Position Title:Off-Campus Academic Advisor
Department:COEHS (Education and Human Services)
Reports To:Director of COEHS Academic Advising Center
Purpose of Position
Responsible for the advising and recruitment of prospective teacher educators. Works with other advisors in the COEHS to provide quality advisement on all degree and certification programs offered through the College. Responsible for assisting in the creation of relationships and partnerships under the direction of the Director, with community college personnel to promote Texas A&M-Commerce as a transfer choice. Serves as a liaison between Texas A&M-Commerce and all future teacher organizations around the state and at all levels to promote teaching as a viable career, and A&M-Commerce as the choice in teacher preparation. Responsible for assisting in creating recruitment strategies for teachers, particularly in high need fields and geographic regions.
- Provides proper advisement for those students who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate or post baccalaureate teacher education related degree or certification program.
- Advises students on course selection, A&M-Commerce policies and academic requirements so that students may maximize their educational potential through communication with an advisor.
- Counsels students in teacher education content area exploration and highlights the emerging needs of the state, particularly in relation to critical shortage areas and geographic locations.
- At necessary times, advises students on and off campus with regard to all degree and certification programs in the COEHS.
- Coordinates recruitment efforts for teacher education-related degree and certification programs.
- Recruits on and off campus, with particular emphasis on the community colleges that serve as the primary feeder institutions for A&M-Commerce.
- Works with other community college personnel to devise recruitment strategies and promote a seamless transition to A&M-Commerce for those pursuing teacher education.
- Attends university day, future teacher events, job fairs, career days, etc… to promote teaching as a viable career and A&M-Commerce as a quality program to pursue a degree and/or certification.
- Serves as the liaison for future teacher groups at all levels and speaks to leadership and future teacher classes in the public schools.
- Serves as an advocate for all students to ensure a smooth entry, matriculation, and completion of their teacher education program
- Acquires knowledge of scholarship opportunities and assists students in securing scholarships that will allow them to fund their preparation.
- Assists the university in tracking prospective and participating teacher education students. Maintains a database of all prospective and participating students, and coordinates activities that will strengthen student retention.
- Works collaboratively with all university personnel to create and disseminate promotional material, including data related to the successes of A&M-Commerce in educator preparation.
- Makes presentations at all levels and in a variety of venues to promote teaching as a career and A&M-Commerce as a quality teacher prep program.
- Manages confidential and computerized student information.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires a bachelorÔ??s degree. Knowledge of undergraduate and graduate admissions, scholarships, academic and student services is required. Knowledge and experience in the development of effective marketing strategies is required. Knowledge of teacher certification fields, degree plans, Texas common Course Numbering System and working knowledge of transfer articulation matters is preferred. Must stay abreast of State Board for Educator Certification and Texas Higher Education Coordinating board requirements pertaining to transfer articulation, degree programs, and certification. Experience in public speaking is required, preferably to high school or community college audiences. Familiarity with the A&M-Commerce campus, its historical landmarks, points of interest and location of both academic and non-academic offices is required. Excellent oral and written skills, with experience in basic research. Must have computer related skills, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and database operations. Requires work after hours and on weekends and extensive travel.