Official Job Title Academic Advisor
Working Title: Academic Advisor
Position Number 19851
Division Academic Advising and Exploration Center
Salary Well-qualified candidates can expect a salary commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.

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Posting Type Staff
Campus Information Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family ” led by caring faculty and staff ” is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

organization information The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

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Job details The Academic Advisor works with new and undeclared students to provide holistic advising services helping students matriculate to the university and providing support during their first year on campus resulting in the retention of students. This position serves as a main point of contact for students and provides information about educational options and academic requirements; assists with identifying and assessing interests, skills, and values to match the appropriate field of study/career options, and refers students to appropriate institutional resources. Advisors work to ensure students receive accurate, timely, and holistic advising services in support of promoting student success, retention, and program completion. They also serve as a liaison to specific colleges and departments to ensure accurate information is provided to both the department and students. The advisor will be asked to represent the department at university events and to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment.
Required Qualifications
– Master’s degree required (or enrollment in a Master’s degree program with graduation expected within 18 months of starting the position)
– Two years of academic advising or transferrable experience
Preferred characteristics – Commitment to a student-centered approach with the ability to work with a diverse population
– Demonstration of excellent organizational, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
– Knowledge of PeopleSoft and EAB Navigate
knowledge, skills, and abilities – Willingness and ability to be an active participant in the following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.
– Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
responsibilities Academic Advising

– Assist students with program planning, general course selection, registration, and schedule review
– Engage students in decision-making processes and promotes appropriate and responsible choices on academic matters such as course selection and degree requirements
– Refer students to appropriate campus resources which could support their success and engagement with the campus community
– Counsel students on academic probation, receiving academic alerts, and/or are identified as being at risk to succeed
– Maintain confidentiality and accurate student records and processes and responds to academic inquiries according to established institutional and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policies

Department Representation

– Participate in SOAR days, Warhawk Preview/Admitted Days, and other campus events by presenting about the services available in the AAEC
– Coordinate with assigned colleges/departments to ensure AAEC staff are updated on curricular changes or opportunities


– Serve on department, division, or university committees
– Perform other duties as assigned.

Application Deadline July 16th, 2023
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Applications received after deadline may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee.
Position Contact Name Melissa Walton
Contact Phone 262-472-1385
Contact Email
To apply:

Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references

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