Position Information

Assistant Dean for University Advising
Position Summary

Founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university, Michigan State University (MSU) enrolls over 50,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. MSU is known internationally as a major public research university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (APUE) seeks an Assistant Dean of University Advising to help lead MSU’s undergraduate student success initiatives by operationalizing MSU’s stated beliefs that every student it admits has the capacity to learn, thrive, and graduate and that it is MSU’s responsibility to provide an inclusive, equitable curriculum and environment with the academic, social, wellness, and financial support our students need to persist in college and succeed after graduation. The position will work closely with the assistant, deans, associate deans, and directors in the Office of the APUE and MSU’s sixteen degree-granting undergraduate colleges to develop, oversee, and support advising functions and initiatives for 40,000 undergraduate students.

The Assistant Dean for University Advising reports to the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and is a strategic leader within the Provost’s Office and a member of the APUE’s leadership team. As part of MSU’s Strategic Plan for Student Success, we envision an advising community that is appropriately structured and adequately resourced to equitably meet the diversity of our students’ needs, to help students develop their purposes and passions, to support the migration of students between majors/minors and colleges at MSU, and to meet MSU’s strategic goal of an 86% graduation rate with no opportunity gaps by 2030.

MSU has committed to restructuring and infusing resources into its advising community to ensure that MSU provides holistic and intrusive advising necessary for all students to learn, thrive, and graduate. The Assistant Dean for University Advising will serve as the most senior representative of and primary point of contact for professional advising at MSU. This person will be responsible for leading implementation of our MSU Advising Initiative in collaboration with University Advising Leadership through leadership, management, and engagement in the following areas:

Strategic Communications, Management, and Implementation of Policies and Practices: The Assistant Dean for University Advising coordinates and oversees strategic change management and implementation to structure, develop, and support an academic advising community that identifies and remediates barriers to student success and advances policies and practices that cultivate student success. This position will chair the University Advising Leadership Committee and represent the Provost’s Office on committees and councils. In collaboration with college advising units, the person in this role will review advising policies and practices and establish metrics to align with the code of academic advising responsibilities. This position will liaise with data stewards (e.g., University Registrar, Institutional Research, APUE Assessment team, University Data Warehouse) to promote the use of data in making informed decisions about student interventions.
Advisor Supervision, Training, and Professional Development: The Assistant Dean for University Advising provides leadership, management, and support for the hiring, training, and skills & career development for advisors across campus both internal to APUE and external to APUE through collaborations with college leadership. This person directly supervises advising leads for advisors reporting to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and other positions that support the work of advisors across campus such as the coordination of the advising fellows' program (change efforts focused on advisor professional development, assessment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion) and IT or assessment support staff. The organizational structure is currently under development as part of an academic advising landscape study and advising initiative created in alignment with MSU’s student success, faculty and staff success and diversity, equity, inclusion strategic plans. The Provost’s office envisions and is investing in an advising structure that supports both first- and second-year students in their transition to campus and majors and minors of choice and then helps students translate their academic purposes and passions into vocations beyond their time at MSU. The Assistant Dean will actively collaborate with the Center for Teaching Learning and Innovation (CTLI) and university advising leadership to lead robust professional development programs for campus educators, including academic advisors, that integrates a recently formed training and development model focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Assessment and Advising Learning Outcomes Oversight: The Assistant Dean for University Advising oversees on-going and regular assessment and accountability of university advising and undergraduate student learning outcomes for academic advising. The position will be responsible for setting standards for academic advising, fostering continuous improvement, making recommendations for improved procedures and processes to better and more equitably and inclusively support learning, persistence, and success for all undergraduate students. This person will be actively engaged with local, regional, and national organizations, benchmarking, learning from, and sharing information about MSU Undergraduate student success and academic advising efforts.

Other duties as assigned including: advising technology oversight and management in partnership with IT services and Enrollment services, leading and supporting university committees and searches, providing training to campus partners on academic advising initiatives, supporting enrollment during new student transitions and orientation, strategic planning implementation, annual reporting, and maintaining connection and communication with administration, faculty, staff, and students and their supporters/families.

Position: Assistant Dean for University Advising
Organization: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing,  MI 
United States
Salary: 115000.00-145000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posting Start Date: 4/18/2022
Date Posted: 4/18/2022
Requirements Required Degree

Doctorate -or Master's Degree with 10-12 years of equivalent experience
Desired Degree

Doctorate - in higher education or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Terminal degree and/or master's degree with 10-12 years of equivalent experience
  • At least 5-8 years of experience of providing or supervising teams that provide direct student support to students (e.g., tutoring, advising, teaching, mentoring).
  • Demonstrated commitment to core institutional values, including undergraduate student success and strengthening a climate of respect, caring, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Understanding of academic structures and functions at universities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current international, national, and statewide issues and trends related to higher education in general, and those in research intensive universities in particular.
  • Effective skills at collaboration within and across units; familiarity with NACADA and its core values of academic advising.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Desired Qualifications
  • Terminal degree in higher education or related field
  • The ideal candidate will possess skills in the following areas: leadership, management, and planning; addressing inequities in academic policies and procedures, supervising and developing diverse teams, assessment and problem-solving; organizational, planning, and time management skills; and ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • Five to eight years of advising experience, including experience managing and/or supervising advisors and deep knowledge of advising policies and procedures at colleges/universities.
  • Ability to nurture the development of networks across a large college/university and collaborate with diverse stakeholders building sustainable collegial relationships and to build consensus in a collaborative fashion.
  • Work inclusively, independently and interdependently to establish and communicate a vision for academic advising at MSU.
  • Deep knowledge of and significant, sustained experience working with institutional level academic policies and procedures to address inequities and remove barriers to student success.
  • Involvement, engagement, and/or leadership with local and/or national NACADA groups and organizations.
Status: This listing expires on: 6/17/2022
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Michigan State University
426 Auditorium Road
Administration Building Room 312
East Lansing,  MI 48824
United States
(517) 884-5926
Dr. Amy Martin

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