Student Academic Adviser

Date: 08/02/2011 Office/Department: Academic Resources
Starting Wage: Stipend, Room & Board Supervisor: Juli Dunn
Openings: No Department Head: Director of Academic Resources

Student Academic Adviser

Job Description

Student Academic Advisers (SAs) are sophomore, junior, or senior stu­dents who are selected for their solid academic and personal accom­plish­ments, then trained to become peer advisers. Each first-year student is assigned to a Student Aca­demic Adviser and will interact with him or her throughout the semester. SAs live in first-year sections with their advis­ees, are exten­sively involved in residence hall programming, and are available for consulting throughout the semes­ter. The most important job of the SA is to serve as an academic orien­tation aide, helping the student be acquainted with the academic programs, opportunities, and expecta­tions found at Whitman. Once registra­tion is over and the students are com­fortably settled in their classes, the SAs are available to assist them with a host of academic ques­tions and issues.


  • Assist students with academic adjustment to Whitman.
  • Help students to plan their schedule of classes.
  • Provide academic advice when needed.
  • Assist students in developing effective study strategies.
  • Attend weekly SA staff meetings every Thursday from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Attend residence hall meetings as required by your Resident Director.
  • Work cooperatively with the Residence Life and Academic Resource staff to plan and present academic workshops, talks and activities.
  • Contact each student in the section for a preliminary advising appointment and a mid-semester interview.
  • Publish one issue of the SA newsletter.
  • Submit a weekly log.


  • Academic resources available at Whitman College
  • Study strategies and academic information
  • The College Catalog
  • The Student Handbook, including College policies.

ABILITY TO:                    

  • Establish and maintain effective communication with the Director of Academic Resources, the Resident Director and section-mates
  • Listen to and attend to the problems of student advisees. 
  • Undertake and carry forward the program goals.


Completion of two semesters at Whitman College with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and in good standing with the College. [Note: First-year students are encouraged to apply, as they will have appropriate experience by the time of employment.]


Each SA will receive compensation of approximately $1,900.00 for the semester and will be housed in a single room if available, at no additional charge.  Lyman SAs will be in a double room and must select a roommate.

We attempt to meet the housing preferences of all Student Academic Advisers, but it is not always possible to match each person's first choice in terms of residence hall, section, or type of room desired.  We ask applicants to list their preferences, and we will make an effort to fulfill them.  Applicants should be aware, however, that we cannot guarantee a specific hall or type of room.


Applicants must submit an application and letters of recommendation to the Academic Resource Center on the designated date. Applications will be available in January. Applicants must be available for both individual and group interviews. All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee's decision prior to Spring Break.