic advising
  • Experience working in an educational setting
  • Experience working in a customer service-related field
  • Knowledge of Computer Science and/or Agricultural Business preparation

Application Deadline: Priority Deadline of February 10, 2020.

Salary: $35,568 with a Bachelor’s degree, $38,568 with a Master’s degree

Benefits: Competitive benefit package


  • Advise and onboard online students within the Department of Computer Science and possibly the Agricultural Business program.
  • Respond to all questions and inquiries from current and prospective students related to programs, policies, and procedures within the relevant programs.
  • Advise students on all issues related to courses, programs of study, transcript analysis, course substitution, and professional-related inquires.
  • Assist the departments in recruiting and retention efforts.
  • Build and maintain relationships with department faculty to understand requirements and discuss and resolve any student issues.
  • Maintain confidential advising notes and up-to-date student files and records.
  • Serve as a member on appropriate departmental, college, and/or campus advisory committees and attend department meetings as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understand all academic programs being advised.
  • Collaborate with all faculty and staff within the department, college, and FHSU campus.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to help students achieve their educational goals.
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Professionalism and collegiality.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Technology proficiency.

Required Application Documents:  Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses relevant qualifications and experiences, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name: Becky Newell


Phone: 785-628-4559

About the Departments:

The Department of Computer Science has three full-time faculty and one full-time academic advisor. This position will be a second academic advisor to accommodate the rapid enrollment growth that has taken majors from 57 in 2015 to approximately 700 this academic year. This growing department is slated to hire three new faculty over the next three years as they also roll out a new M.S. in Computer Science.

The Agricultural Business program in the Department of Agriculture currently enrolls nearly 250 majors with approximately half of those online. It is the only program within the department to be available entirely online, so it also has great potential for growth. The department employees nine full-time faculty with three having expertise in Agricultural Business and/or Agricultural Economics.

About the College:

The Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics was formed in 2015 by bringing together the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The Sternberg Museum of Natural History and Kansas Wetlands Education Center are also units within the college. The college has 75 full-time faculty and about 2000 majors, including 55 graduate students. It also makes significant contributions to the university’s General Education program and to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is an early-college program for high-achieving high school students. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many schools would reserve for graduate students. Our academic programs are innovative and our facilities are outstanding.


Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.

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