Job Positions

Academic Advisor Pre-Health

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Dean Ogden College


Western Kentucky University

Date Posted:

May 10 2022 3:34PM

Close Date:

Jul 10 2022

Position Description

The Pre-health Academic Advisor is the Ogden College of Science and Engineering (OCSE) advisor for pre-health professions students. The Pre-health Academic Advisor performs a variety of highly complex advising duties that require a high level of initiative, accuracy, judgment, knowledge, and discretion as necessary to support students in pre-health professions programs. This position reports to the Associate Dean.


The following duties are customary for this position but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned at the discretion of the dean (or designee). Develop academic plans that meet the requirements for the particular professional schools (medicine, dental, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, etc.). Remain current and knowledgeable concerning the ever-changing landscape of health professions advising. Maintain membership in the National Association of Advisors for Health Professions (NAAHP). Serve as the academic advisor for pre-health professions students in OCSE. Monitor progress toward application including MCAT prep, job shadowing, service, and committee development. Track student applications to and acceptances into health profession programs. Assist with operations of Pre-Health Advisors Committee. Network and maintain connections with admissions staff at the various health professions schools in our region. Contribute to recruitment and advising initiatives in the college such as T.O.P., Master Plan, Preview Day, and Head for the Hill. Coordinate professional school visits by their representatives with appropriate groups of students. Maintain web page for the OCSE Health Professions Advising Center (

Application Process

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system:
Cover Letter
You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about July 1, 2022. Apply at

Institution Information

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,567 students (29% first generation, 17% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,600 faculty and staff employees. Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities. Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home. Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at

Additional Information

Salary: $38,000 - $40,000
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment. Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices. Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121. The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Andrea Anderson, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5398. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU''s website. Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:

Contact Information


Required Qualifications

Master's Degree in higher education student affairs, educational administration, counseling or related field and at least one year of academic advising experience OR a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of academic advising experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Considered Essential for Success
Capability to maintain the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, accountability, cooperation, and customer service. Ability to plan, schedule, and prioritize work activities and assignments to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in meeting required deadlines (i.e. successful project management). Possess and demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills with an ability to work with a wide spectrum of individuals in a diverse setting. Possess excellent listening, written, and verbal communication skills. Possess computer literacy and proficiency to include Microsoft Office Suite. Strong decision making and problem-solving skills.