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Pre-Health Academic Advisor
How to Apply
NOTE: A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume in a single document to be uploaded in the online application. The cover letter should address your specific interest in advising students pursuing careers in Pre-Health professions, as well as the skills and experiences that directly relate to advising.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for this Pre-Health Academic Advisor (JO #242227) position.
The Academic Advisor within the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center supports and engages undergraduate students in pursuit of a liberal arts degree. Newnan plays a critical role in the undergraduate educational mission of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan. As the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, LSA serves over 17,000 undergraduate students in over 100 degree programs.
Newnan engages students and fosters their success in support of the liberal arts and the University of Michigan community. As a community of over thirty higher education professionals, and in collaboration with key partners across the college and beyond, Newnan aspires to be a valued resource and leader in support of the academic and personal experience of undergraduate students at the university.
This position is currently eligible for flexible scheduling and remote work opportunities (1-2 days/week remote) as determined by LSA policy and unit operational needs.
The Pre-Health Academic Advisor specializes in the advisement of undergraduate and graduate students who are exploring the health professions and preparing applications to medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, public health, and other health career professional programs. They are expected to work with students at every stage of interest in the Pre-Professional process, including advising and referring to appropriate university resources when necessary. This advisor is also expected to collaborate with a team of academic, major, and professional advisors across the university to provide support for students within and outside of LSA.
The Pre-Health Academic Advisor will develop and facilitate workshops and presentations as well as group sessions on topics of interest to Pre-Health students. This advisor will evaluate student progress in exploration, application, and next steps as they navigate the robust options of Pre-Health professions while being responsible for ongoing communication that encourages growth and development. They will also be expected to cultivate and contribute to a culture that is welcoming, supportive, and responsive to the diverse identities of our students and staff.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY (KARs) - Detailed Characteristic Duties
Individual Student Advising - Face to Face [Direct] (50%)
- Assist students in their self-assessment of interests and skills pertinent to academic work, co-curricular interests, and career options
- Help students make connections between their coursework and the Liberal Arts
- Advise and mentor students as they consider and prepare applications to health career-related professional schools and programs, including assisting students with application materials
- Provide accurate information about College courses and curriculum
- Provide accurate information about College and University policies, procedures, resources and programs
- Serve as an informed resource for students and make referrals when appropriate
- Advise students regarding course selection during the Summer, Fall, and Winter Orientation and Registration programs
- Alert students to options and new opportunities consistent with their growth and development
Individual Student Advising - Administrative Activities [Indirect] (30%)
- Maintain timely and accurate records of interactions with students, referrals, exceptions to standard procedures, and decisions affecting degree progress
- Maintain contact through email with advisees throughout their time at UM - respond to student inquiries; alert students to options and new opportunities consistent with their growth and development; plan appropriate outreach to students in academic difficulty; provide targeted information to student cohorts through use of the query tool
- Communicate with faculty, campus partners, and other administrators as needed
Service to Newnan/Student Academic Affairs (20%)
- Serve as a liaison to other science or pre-health-related UM academic units, schools, colleges, or administrative units
- Represent the Newnan and/or the college by establishing and maintaining relationships with both internal and external schools, programs, and professional organizations related to the health professions
- Contribute to the design and/or delivery of pre-health programming, workshops, and events that respond to the current needs of students as well as current trends.
- Contribute to the development and maintenance of print and web resources
- Represent Newnan and/or the college at recruitment and retention activities and events
- Serve on committees, task forces, and working groups as time and interests allow
General supervision is received from the Associate Director for Pre-Professional Advising within the LSA Academic Advising Center.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university and 2-3 years relevant experience
- Experience advising or mentoring college students
- Interested in advising pre-medical and other pre-health students within a liberal arts college
- Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities
- Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team environment
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff, and faculty
- Demonstrated ability to present in individual and both small and large group settings
- Strong organizational and communication skills
- Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential materials and student information
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College's Values, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about LSA's Strategic Vision visit https://lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision. Details regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA can be found at https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.html.
The University of Michigan and LSA are committed to the ongoing development of a workplace culture supportive of personal and family life, which includes benefits, resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility. SAA strives to support work flexibility options while maintaining a high level of on-campus student support in alignment with the college's residential experience. To learn more about the University's generous and competitive benefits package visit https://careers.umich.edu/benefits/.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
- Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
- Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
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