Education Abroad Advisor

Global Connections 


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin.  Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible.  UW-RF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges:  Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities.  A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students.  Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.

The Position: Education Abroad Advisor, Global Connections Office

Specific Responsibilities:  

  • Serve as the primary adviser for all UWRF education abroad students.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all education abroad programs offered by UWRF.
  • Take regular appointments to discuss, advise, and direct students to the appropriate education abroad opportunities and resources.
  • Identify and support efforts to increase the number of students of multicultural heritage who have a global experience.
  • Assist students in the application process.
  • Review student's DAR and course work plan and advise them on the education abroad program that works best for them and their major.
  • Conduct program-specific group advising or group information sessions for Global Connections/UW-River Falls education abroad programs.
  • Advise students on foreign entry requirements (visas, other specific documentation) for specific countries of interest.
  • Coordinate and conduct all education abroad orientation sessions and assist students while abroad with special needs/requests; create and keep updated orientation materials (manuals, website information, resources, online orientation components).
  • Work with GC Director/Staff to develop strategies for marketing options for education abroad to UWRF students.
  • Assist students with the Transfer Credit Approval Form; meet with Department Chairs or College Deans as necessary to determine credit equivalencies when students have course changes and are already abroad.
  • Advise and support students with international credit transfer via the processes utilized by the Registrar's Office. Update informational materials (website, etc.) as needed.
  • Maintain the GC website and Studio Abroad information pages, including any special graphics work or coding deemed necessary.

Qualifications (Required):

  • A Bachelor's degree in any area is required; a Master's degree in an internationally-related field is preferred.  
  • At least 3-5 years experience advising and/or teaching students
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):

  • The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and organizational skills, plus will be culturally sensitive and able to work effectively with individuals from around the globe.
  • An intermediate or advanced working knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Office, is required. Additional computer skills, such as webpage design, graphics design, and digital video editing, are preferred. 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills in English, including polished and engaging public speaking abilities, are required. 

To Apply:

Online applications are required at:

Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.  Also include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation.

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Ryan Bench, Search and Screen Committee Chair

Manager of Transfer Credits, Registrar's Office

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin on once the position is posted and official review will begin on March 1, 2013.  For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by this date.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.  Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UW - River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.  All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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