Requisition ID:  29970

Academic Advisor Indianapolis

Job Summary

The broad scope of science at Purdue is our strength. 

The College of Science seeks an academic advising professional who will contribute to exemplary advising services for Computational Science undergraduate students at the Purdue Indianapolis Location (PIN). The announcement of the ‘Purdue Computes’ initiative makes this position an exciting opportunity to advise and mentor Computer Science, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence undergraduates as they test their limits and take the next giant leap in the computational sciences. 

College of Science advising is predicated on the belief that individualized relationships set the stage for student success and high advisor impact and satisfaction. As an Academic Advisor you will promote an inclusive environment that challenges and supports students by providing meaningful opportunities for student learning, development, and integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences. Advisors empower students to be active, responsible learners while guiding students to make well-informed decisions that lead to achieving students' educational, career, and life goals.


In the role of an Academic Advisor, you will:

  • Create an open and respectful environment in where students of diverse backgrounds and interests feel comfortable exploring and defining their goals and curricular pathways
  • Empower students to be active, responsible learners and assist them in making well-informed decisions
  • Guide students in course selection and the process of registering for courses
  • Identify campus activities and program opportunities related to students' major
  • Maintain a consistent pattern of contact and communication with assigned students
  • Use data to provide timely outreach to students on their academic progress and conduct audits on students’ degree progress
  • Assess when a student’s situation requires referral to campus resources
  • Maintain and ensure the confidentiality of student records
  • Teach students about the university’s structure, systems, policies, and practices


If you desire to significantly impact the Purdue undergraduate experience in a collaborative team environment where your strengths and contributions are valued, this may be the professional experience you’ve been working towards.


This position has a starting salary of $46,000 annually commensurate with education and experience.

What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in higher education or related field
  • One (1) year of student advising, recruitment, or other student-facing experience

Skills Needed:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to:
    • Collaborate with faculty, staff, current and prospective students, and parents, and families.
    • Problem solve and utilize campus resources for individuals and groups
    • Navigate a changing environment.

Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Benefits of Being an Advisor at Purdue:

  • The Advisor Certification Program. The University Undergraduate Academic Advising Office offers this centralized professional development opportunity that allows new advisors to develop their foundational skills with other new advisors in a cohort. Advisors receive real-time feedback and training, including mentoring experience. 
  • Participation in the Inclusive Advising initiative provides a unique learning experience grounded in Purdue students' and advisors' specific voices and experiences. Inclusive Advising learning opportunities are cohort-based and designed to encourage learning and intentional reflection. Inclusive advising centers the student in an asset-framed approach. The advisor differentiates educational guidance to meet students where they are and acknowledges the critical value of each student's unique social capital.
  • An advising ratio of 225:1. Purdue University is committed to maintaining one of the lowest advising caseloads in the country. 
  • The Purdue Academic Advising Association. This association boosts the longest-standing allied membership in NACADA, with a proud tradition of 36 years of professional development support and community among Purdue advisors.

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis