Academic Recovery Specialist (Academic Advisor 4), College of the Liberal Arts

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job Number: REQ_0000033495


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The College of the Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University is seeking applicants for an Academic Recovery Specialist (Academic Adviser 4) to join the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Advising team.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Advising holistically supports students to design plans that incorporate academic, career, and personal goals while meeting the standards of the undergraduate degree. A framework is also provided upon which students can develop intellectually, socially, and professionally. Liberal Arts Advisers are committed to embracing the diverse backgrounds students come from and fostering an environment of inclusion and belonging. Through promoting co-curricular experiences, fostering creativity, and encouraging engagement within the College and University, Liberal Arts Advisers support students in defining success for themselves and making meaning of their experiences.

We are seeking someone who is committed to the values of the College of the Liberal Arts – communication, critical thinking, ethical leadership, and global awareness – to provide support for and to be a resource to students navigating academic recovery.

The Academic Recovery Specialist will focus on students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal or near a 2.0 cumulative GPA. This will include the following responsibilities:

  • Designing and implementing policies, procedures, and interventions around Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal, and students near a 2.0 cumulative GPA for the College in collaboration with appropriate units and individuals in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies

  • Managing identification of the above students, and then providing communication to them about their status, conducting/assessing appropriate interventions and providing consistent and on-going academic recovery advising

  • Assisting with Faculty Senate petitions and overseeing the appeal process for students on Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal

  • Addressing Early Progress Reporting and other alerts from course instructors for students in warning or are academically at-risk

  • Providing training to Liberal Arts Advisers on University and College policy and procedures around Academic Recovery

The Academic Recovery Specialist will serve as a senior member of the advising team and consult regularly with the Academic Advising Leadership Team. They will also communicate regularly with the entire advising staff, academic departments, offices in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies (LAUS), and university partners about academic warning and suspension policies, procedures, expectations, and student needs – participating on College and University committees, as appropriate.

As a member of the Liberal Arts Academic Advising team, the Academic Recovery Specialist may also participate in New Student Orientation, recruitment initiatives, and College programs and events. They may also advise students pursuing Liberal Arts majors, as needed.

Education and Experience: This position typically requires a Master’s degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity

Applicants should also have previous experience working with academically at-risk students, along with the ability to communicate effectively, pay attention to detail, work independently and as part of a team, efficiently manage time, balance multiple responsibilities, and adapt to change.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Interested candidates should upload a resume and cover letter for review. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2022.

This position requires the following clearances:

  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check

  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision and retirement plans, in addition to generous vacation time, sick time, and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.

University Park, PA

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