Vanderbilt University Pre-Major Advisor (CASPAR) in Nashville, Tennessee

Pre-Major Advisor (CASPAR) (Job Number: 1900330)


The Pre-major adviser works with College of Arts and Science (A&S) undergraduates to help students understand and adapt to the academic expectations and requirement of the College of Arts and Science and chart courses of study appropriate to their interests and goals. Pre-major advisers typically advise students for three to four semesters, including the summer before first-year and transfer students arrive at Vanderbilt. Students work with their pre-major adviser until they declare their majors by the end of their fourth semester or sophomore year. In the advising process, advisers answer questions about course selection, choosing a major, the relationship between academic majors and career choices, preparing for post-baccalaureate study, using academic resources, and study abroad, among others. Pre-major advisers also provide support and help students make connections to faculty major advisers in academic departments and programs for specific disciplinary advice. Pre-major advisers are housed in the College of Arts and Science Pre-major Advising Resource (CASPAR) Center.

A key role for the pre-major adviser will be to aid students in understanding and beginning the planning process for their participation in Immersion Vanderbilt ( ) – an undergraduate requirement which calls for each undergraduate student to participate in an intensive learning experience that takes place in and beyond the classroom and culminates in the creation of a final project. Pre-major advisers will help connect students to Immersion Coordinators in the College of Arts and Science, the Career Center, the Global Education Office (GEO), and the Provost’s Office of Immersion Resources (OIR).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides clearinformation about pre-major requirements, including A&S core liberalarts curriculum.

  • Helps studentsappropriately prepare for their intended majors and minors and exploreareas of interests.

  • Identifiesoptions for student to satisfy pre-major requirements.

  • Interprets andexplains college and university policies and procedures.

  • Providesstrategic individual and group advising.

  • Aides inpreparing students to begin their Immersion planning.

  • Tracksstudents' progress to ensure progress is made by key benchmarking dates.

  • Shares ideasrelated to internships, summer experiences, or other opportunities thatwill help students move toward learning more about their possible orintended majors.

  • Connectsstudents to the A&S Immersion coordinators, the Career Center, and OIRto help meet their academic goals.

  • Accuratelydocuments academic recommendations and individual discussions withstudent.

  • Participatesin professional development activities to remain competent and informed ofthe most effective advising techniques.

  • Gathers andprepares various reports as requested.

  • Develops andconducts program and workshops presenting academic information toorientation groups and potential students and parents.

Profile of an IdealCandidate

  • A Master's degree and atleast 1 year of experience in student advising, career counseling, humanresources, or an equivalent setting OR Bachelor's degree in anysubject and at least 3 years of experience in student advising or supportservices, including counseling, educational programming, working withfaculty and employers, and administrative responsibilities is necessary.

  • All adviserswill be required to have at least one earned degree in one of thedisciplines in the 3 divisions (e.g., Humanities, Social Science, NaturalScience) of the College of Arts and Science is necessary.

  • Ability tocommunicate effectively, both orally and in writing is preferred.

  • Recordsmaintenance skills are preferred.

  • Ability togather data, compile information, and prepare reports is preferred.

  • Ability tomaintain calendars and schedule appointments is preferred.

  • Ability to useindependent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information ispreferred.

  • Knowledge ofacademic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/orexpulsion is preferred.

  • Ability toanalyze and solve problems is preferred.

  • Knowledge ofstudent recruitment and retention issues is preferred.

  • Ability toanalyze course prerequisites, certification, and/or curriculum/graduationrequirements is preferred.

  • Ability toevaluate student transcripts and/or records is preferred.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

Commitmentto Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12050 - Arts and Science: Student Services

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals

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