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Academic Advisor II, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Administrative Support, Student Affairs & Services, Full Time

Pay Grade: 29E

Context of the Job:

The Academic Advisor II is responsible for providing academic advising services to all undergraduate majors in the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology (KAAP). The advisor works cooperatively with the Department Chair to set goals and propose solutions to advising issues that affect the quality of services to undergraduate students in KAAP. Knowledge of curriculum options, degree requirements, academic policies and procedures for advisement is necessary. The position will assist with course registration, senior checkout, student programming, related undergraduate student activities and orientation sessions as necessary. The Academic Advisor II helps in the development of programs and events for prospective students and supports programs and University wide initiatives for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide student academic advisement for current Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology majors and minors, non-majors interested in these programs, and transfer students.
  • Advise Honors majors from freshman to seniors.¿ Provide appropriate referral services for students to support offices such as the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Academic Enrichment, the Center for Counseling and Student Development, Career Services, Disabilities Support Services, Residence Housing and Life, and Student Financial Services.
  • Consult on department curriculum review as Curriculum Committee member and make recommendations for modifications.
  • Design and recommend updates for undergraduate website for advisement, academic and career resources.¿ Outreach to students on probation or in academic difficulty through individual contact and continual follow-up. 
  • Connect students with faculty in KAAP for mentorship, professional development and research involvement. Provide guidance to faculty regarding campus resources, curriculum and career options, degree requirements, academic policies and procedures.
  • Compile, verify and analyze statistical reports; prepare administrative forms that may contain confidential information.
  • Guide students in evaluation of academic abilities, goal-setting, career exploration. Increase student engagement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Respond to inquiries, investigate and resolve problems related to undergraduate transactions handled by the department and resolve procedural and administrative issues.
  • Interpret policy, explain GPA and academic standing, review transfer credits. Monitor the progress of advisees to improve graduation and retention rates. Guide students in registration advising, choosing majors and minors, academic planning, and graduate school preparation.¿ Represent the department to prospective students and their families individually and at recruiting events. Coordinate and present at UD events such as Discovery days, Blue and Golden Days, Decision Days.
  • Direct and lead KAAP undergraduate events including Convocation, New Student and Academic Orientations. present in department First Year Seminar.¿ Check administrative forms for accuracy such as for transfer credit and assist students in their completion.  Review and recommend approve/reject change of major applicants as well as department minor applications.
  • Perform senior checkouts -- includes reviewing student transcripts for completion of degree requirements, submission of course substitution requests, and communication with students regarding degree completion and accuracy of audits.
  • Develop and conduct graduate survey, review data, and disseminate outcomes to department administration and Career Services. Conduct industry research to evaluate programs and career pathways for students.
  • Train new advisors and advising support staff on curriculum and policy.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree and three years of experience in higher education and academic advising or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree preferred in student personnel, counseling or related field.
  • Ability to grasp, retain and disseminate an extensive, varied and dynamic body of information; the ability to exercise sound judgment and employ decision making skills.
  • Ability to evaluate student transcripts and/or records. 
  • Ability to communicate to students curricular and graduation requirements.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, summarize and effectively present data.
  • Effective leadership, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing skills, and the ability to present effectively to groups and to work productively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite preferred. Proficiency with UDSIS and Blue Hen Success preferred.


Special Requirements:

  • Will occasionally be required to work evenings and weekends.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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