The Academic Advisor-Athletics assists in the development and coordination of academic assistance programs designed to enable student-athletes to receive appropriate and timely academic assistance. The Academic Advisor-Athletics assists assigned students in the development of academic schedules appropriate for their stated educational goals and directs students to resources within the University that provide assistance in making career/academic major choices, as appropriate.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Guidance and Counseling, Sports Administration, or a related field.
Experience: Experience as an academic advisor is preferred; academic advising experience with student-athletes is preferred.
Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy, particularly in word processing and database management are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Scope: The position may require occasional evening and/or weekend work.
Missouri State University was founded in Springfield in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School. During its early years, the school's primary purpose was the preparation of teachers for the public school systems in southwest Missouri. The School's first name change came in 1919, when it became the Southwest Missouri State Teachers College, reflecting the institution's regional mission. By the mi...d-1940s, it had expanded beyond teacher education to include instructional programs in the liberal arts and the sciences; as a consequence, in 1945, the Missouri Legislature authorized an official name change to Southwest Missouri State College. In the ensuing decades, with the implementation of more programs at the undergraduate level and the development of a graduate education program, the College became an educationally diverse institution. Recognition of its further growth and development resulted in yet another name change in 1972, to that of Southwest Missouri State University. Finally, on March 17, 2005, the 100th anniversary of Founders' Day, Governor Matt Blunt signed Senate Bill 98, which included changing Southwest Missouri State University's name to Missouri State University. Today, Missouri State University is a multipurpose, metropolitan university providing a broad array of instructional, research, and service programs.