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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 the position, your advising philosophy and practice, and the skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a dual school department with innovative instructional, research, and scholarly activities connected to both the College of Engineering and the Medical School.  This growing department seeks to hire an Academic Counselor/Advisor to serve its large undergraduate and combined undergraduate/masters program student population.

Biomedical Engineering's Academic Advisor/Counselor plays a pivotal role in the lives of BME students.  With the unique opportunity to advise students from orientation through graduation, BME's Academic Advisor/Counselor motivates and inspires the department's students to select from among a variety of interdisciplinary concentrations in Biomedical Engineering and work toward meeting degree requirements in alignment with each student's career goals. 


Duties include advising new students, maintaining regular contact and providing consultation to assigned students until graduation, providing accurate information about degree requirements, department and college policies, procedures, resources, programs, curriculum, and serving as an informed overall resource for students for other matters related to their academic careers while enrolled.

Advising and consultation support will include conducting one-on-one appointments and exchanging e-mail with students, monitoring their progress, challenging them to invest fully in curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and contacting and referring students experiencing academic or personal difficulty to the appropriate resource(s). The Academic Advisor/Counselor will also plan student educational and orientation sessions and serve as support to the department's Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC), working with committee leads to process curriculum changes and updates.  This role will also engage with and promote other programs supporting students within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the College of Engineering, Medical School, and other units as appropriate.

Included in this Academic Advisor/Counselor role may be participation in the planning and coordination of student-supporting events and initiatives, alumni engagement, recruitment activities, classroom and testing site scheduling, and providing information related to unit programs for the CoE Bulletin.  During key review cycles, this role will serve as the key coordinator and support lead for ABET accreditation reviews, working with faculty leads to collect and compile information about BME's academic programs and instruction.  The Academic Advisor/Coordinator will supervise student peer advisors and represent the department and engage with other College and University personnel in professional development activities, university functions, and other events related to undergraduate education and more.

BME seeks an industrious, energetic individual with demonstrated experience and zeal to work with undergraduate students interested in biologic, engineering, and health care disciplines while fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a student services and advising or related administration or higher education support area; demonstrated advising/mentoring skills; collaborative work style and team-building skills; ability to work with diverse constituencies; ability to lead groups; ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation; ability to deliver timely, accurate and precise information in a multi-task environment; excellent judgment and respect for confidentiality; familiarity with technology and its application in an academic advising setting.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree with experience in an academic counseling discipline or higher education with extensive experience in advising, teaching, or mentoring college students.  Familiarity with UM student services support functions, pre-health preparation requirements, experience in classroom scheduling and engagement in support roles for undergraduate programs. Experience with CRAS data sets and working with instructor, enrollment, and other data sets in a higher education environment.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: .

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: .

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.