Job Positions

Pre-Health Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Academic Opportunities and Support


University of Michigan

Date Posted:

Sep 24 2021 1:19PM

Close Date:

Oct 14 2021

Position Description

The pre-health academic advisor in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center is responsible for the individual engagement of students from orientation to graduation that is grounded in best practices and research in advising and student success. This advisor specializes in the advisement of undergraduate and graduate students who are exploring the health professions and preparing applications to medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, public health, and other health career professional programs. While advising students on a variety of college and university policies, resources, and programs, the pre-health academic advisor will also have responsibility for ongoing communication with advisees that encourages growth and development. The successful candidate will play a key role in motivating and inspiring LSA students to explore and invest in the educational and intellectual breadth and depth of a liberal arts education, both inside and outside of the classroom. They will be expected to build relationships not only with their advisees, but also across the college and university, in order to support the academic and personal experience of the undergraduate student. They will also be expected to cultivate and contribute to a culture that is welcoming, supportive, and responsive to the diverse identities of our students and staff. The pre-health academic advisor is expected to maintain an assigned caseload of students as well as advise other undergraduate and graduate students interested in the health professions. They are also expected to collaborate with a team of academic advisors within Newnan and across the university to provide support for students in the college and across the university.


Individual Student Advising - Face to Face [Direct] (50%)
Assist students in their self-assessment of interests and skills pertinent to academic work, co-curricular interests, and career options
Help LSA advisees make connections between their coursework and the Liberal Arts Advise and guide students as they consider and prepare for application to health career-related professional schools and programs. Provide accurate information about College courses and curriculum Inform students about College and University policies, procedures, resources and programs, and make referrals when appropriate
Advise students regarding course selection during the Summer, Fall, and Winter Orientation and Registration programs
Design and implement academic workshops and group advising sessions
Alert students to options and new opportunities consistent with their growth and development

Individual Student Advising - Administrative Activities [Indirect] (30%)
Maintain timely and accurate records of interactions with students, referrals, exceptions to standard procedures, and decisions affecting degree progress
Maintain contact through email with advisees throughout their time at UM - respond to student inquiries; respond to progress reports; plan appropriate outreach to students in academic difficulty; provide targeted information to student cohorts through use of the query tool
Communicate with faculty and other administrators as needed

Service to Newnan/Student Academic Affairs (20%)
Serve as a liaison to two or more science or pre-health-related UM academic units, schools, colleges, or administrative units
Represent the Newnan and/or the college by establishing and maintaining relationships with both internal and external schools, programs, and professional organizations related to the health professions
Contribute to the design and/or delivery of pre-health programming that responds to the current needs of students as well as current trends. Contribute to the development and maintenance of print and web resources Represent Newnan and/or the college at recruitment and retention activities and events
Serve on committees, task forces, and working groups as time and interests allow

Application Process

Institution Information

The pre-health Academic Advisor within Academic Opportunities & Support assists and engages undergraduate students in pursuit of a liberal arts degree, with a specialty focus on pre-health advising. Student Academic Affairs (SAA) plays a critical role in the undergraduate educational mission of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan. As the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, LSA serves over 17,000 undergraduate students in over 100 degree programs. This position is primarily on-campus with possible allowances for occasional remote work after the probationary period, and reports to the Associate Director, Academic Opportunities and Support. SAA engages students, fosters their success, and upholds academic standards in support of the liberal arts and the University of Michigan community. As a community of over sixty full-time higher education professionals, and in collaboration with key partners across the college and beyond, SAA aspires to be a valued resource and leader in support of the academic and personal experience of undergraduate students at the university. Overall, SAA is responsible for helping LSA undergraduates achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and science education afforded by the college. To accomplish this responsibility, LSA SAA is organized into the following areas: Office of the Assistant Dean, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, Academic Opportunities & Support, and Academic Policy & Technology.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Values, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision visit Details regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA can be found at The University of Michigan and LSA are committed to the ongoing development of a workplace culture supportive of personal and family life, which includes benefits, resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility. SAA strives to support work flexibility options while maintaining a high level of on-campus student support in alignment with the college’s residential experience. To learn more about the University’s generous and competitive benefits package visit The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Contact Information

Ebony Green, Ed.D. Director, Academic Opportunities and Support LSA SAA


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university
Two years of college advising or counseling experience
Experience advising college students for application to advanced education and/or professional programs Exhibited interest in advising college students interested in pre-health professions
Demonstrated ability to present in both individual and group settings
Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities
Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team environment
Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff, and faculty
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential materials and student information

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree in a liberal arts field, higher education, or area of study affording understanding of the undergraduate student experience
Degree in a science or health-related discipline
Experience advising college students for application to pre-health programs
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Knowledge of the purposes and objectives of a liberal arts education
Familiarity with higher education student information systems and their applications in academic advising