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Job Summary

The Pre-Health Academic Advisor within Academic Opportunities & Support assists and engages undergraduate students in pursuit of a liberal arts degree, with a specialty focus on Pre-Health advising. SAA 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. This position is primarily on-campus with possible allowances for occasional remote work after the probationary period, and reports to the Associate Director for Specialty Advising.

LSA Student Academic Affairs (SAA) engages students, fosters their success, and upholds academic standards in support of the liberal arts and the University of Michigan community. As a community of over sixty full-time higher education professionals, and in collaboration with key partners across the college and beyond, SAA aspires to be a valued resource and leader in support of the academic and personal experience of undergraduate students at the university. Overall, SAA is responsible for helping LSA undergraduates achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and science education afforded by the college. To accomplish this responsibility, LSA SAA is organized into the following areas: Office of the Assistant Dean, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, Academic Opportunities & Support, and Academic Policy & Technology.

Responsibilities*

The Pre-Health Academic Advisor in Academic Opportunities & Support is responsible for the individual engagement of students from orientation to graduation that is grounded in best practices and research in advising and student success. This 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. While advising students on a variety of college and university policies, resources, and programs, the Pre-Health Academic Advisor will also have responsibility for ongoing communication with advisees that encourages growth and development.

The successful candidate will play a key role in motivating and inspiring LSA students to explore and invest in the educational and intellectual breadth and depth of a liberal arts education, both inside and outside of the classroom. They will be expected to build relationships not only with their advisees, but also across the college and university, in order to support the academic and personal experience of the undergraduate student. 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.

The Pre-Health Academic Advisor is expected to maintain an assigned caseload of students as well as advise other undergraduate and graduate students interested in the health professions. They are also expected to collaborate with a team of academic advisors within the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center (Newnan) and across the university to provide support for students in the college and across the university.

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 LSA adviseesmake connections between their coursework and the Liberal Arts
  • Advise and mentor students as they consider and prepare for application to health career-related professional schools and programs 
  • 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
  • Design and implement academic workshops and group advising sessions
  • 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; respond to progress reports; plan appropriate outreach to students in academic difficulty; provide targeted information to student cohorts through use of the query tool
  • Communicate with faculty and other administrators as needed

Service to Newnan/Student Academic Affairs (20%)

  • Serve as a liaison to two or more 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 that responds 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

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university
  • Two years of college advising or counseling experience
  • Demonstrated ability to present in both individual and group settings
  • Demonstrated experience advising or mentoring college students
  • Knowledge of the pre-health professions and the ability to advise 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
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential materials and student information

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced degree in a liberal arts field, higher education, or area of study affording understanding of the undergraduate student experience
  • Degree in a science or health-related discipline
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education
  • Familiarity with higher education student information systems and their applications in academic advising

Salary is commensurate with direct advising experience and demonstrated past performance results.

Additional Information

A higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate's experience. 

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/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.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.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.