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Specialist - Advisor-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
Department: Communication Arts And Sciences Dean 10010158
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Advising/Counseling, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences seeks to hire an Advising Specialist to work with undergraduate students through the ComArtSci Academic and Student Affairs Office. The position will assist with academic advising, course selection, connecting students with campus and local academic resources and use of technological applications to assist students in developing their academic plan.

Mission Statement for the ComArtSci Academic and Student Affairs Office:

Academic Advisors are student-centered professionals who listen to, challenge, suggest, empower, and refer members of the MSU community and its extended partners to foster a diverse and successful educational experience at Michigan State University.

Position Overview:

To provide academic advising and guidance to undergraduate students enrolled as majors and major preferences in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -College Student Personnel or related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in College Student Personnel or related field.
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team and a strong personal focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of tact, empathy and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work diplomatically and effectively with faculty, staff, and students, and to use sound judgment.
  • Detail oriented with outstanding organizational, problem solving and multi-tasking skills.
  • Proficient computer skills are required in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Desired Qualifications

  •  Previous experience in an academic environment and 2-4 years of advising experience preferred.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically:

  • a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position,
  • a resume/CV,
  • a DEI statement that addresses the candidates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in advising, and
  • the names and contact information of three references.  

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

To apply, complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website

Application materials should include names of three references with titles, email addresses, and business/cell/home numbers.

Applications will be reviewed as needed.


Department Statement

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences has five departments, Advertising, Communication, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, School of Journalism, and Media & Information. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, "ComArtSci" is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral to our practice as communicators, storytellers, and innovators. We believe it is our responsibility to foster an open and welcoming environment that aspires to attract, recruit, and sustain diverse students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is among the main drivers of institutional excellence, and we are proud to embrace and promote broad communities of knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences. Our efforts to advance DEI are guided by a shared vision grounded in a culture of caring, belonging, transparency, and accountability. In alignment with the University's DEI plan, we commit to actively challenge, disrupt, and dismantle systems that reinforce and/or maintain historical and contemporary social inequalities and inequities. We are dedicated to ongoing dialogue to strengthen our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and activism. We strive to be DEI thought leaders who inspire, influence, and cultivate progress in our College and throughout the MSU community.  

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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