Graduate School Commencement Update

MS in Academic Advising Graduates will participate with the College of Education at the Graduate School Commencement at 4 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.

The Graduate School Commencement is scheduled for two ceremonies on Friday, November 20th in Bramlage Coliseum. Graduates from the following colleges will be participating at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony: Agriculture; Architecture, Planning and Design; Arts and Sciences; and Engineering. Graduates from the colleges of Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, K-State Olathe and K-State Polytechnic will participate in the 4:00 p.m. ceremony.

Only faculty who are hooding terminal degree candidates will be allowed to participate in the ceremonies due to social distancing guidelines. I know that this is disappointing but we want to accommodate the graduates and up to two guests per student.

Army West Point Hiring an Athletic Academic Support Coordinator

The United States Military Academy, also known as Army West Point, is excited to announce that we are hiring for the position of Athletic Academic Support Coordinator. 

This position will be assigned to Football, working along side the Director of Football Academic Support. Specific duties include: coordinating and monitoring the academic success of cadet-athletes, conducting weekly meetings, compiling academic reports, communicating with faculty and coaches, as well as assisting with continuing eligibility.

Please note a few things; first, the link will have the title of “Training Instructor NF-04,” that is simply the coding for the job, the title of the position is Athletic Academic Support Coordinator once hired. Secondly, we understand that the job being posted through a government site can be confusing at times. If applying, please do not hesitate to reach out to me so I can help guide you through the questions and process.  

The job is currently posted at the link below, and will be open until October 5th; applications need to be submitted prior to the close date. Any and all questions/inquires are welcome; please feel free to reach out to me directly at or 845-938-7818

Eric Wall
Director of Athletic Academic Support
United States Military Academy – West Point
(845) 938-7818

Dr. Lisa Rubin receives N4A research award and publishes article

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Lisa Rubin, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, recently received a research award from the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals, orN4A, and published her findings.  

Rubin was the lead author of “Collaboration Between Athletic and Campus Advisors: Ensuring College Athletes’ Success,” which was published in a special edition of this fall’s Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. Her co-author was Will Lewis, lead academic advisor-intended business at the University of Georgia.  

“We interviewed 28 advisors at NCAA member institutions across the country — a mix of faculty, professional and athletic advisors — and asked how they collaborate and communicate,” Rubin said. “We examined reporting lines and even where advisors’ offices were located on campus and discovered both presented barriers.”  

The researchers offered general suggestions for innovative practices such as serve on each other’s search committees, identify liaisons between athletic advisors and major advisors, conduct a complete review of academic advising on campus and create a mentor program between units across campus.   

“What’s nice about K-State is we already have an advisor forum and are ahead of many universities that are very siloed,” Rubin said. “Another area where K-State is leading is in the area of title differentiation.”  

She said title differentiation not only helps professionals define one another’s roles but also clarifies the difference for student-athletes, who are often confused why they have two advisors: one in athletics and one in their major. K-State Athletics’ academic staff are academic counselors. 

Other suggestions include having athletic advisors assist with summer orientation and registration so they interact with student populations beyond athletes.   

“We were honored to be recognized by N4A with the research award and the opportunity to present our study as a webinar in July, making our findings immediately accessible to the practitioners who support students every day,” Rubin said.

Academic Coordinator Position at Campbell University

The Student-Athlete Support department at Campbell University has an opening for an Academic Coordinator.

This position will serve as the academic advisor for Men/Women Track & Field and Cross Country and Men’s Soccer.

Campbell is a small private school located 45 minutes south of the Raleigh area in beautiful Buies Creek, NC – the home of the Fighting Camels.

We will begin reviewing applications immediately. Interested candidates can apply here

University of Idaho Position Available

The University of Idaho Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) department is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Tutor/Academic Coordinator.

The Tutor/Academic coordinator provides support and education to elevate students’ learning experience at the University of Idaho (U of I). This position fosters student success by building positive and professional student relationships and implementing proactive strategies that help students fulfill their educational goals.

This position is responsible for all facets involved in the coordinating of the SASS tutoring program. Duties include but are not limited to hiring, training, evaluating, reporting and schedule creation for all SASS tutors. This position maintains close liaison with U of I athletic administrators, coaching staffs, faculty, and campus academic support areas.

This position will also provide academic support for 1-2 athletic teams. Duties include, but are not limited to: academic counseling, academic coaching of student-athletes that present academic risk factors, assisting with course registration and monitoring NCAA Progress Towards Degree.Questions? Reach out to Krista at

Those who are interested are encouraged to apply using the link below:

Fall 2020 Class Drop Dates

If you wish to drop a class, you must complete the drop process via your Student Account in KSIS. If you need to drop all of your classes after the semester begins, please contact the Graduate School to withdraw for the semester – Scott Schlender –

For Regular Session courses, the following drop/refund dates apply:

  • September 8, 2020 – Last day for 100% refund for a regular session course
  • September 14, 2020 – Last day for 50% refund for a regular session course
  • September 21, 2020 – Last day to drop a regular session course without a W being recorded
  • October 23, 2020 – Last day to drop a regular session course

If you enroll in a class, you assume responsibility for paying tuition and fees for that class. You will NOT be automatically dropped from a class if you do not pay tuition and fees. You will NOT be automatically dropped from a class for lack of participation.

Two Advisor Positions at the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma has posted two advisor positions in the Prentice Gautt Academic Center, a comprehensive support services unit for intercollegiate student-athletes. 

The Athletics Academic Advisor position will handle advising responsibilities for several Olympic sports. Details can be found here. The job number for this position is 202180, which can be entered in the event the link directs you only to the “Job Opportunities” page.  

The Athletics Academic Advisor for Football will work with the football academics team and advise student-athletes in one or two other sport programs. The job number is 202179 and can be found here.  

The review of applications for both positions will begin next week and will continue until they are filled.

Old Dominion University is hiring an Athletic Academic Advisor

Old Dominion University is hiring an Athletic Academic Advisor/Student-Athlete Development Coordinator working with Olympic Sports.  This position closes September 9th.  Details provided in the link below.

Virtual K-State Reception, October 6, 6pm – 8pm Central Time

The Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs is hosting a virtual K-State reception to be held by Zoom during the NACADA annual conference. Specifically, it will be from 6:00pm-8:00pm (Central Time) on October 6, 2020. You are invited to attend this reception even if you are not attending the NACADA conference, and you are welcome to participate for as little or as long as you would like during those two hours.

There will be formal remarks by K-State faculty and staff at the top of each hour (6:00pm and 7:00pm). The rest of our time together will be used to connect with each other, to share memories from the program, etc. We hope to see you at least for a short period of time at some point during those two hours!

Please contact Pam McGlynn if you would like the Zoom link.

Position Available at Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University is seeking a Manager of Advisement Training and Assessment. This position contributes to the professional and educational development of advisors and advising administrators through the management of the UVU Advisor Training and Certification program and provides performance management support; assesses the effectiveness of academic advising and coordinates the development of assessment resources to inform advising strategy and approaches; and investigates campus data sources to identify potential student outreach opportunities for advisors and offers support as they follow through on outreach campaigns.

For more information about the position and application procedures, please visit: