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 (https:/ /www.vanderbilt.edu/immersion/) - 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).
Welcome to CASPAR, the College of Arts and Science's pre-major academic advising unit. Unique to the College of Arts and Science, each CASPAR adviser is a Vanderbilt faculty member who teaches a First- Year Writing Seminar in his or her home department in addition to advising pre-major students. Click on the links below to learn more about us and our approaches to academic advising. We look forward to working with you!
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides clear information about pre-major requirements, including A&S core liberal arts curriculum.
Helps students appropriately prepare for their intended majors and minors and explore areas of interests.
Identifies options for student to satisfy pre-major requirements.
Interprets and explains college and university policies and procedures.
Provides strategic individual and group advising.
Aides in preparing students to begin their Immersion planning.
Tracks students' progress to ensure progress is made by key benchmarking dates.
Shares ideas related to internships, summer experiences, or other opportunities that will help students move toward learning more about their possible or intended majors.
Connects students to the A&S Immersion coordinators, the Career Center, and OIR to help meet their academic goals.
Accurately documents academic recommendations and individual discussions with student.
Participates in professional development activities to remain competent and informed of the most effective advising techniques.
Gathers and prepares various reports as requested.
Develops and conducts program and workshops presenting academic information to orientation groups and potential students and parents.
This position does not have supervisory responsibility; the position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of CASPAR.
A Master's degree and at least 1 year of experience in student advising, career counseling, human resources, or an equivalent setting-- or Bachelor's degree in any subject and at least 3 years of experience in student advising or support services, including counseling, educational programming, working with faculty and employers, and administrative responsibilities is necessary .
All advisers will be required to have at least one earned degree in one of the disciplines in the 3 divisions (e.g., Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science) of the College of Arts and Science is necessary .
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing is preferred .
Records maintenance skills are preferred .
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports is preferred .
Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments is preferred .
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information is preferred .
Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion is preferred .
Ability to analyze and solve problems is preferred .
Knowledge of student recruitment and retention issues is preferred .
Ability to analyze course prerequisites, certification, and/or curriculum/graduation requirements is preferred .
Ability to evaluate student transcripts and/or records is preferred .
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