In a typical day I do any or all of the following:
Finalize Graduate Student Applications for Admission, assign Academic Advisors, Schedule Orientations & meetings, Order, document, and file Text Books. Process all Graduate and Undergraduate Forms. Monitor and Update calendars. Create PhD Funding Calculators and Compose Funding/Acceptance letters. Admin Assist Grad & Undergrad Students, Faculty, Graduate Coordinator, Dept. Assoc. Chairs, & ABET Auditors. Annual AECE Academy Coordinator, Advancement, PhD Qualifying, Final Exam & Community College Exams Coordinator. Coordination of Department Tours and Room Reservations. Schedule events, tours, rental vehicles, catering etc. for Summer Research Groups. Update the Department Website & Digital Signage. Scholarships, Student Files, Prerequisite Reports, Credit Hour Teaching Reports, Graduate Reports, Senior Assessment & Senior Surveys.
Never having worked in Academia, the most difficult part of the job was the initial understanding of all aspects of University Policy, Processes, Protocols, Software, and Web Applications.
The work days are tremendously busy at the beginning and end of semesters with high expectations of accountability, attention to detail, organization & and efficiency with which I excel and thrive.
The most enjoyable part is the camaraderie and staff teamwork and working with a large variety of cultural backgrounds. I also very much enjoy being of service to faculty and helping students.