Job Positions

Head Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8

Department:

Horticulture

Institution:

Oregon State University

Date Posted:

Dec 21 2020 10:26AM

Close Date:

Jan 18 2021
 

Position Description

The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University invites applications for an Instructor (.50 FTE) and Head Advisor (.50 FTE) position. One appointee will be hired to fill both positions which will result in a combined full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term appointment. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This position is responsible for advising undergraduate students in Horticulture and Entomology, managing the undergraduate curriculum, and overseeing programmatic efforts aimed at student success, career development, recruitment, and diversity, equity and inclusion. These efforts are integrated with teaching both on campus and online courses.

The main role of the position is to help both on campus and online students negotiate the undergraduate degree experience and to facilitate their future professional success. The position engages people of all backgrounds in a variety of modes including face-to-face conversations, group meetings, and written communication. Much of the advising takes the form of direct one-on-one meetings with students (either face-to-face or via Zoom). This is closely integrated with and supported by formal teaching related to career exploration and professional development.

The Department of Horticulture (https://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/) offers a Bachelor of Science degree at the Corvallis Campus and via Ecampus. Our students and faculty have diverse backgrounds, and they come from all over Oregon, the United States, and the world. They also have a broad range of interests and expertise related to horticulture. The program emphasizes experiential learning and real-world problem solving. The department is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences (https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/), which prepares the next generation of leaders in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences. It is committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in ways that integrate academic mastery with practical skills and experience.

Duties

45% Advising
Serve as Head Advisor for all undergraduate students enrolled on campus in Horticulture majors as well as Horticulture and Entomology minors. The Head Advisor will train and supervise the Advisor who works with undergraduate students enrolled in the Horticulture Ecampus program. The Head Advisor is also responsible for outreach and recruitment of undergraduates, which includes development of websites, promotional materials, and presentations at off campus events.  In addition, the Head Advisor will assist Horticulture students with job placement and prospective employers with recruiting. The Head Advisor duties also include tracking and evaluating student progress through the development of and use of databases for the preparation the Annual University Assessment Report for the Department of Horticulture’s undergraduate program.

45% Teaching and Curriculum Development
The Head Advisor is responsible for teaching face-to-face and Ecampus courses related to professional development. These courses include: 1) an introductory exploration of the horticulture profession; 2) a course on professional skills such as resume writing, interviewing, and professional conduct. This course is directly integrated with completion of an internship or research project; 3) a course on oral communication skills. 

10% Service
The Head Advisor will serve as the Chair the Department of Horticulture Curriculum Committee and will serve on the Entomology Program Curriculum Committee. The Head Advisor will also Chair the Scholarship Committee for the Department of Horticulture and serve as the department representative on several college committees, including the Advising Assessment Workgroup and the Teaching and Learning Initiative Work Group. The Head Advisor may also be requested to serve on additional departmental, college and university committees and provide service to the community.

Application Process

Please go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/96697  to view the posting and apply. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 01/10/2021. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. You will also be asked supplemental questions.

Institution Information

The Department of Horticulture (https://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/) offers a Bachelor of Science degree at the Corvallis Campus and via Ecampus. Our students and faculty have diverse backgrounds, and they come from all over Oregon, the United States, and the world. They also have a broad range of interests and expertise related to horticulture. The program emphasizes experiential learning and real-world problem solving. The department is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences (https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/), which prepares the next generation of leaders in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences. It is committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in ways that integrate academic mastery with practical skills and experience.

Additional Information

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Contact Information

For additional information please contact: John Lambrinos at john.lambrinos@oregonstate.edu

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in a STEM or related field.
  • Experience advising students in a higher education environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience teaching at the university level.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management, multi-tasking, and planning capabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with course or program assessment.
  • Strong self-motivated approach and ability to work in a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement best practices for student retention and success.