Job Positions

Academic Adviser 3

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Nutritional Sciences


The Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted:

April 29 2022

Close Date:

June 1 2022

Position Description

This position fills the role of Academic Advisor to the Nutritional Sciences major, which includes 3 options (tracks) including an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) approved track in Nutrition and Dietetics. The person in this position is expected to have a sound understanding of the profession and its many opportunities, be able to interface with Health and Human Development (HHD) advising center, contribute to recruitment and retention, and be able to interface with academic advisers in other departments of the College of Health and Human Development. Because the student enrollment is relatively small, the position will include, besides student-focused advising, the development of career counseling sessions and communications regarding professional development opportunities, and assistance with the organization of student activities and recognition events. The ideal candidate will have had some training and/or work experience related to the profession of nutritional sciences (research, teaching, business, regulatory affairs, or service) and will be able to quickly learn and contribute to a culture of excellence in academic advising at Penn State. A commitment to the practice of ethics, fairness, collegiality, inclusion, teamwork, and diversity is essential, as is an understanding of the confidentiality required for academic advising.


The Academic Adviser serves as a liaison among students, faculty, staff, campus, and University constituents. The ideal candidate for Academic Advisor will have familiarity with the following knowledge domains, an understanding of basic procedures and practices, and ability to quickly learn processes used by the university and department for advising services: Understand the structure of the undergraduate major, its 3 options (tracks) and the prerequisites for efficient progression to degree in each option l Be able to quickly understand the scope of nutrition courses taught at Campuses within the Penn State system, and the appropriate course prerequisites and substitutions l l Learn and be able to interpret university policies and procedures to students and faculty Be proficient with computerized data analytics for establishing advising appointments, monitoring student progress, and sending updates to students via Canvas (course management system) l Schedule regular office hours for face to face advising and remote advising meetings as needed; maintain timely records of student contacts and meeting outcomes l Participate in College/Departmental recruitment activities including New Student Orientation (NSO), Accepted Student Programs (ASPs), Spend a Summer Day (SASD), and Majors Night l Understand and promote dual majors with Nutritional Sciences as one of the majors, the minor in Nutritional Sciences. Work with research and teaching faculty to establish career-focused mentoring activities for all 3 options l Work with the HHD Advising Center to “onboard” student applicants, meet with accepted students, participate in family visitation days, and promote CQI for HHD advising l l Be willing to pilot new events for reaching prospective students and engaging alumni.

Application Process

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. For more information on Nutritional Sciences, please visit:

Institution Information

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Additional Information

The department advising unit comprises one full time academic advisor, with supporting contributions made by faculty who are responsible for particular aspects of the major (Honors advising, director of undergraduate studies, and the dietetics practice option, research supervisors) Penn

Contact Information

Cathy Ross,


Required Qualifications

This position typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A Master’s degree related either to nutrition or to academic advising is preferred.
Candidate should have experience/proven ability to learn quickly, be self-motivated and task oriented, have excellent time management skills, and be a team player.

Preferred Qualifications

If the candidate selected has the appropriate background for teaching, there may be an opportunity to teach a course in an area related to professional development.
Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and electronic communications) are essential.
Familiarity with Penn State-specific programs (LionPath; Starfish; Canvas) is not required prior to being hired, but the ability to quickly learn and effectively use these systems is essential.