Academic Mentor


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Fast Track Program (11512662)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Definition of Class

This position provides academic mentoring to support student success. The incumbent conducts one-on-one mentoring sessions with students, advises students regarding academic barriers, monitors and tracks student academic progress, coordinates student leadership and community service programs, teaches one course per semester related to student persistence and academic success, conducts workshops and presentations, and serves as a liaison to parents, students, faculty, and counselors.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Facilitates one-on-one mentoring sessions with assigned students to enhance their educational development.
  • Advises students regarding strategies for academic success, academic barriers, and available university support services.
  • Monitors student’s attendance and academic progress.
  • Establishes and maintains records; produces detailed reports concerning mentored students, their needs, and their progress.
  • Communicates with parents as needed and in accordance with FERPA regarding student progress.
  • Serves as a resource for faculty and staff in matters related to academic success.
  • Acts as a liaison between students, faculty, and professional schools.
  • Refers students to campus resources such as Counseling Center and Career Services, as needed.
  • Monitors and records student engagement in various activities and high impact practices such as leadership, community service, internships, and undergraduate research.
  • Conducts a variety of sessions, workshops, presentations, and events to foster student persistence and academic success.
  • Assists with various recruitment and transition events for prospective and current students including support of campus partnerships in activities related to admissions, orientation, commencement and others, as necessary.
  • Provides support for a variety of departmental initiatives for targeted populations such as living-learning communities, leadership and peer educator programs, various scholarship and access programs, or similar student success strategies.
  • Teaches one course per semester related to student persistence and academic success.
  • Engages in professional development opportunities related to student persistence and academic success.
  • Prepares various reports and presents findings.
  • Supports University student retention and persistence initiatives.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Serves as a mentor and conducts individualized sessions with assigned students.
  2. Monitors student attendance and academic progress.
  3. Plans, develops and implements various student persistence and academic success programs.
  4. Serves as liaison to students, parents, and counselors.
  5. Teaches one course per semester related to student persistence and academic success.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s Degree in Student Personnel, Education, Psychology, Counseling, Liberal Arts, or a related field from an accredited university or college.



One (1) year of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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