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Academic Advisor in BioHealth Sciences

Categories: Northwest Region 8




Oregon State University

Date Posted:

Jul 2 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

Oct 1, 2019

Position Description

The Dept. of Microbiology at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month Academic Advisor position in our BioHealth Sciences (BHS) undergraduate program and within the School of Life Sciences (SLS). This position works with a team of advisors to provide academic advising for pre-health professional undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate students in the BioHealth Sciences degree, and provides support as needed to the undergraduate Microbiology degree or other undergraduate majors in the School of Life Sciences (SLS), such as Biology, Zoology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Contact with students occurs in multiple formats including phone and email correspondence, as well as individual and group advising as well as classroom settings. Advising includes support for orientation and capstone courses that provide students with the resources to be successful in their academic career at OSU and in their chosen profession. The successful applicant will also work within the SLS and Department of Microbiology to recruit underrepresented groups and support and develop cohort-based programs to support students from diverse backgrounds.


75% Advise and mentor Biohealth Sciences and School of Life Sciences undergraduate students for academic success:

  • Advise on baccalaureate core and major requirements related to degree completion, and preparation for professional school applications. The BHS major has options that include pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre- physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre- pharmacy, pre-medicine and pre-clinical laboratory science. A primary focus will be advising undergraduate and post-bacc students, performing degree audits, assisting with course selection and registration, career counseling, and making academic and personal referrals to other university and community resources.
  • Assist students with academic planning, which may include resolving problems related to curriculum, mentoring students in negative standing, enforcing university and college academic standards, suggesting corrective actions when necessary and educating students about experiential learning opportunities.
  • Assist students with the application process to professional schools, including writing letters of reference.
  • Coordinate the application process for pre-dental students across the university.
  • Liaison and network with professional schools and programs.
  • Orient new incoming first-year and transfer students to university and department procedures, resources and support, which includes organizing and participating in START sessions.
  • Advise the pre-dental club as well as other student organizations/clubs with an interest in health sciences (e.g., the BHS club).
  • Develop intervention strategies designed to improve undergraduate academic success and student persistence within the SLS, COS and in other university-wide programs such as the CAMP, LSAMP, and STEM Leaders Program.

20% Recruitment, Retention and Assessment:

  • Represent the COS, SLS and Department of Microbiology in recruitment and retention efforts. Actively recruit students through participation in university and college-sponsored programs and events, and communicate with prospective students in person or via phone/email.
  • Actively contribute to BHS, Microbiology and SLS curriculum and program development and enhancement, including development of assessment tools and collection and analysis of data for BHS.
  • Serve on Microbiology, COS, SLS and/or University committees.
  • Manage and assess acceptance data from incoming transfer and freshman students.

5% Other duties as assigned to support the SLS, the Department of Microbiology and the BioHealth Sciences program in their effort to serve undergraduate students.

Application Process

To apply:

Institution Information

Oregon State University,

Additional Information

Oregon State University’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan ( articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing student success.

Contact Information

Mary Fulton


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in fields such as: General Science or Life Sciences degrees (e.g. Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Molecular Biology, Zoology).
  • One (1) year of experience in undergraduate academic advising, student activities programming, teaching or counseling in a college or university setting.
  • Excellent computer skills with ability to use or learn MS Outlook, Web for Advisers, Banner, and GQL Data Warehouse. Competency in e-mail and internet skills, word processing (MS Word), spreadsheet (MS Excel), and a web browser.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and direction or as a team-member.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work accurately with student records.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to create strong professional relationships in teamwork settings.
  • Experience organizing programs, planning events, preparing advising materials, and communicating with other advisors and program heads.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel to student recruiting events held locally and nationally.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Science or in Student Services related area or education.
  • Experience supporting, guiding, or advising international students.
  • Experience with program assessment.
  • Knowledge related to application and admissions processes in health professions such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.
  • Previous employment in a field related to life sciences.
  • Experience with Web for Advisors, MyDegrees, CORE, Banner or other advising and student services technologies.
  • A current and valid driver’s license is preferred in order to travel to and from student recruiting events.