College of Education Academic Advisor

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title College of Education Academic Advisor
Position Number 8189
Posting Number F1339
Position Type Administrative and Professional Faculty
Position Status Full Time
College/Division University Programs
Department 100536 - University Advising
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

University Advising seeks a highly motivated individual to join an experienced, respected, and student-centered team of full-time academic advisors. In support of student academic success and engagement, University Advising team members are committed to the development of the whole student; offer expertise on curricular requirements and academic expectations; enhance student connections with the college, university, and community; remain highly accessible and responsive to their students and multiple constituencies; actively collaborate with colleagues throughout the university and beyond; and engage in pursuits that ensure their own professional development.

This is a full-time, 12-month, Administrative and Professional Faculty position in University Advising assigned to the College of Education, working under the guidance of the Academic Unit Head(s) and the Director of University Advising. Academic advisors with an interest and appropriate qualifications may have an opportunity to teach courses.

Please visit to learn more about our College of Education.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide academic advising to current and prospective College of Education (COE) undergraduates.
• Advise assigned student caseload, monitor academic progress, communicate regularly with and maximize availability for advisees, and connect them with campus resources and opportunities to foster sense of community and enrich student experience.
• Help students formulate meaningful and appropriate academic plans based on their interests and goals, providing guidance on the General Education curriculum, major and degree requirements, and academic opportunities within context of COE majors.
• Remain informed of changing licensure and program requirements, including test preparation and eligibility expectations.
• Serve as advising resource for and liaison with faculty and administrators in the college.
• Build and maintain effective partnerships with academic departments, faculty, and colleagues across campus.
• Contribute actively to University Advising team through regular team meetings, information sharing, and professional development opportunities.
• Serve college and university community through committees, service projects, and academic and curricular initiatives.
• Support students on academic probation and suspension by helping them understand academic expectations and identify strategies to improve academic performance.
• Utilize campus-wide advising technology resources and maintain electronic student records and accurate data for COE and University Advising.
• Ensure updated print and web-based advising resources for students and colleagues.
• Participate in first-year and transfer orientation and plan, lead, and assess COE orientation programs and related efforts.
• Represent college at academic open houses and other recruitment events and respond to inquiries about its academic programs.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Master’s degree.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

• Academic advising or comparable higher education experience working directly with undergraduates.
• Teaching license and K-12 teaching experience.
• Exceptional work ethic.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate meaningfully with undergraduates.
• Strong attention to detail combined with appreciation for the big picture.
• Willingness to work independently, collaboratively, and under supervision.
• Excellent oral and written communication, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Familiarity with national trends and best practices in academic advising profession and higher education.
• Ability to multitask and navigate integrated student information systems in a dynamic environment.
• Experience with learning, interpreting, and articulating complex academic requirements, policies, and procedures.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 06/21/2019
Beginning Review Date
Closing Date 07/21/2019
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Starting Date 08/26/2019
EEO Statement

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or [email protected] . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report

Notice of Availability – Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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Additional Posting Information

To apply visit or go to and reference posting number F1339. Candidates will complete an application and attach a cover letter, resume, and a one-page statement of your academic advising philosophy as Other Document #1.

JMU’s Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit

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