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Academic & Professional Development Advisor, College Of Architecture & Design

University of Tennessee / Knoxville -- College of Architecture + Design k

Knoxville, TN

Oct 18
Job Description

The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) seeks an individual who is disciplinary-specific and passionate about helping students succeed in their academic and career goals in the Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Design. The Academic and Professional Development Advisor (Senior Advisor II) is a critical team member of the College of Architecture and Design’s Center for Student Development (CSD), supporting both the advising and teaching mission of the college. The CSD serves as a centralized hub of the undergraduate population providing services from recruiting, advising, community building, and career mentorship. This position provides comprehensive academic advising and supports holistic student success for undergraduate students pursuing or interested in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Graphic Design majors as well as the minors in Architectural Studies, Interior Architecture Studies, Design Studies, and forthcoming Graphic Design. Working with undergraduate design students, this position promotes academic advising as an essential tool for academic success and as a critical component of the educational experience. Advising responsibilities include, though are not limited to, assisting students with course selection to meet academic and financial aid requirements, identifying experiential learning opportunities and programs that promote career development and global engagement, and supporting holistic student success towards individualized career goals. The individual will work closely with internships for architecture and interior architecture students and be involved in their career development advising and opportunities. In addition to advising-related responsibilities, this person will also be responsible for managing accurate registration processes for the assigned student caseload and assist with the admissions process for the College. As part of the CSD team, this individual will participate in the coordination and implementation of services related to new student and transfer orientation advising sessions, student success programming, and assist with on-campus and local recruitment activities for prospective students and their families. Additionally, this person will lead a section(s) of a foundational course specifically geared towards beginning design students. The position will foster students’ creative, intellectual and personal development towards academic success and will interpret and advise students on policies and procedures of the University, CoAD, and the individual Schools.
Additional Information:
This position has opportunities for professional advancement*. For additional information explore the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Undergraduate Academic Advising webpage at
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. As the second smallest college on the University of Tennessee campus, the College of Architecture and Design encourages and promotes community building and benefits from small class sizes and student: professor ratios. The College is comprised of the Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design. Approximately 760 students are enrolled in the college’s four primary programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Master of Architecture, and Master of Landscape Architecture. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement, critical thinking, and real-world experience is a college goal. Additional information about the College can be found at

Required Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree
Experience: Two or more years professional experience working in a design/creative field and/or advising design students, or related experience within a college or university.
Preferred Qualifications:
Education: Terminal Degree in Architecture (BArch, MArch, MS in related Architecture field), Interior Architecture/Design (BSIA, BSID, Master’s in Interior Architecture/Design), Landscape Architecture (BSLA, MLA), Industrial Design (BS Industrial Design, Master’s in Industrial Design), Graphic Design (BFA Graphic Design or MFA Graphic Design)
Experience: Some teaching experience in higher education, working knowledge of academic advising practices and student development theory, advising experience in higher education in a professional design curriculum preferred, working knowledge of student information systems such as DARS, BANNER, Navigate, Slate or related software is preferred.
*Note: Only advisors with a Master’s degree can be eligible for professional advancement in the realm of Advisor. While we may happily take someone with a BArch, that person would not qualify for the Advisors Professional “Ladder” (but advisors in our college have not / are not interested in advancing up that ladder).