ThePre-major adviser works with College of Arts and Science (A&S)undergraduates to help students understand and adapt to the academicexpectations and requirement of the College of Arts and Science and chartcourses of study appropriate to their interests and goals. Pre-major adviserstypically advise students for three to four semesters, including the summerbefore first-year and transfer students arrive at Vanderbilt. Students workwith their pre-major adviser until they declare their majors by the end oftheir fourth semester or sophomore year. In the advising process, advisersanswer questions about course selection, choosing a major, the relationshipbetween academic majors and career choices, preparing for post-baccalaureatestudy, using academic resources, and study abroad, among others. Pre-majoradvisers also provide support and help students make connections to facultymajor advisers in academic departments and programs for specific disciplinaryadvice. Pre-major advisers are housed in the College of Arts and SciencePre-major Advising Resource (CASPAR) Center.
A key rolefor the pre-major adviser will be to aid students in understanding andbeginning the planning process for their participation in Immersion Vanderbilt(https://www.vanderbilt.edu/immersion/)– an undergraduate requirement which calls for each undergraduate student toparticipate in an intensive learning experience that takes place in and beyondthe classroom and culminates in the creation of a final project. Pre-majoradvisers will help connect students to Immersion Coordinators in the College ofArts and Science, the Career Center, the Global Education Office (GEO), and theProvost's Office of Immersion Resources (OIR).
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides clear information about pre-major requirements, including A&S core liberal arts curriculum.
Helps students appropriately prepare for their intended majors and minors and explore areas of interests.
Identifies options for student to satisfy pre-major requirements.
Interprets and explains college and university policies and procedures.
Provides strategic individual and group advising.
Aides in preparing students to begin their Immersion planning.
Tracks students' progress to ensure progress is made by key benchmarking dates.
Shares ideas related to internships, summer experiences, or other opportunities that will help students move toward learning more about their possible or intended majors.
Connects students to the A&S Immersion coordinators, the Career Center, and OIR to help meet their academic goals.
Accurately documents academic recommendations and individual discussions with student.
Participates in professional development activities to remain competent and informed of the most effective advising techniques.
Gathers and prepares various reports as requested.
Develops and conducts program and workshops presenting academic information to orientation groups and potential students and parents.
Profile of an IdealCandidate
A Master's degree and at least 1 year of experience in student advising, career counseling, human resources, or an equivalent setting OR Bachelor's degree in any subject and at least 3 years of experience in student advising or support services, including counseling, educational programming, working with faculty and employers, and administrative responsibilities is necessary.
All advisers will be required to have at least one earned degree in one of the disciplines in the 3 divisions (e.g., Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science) of the College of Arts and Science is necessary.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing is preferred.
Records maintenance skills are preferred.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports is preferred.
Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments is preferred.
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information is preferred.
Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion is preferred.
Ability to analyze and solve problems is preferred.
Knowledge of student recruitment and retention issues is preferred.
Ability to analyze course prerequisites, certification, and/or curriculum/graduation requirements is preferred.
Ability to evaluate student transcripts and/or records is preferred.
About Vanderbilt University
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