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General Studies Advisor  (OFYP)

Job Summary

The General Studies Advisor is responsible for carrying out the academic counseling and advising for General Studies students, assisting students in preparing schedules for registration, monitoring and tracking student progress, providing relevant student information to faculty, staff, and advisors and assisting students in selection of courses and major/minor areas of interest.  Incumbent also advises students in the University Studies Degree program.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Serves as an academic advisor and resource person for students in the General Studies and University Studies Program.
  • Maintains an "open door policy" to any student requesting assistance.
  • Serves as a counselor to students in the areas of advising, career planning, guidance and counseling, maintaining a link between students and various programs and services of the University (as well as community resources) and in general assists them in reaching their educational and life goals.
  • Maintains and accurately documents required student records for monitoring and referral purposes.
  • Provides information to faculty and staff concerning student progress and related academic information and plans collaboratively with appropriate officials in meeting needs of individual students.
  • Participates in all orientation, early registration and registration activities for new students.
  • Monitors academic progress of General Studies and University Studies students by monitoring mid-term and semester grades.
  • Provides intrusive development advising services aimed toward student success and retention.
  • Assists students from all backgrounds in making a smooth transition and maintaining a well-balanced University experience.
  • Identifies and assists academically at-risk General Studies and University Studies students to develop individual student plans to increase the likelihood of success, retention and graduation.
  • Maintains contacts and assists prospective students interested in attending Morehead State University and participates in University events for recruitment.
  • Assists in monitoring freshman undergraduate students through information dissemination and advisor/student assignment.


  • Serves on appropriate University committees that address student retention.
  • Attend professional development workshops and conferences related to advising and student development.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned by supervisor.

Organizational Relationships

The General Studies Advisor reports to the Director of First Year Programs and Academic Services.  This position interacts with faculty, staff, parents and students.

Minimum Requirements

Masters degree in guidance and counseling, adult and higher education, student personnel, social work, or related field with at least two years experience as a counselor, advisor, teacher, or social worker, or related occupation in student human services.  Must possess good oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated flexibility and proven interpersonal skills essential.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Counseling or teaching experience at the university level is desirable. Knowledge in program evaluation and student assessment is desirable.  Knowledge of advance computer database, spreadsheet, and word processing programs.  Knowledge of and experience with career development theory and university level programs for career development.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere

Long hours, occasional weekend/evening duties, and numerous interruptions from phone calls, student appointments, and faculty/staff consultations.  High stress because of extremely large student caseload and student demand for services.  Job deadlines and processing an enormous amount of forms and paperwork creates an additional high level of stress.  The office is located in an area that houses multiple programs, so flexibility and cordiality are important traits needed for the integration into the total unit.

Date Approved/Revised:  August 1, 2010
Date Reviewed:
Grade:  E4