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100748-AS/Academic Advisors

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5





Date Posted:

Oct 28 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

November 11, 2019

Position Description

The Departments of Biochemistry and Bacteriology are seeking two motivated, caring individuals to join our undergraduate student services team. The Departments are establishing a hub of shared student services expertise to be located within the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex, serving both Biochemistry and Microbiology majors. These positions are part of the team that provides advising and associated student services for a diverse population of approximately 800 – 900 undergraduate students from across CALS and L&S, including declared Biochemistry and Microbiology majors, and those interested in the majors. As a member of this newly established hub, the successful candidates will join and support a diverse community of scholars, researchers, educators, and students committed to the Wisconsin Idea, creating an inclusive and diverse community, and striving for scientific innovation and educational excellence. UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability.


(75%) Serve as an Academic Advisor for Majors The person in this position will work with the other advisors for the biochemistry and microbiology majors to provide advising for students in the majors and to provide information to students considering the majors.
Specific duties include:
-Provide advising and student services for the majors, including information about degree requirements, course options, research opportunities, post-graduate opportunities, and other education enrichment opportunities
-Assist advisees in developing their educational and career goals
-Provide advising to students considering major declaration
-Interpret and provide accurate and timely information to students regarding University and College requirements and policies
-Maintain communication with advising groups across campus to keep abreast of current issues. Provide appropriate referrals to resources that will enhance student academic success
-Monitor student progress and initiate discussion to aid those near or in academic distress
-Participate in building courses in the Timetable
-Participate in issuing course proposals/changes
-Use university data resources to anticipate and identify advising needs of assigned advisee population
-Participate in the creation, maintenance, and/or distribution of print, electronic, and other information pertaining to the majors, including promotional materials
-Participate in research, development, and/or implementation of approaches for improving and enriching advising and academic services for the majors
-Participate in the creation and/or maintenance of departmental level reports for both Biochemistry and Bacteriology
-Maintain knowledge of academic policies and procedures in both CALS and L&S
-Participate in the creation and/or maintenance of college level reports
-Participate in college-level advising team(s)
-Participate in advising at SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration)
-Represent and promote the major(s) at the Majors Fair and other campus-wide events
(25%) Other Duties
-Assist with special/targeted assignments and/or projects which support the student services mission and needs as assigned
-Contribute to data gathering, analysis, assessment, and reporting about student experiences and progress as requested.
-Participate in committee service related to the majors
-Other duties as assigned

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Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required.

Preferred Qualifications

DEGREE AND AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: Bachelor's degree required. Undergraduate or graduate education in the biological sciences and/or additional background in student advising, educational or counseling psychology, or another field related to job responsibilities are desirable.
MINIMUM YEARS AND TYPE OF RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE: Previous experience in academic advising, student services or related field is required.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate:
-Excellent interpersonal and listening skills; a commitment to diversity; and a student-focused approach
-Strong organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to problem-solve, multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines; attention to accuracy and detail
-A collegial style, with the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students at a large research university, as well as prospective students and their families
-Professional written and oral communication skills; ability to organize and communicate complex information effectively
-Familiarity with electronic and internet-based communications, including word processing software, presentation software, etc.
-Experience building cross-campus or comparable relationships is desired