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PreProfessional Advising Office - Academic Advising Center


University of Utah

Date Posted:

Jul 1 2021 9:28AM

Close Date:

Sept 1 2021

Position Description

The PreProfessional Advising (PPA) Office is the home for students interested in pursuing professional schools. PPA advises for prelaw and eleven different health professions. This position advises a diverse population of students who are interested in pursuing specified preprofessional courses of study (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy, etc), in order to provide information and guidance on a range of academic issues, including admission to graduate programs in health-related professions. In addition to advising, this individual will have opportunities to teach, supervise, and conduct event planning. This individual must have considerable experience with academic advising for undergraduate students, understanding of technology tools that would translate to the academic advising environment, and well-developed written and oral communication skills for large and small group presentations. While the current work of the Academic Advising Center’s staff is being done remotely, all staff — including the candidate selected for hire — will resume their duties on-campus when normal operations begin again.


1. Advise students who are interested in pursuing specified preprofessional courses of study, provide information and guidance on academic-related issues such as preprofessional program admission requirements and processes, graduation requirements, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation/substitution, and major exploration.
2. Identify and implement strategies to recruit and retain the number of students from underserved populations (e.g., women and students of color) who potentially apply to medical and other professional schools.
3. Coordinate the annual student-run PreMed/PrePA Conference held every spring semester; select, supervise, and mentor student committee
4. Develop and/or presents education programs designed to supplement or enhance academic preparedness (eg. premed information session, recruitment presentations).
5. Supervise one lower-level advising staff and/or student employees and participate in hiring, training and evaluating those employees.
6. Teach preprofessional courses at the university (UGS 1020: Intro to PreMed/PrePA, UGS 1030: Intro to PreDental, and/or UGS 1021: Applying to Medical School)
7. Coordinate and/or participates in the advising-related portion of new student orientation sessions.
8. Serve on university committees and makes recommendations that affect curriculum requirements, advising processes, and program development and published materials. May meet with representatives of preprofessional programs from institutions throughout the country.
9. Other duties as assigned; some responsibilities may change in the future as office needs evolve.
10. Some travel may be required.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking. Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Application Process

Institution Information

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Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: Director/ Title IX Coordinator Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA) 135 Park Building Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801-581-8365
Online reports may be submitted at For more information: To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Contact Information

Shelley Nicholson


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree a related area plus three years experience in academic advising, guidance and counseling or equivalency; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Master’s degree and significant supervision and advising experience preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree. Experience in supervision, advising, event planning, and teaching in a higher education environment.