Under the general direction of the Undergraduate Program Director, the Academic Advisor I is responsible for providing academic advising services to all undergraduate majors in the Department of Biological Sciences and is specifically assigned junior and senior majors within the department. The advisor works cooperatively with the Associate Chair and the Chair to set goals and provide solutions to advising issues that affect the quality of service to undergraduate students in Biological Sciences. The Academic Advisor I assists in the development of programs and events for prospective and current students and provides support in the management of undergraduate student programming. The Advisor conducts special studies as required to include summarization, analysis and interpretation of data.
Serve as assigned advisor primarily to junior and senior Biological Science majors.
Leverage effective caseload management strategies for proactive interventions and support, especially to at-risk Biological Science majors.
Utilize the Blue Hen Success platform to track student advisement; Conduct proactive outreach and communications to Biology majors; Communicate key information to students, such as experimental labs, upper level literature-based courses and new course offering details.
Assist advisees with course selection, registration questions and academic/career options. Utilize UDSIS academic tools such as the what-if report, degree audit and unofficial transcript in supporting advisees.
Analyze degree audits and conduct timely reviews and outreach to advisees to ensure satisfactory progress towards degree completion, with an emphasis on the university’s Finish in Four initiative.
Interpret and explain academic policies and procedures to advisees, parents and faculty. Provide guidance on institutional forms and processes such as overload petitions.
Be knowledgeable of university resources and proactively connect advisees to campus support office.
At times, help department faculty with questions involving UDSIS/Blue Hen Success and with other general academic/advising questions.
Work collaboratively with college and university partners, such as Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) and Registrar’s Office. Participate in the annual meeting with UAS to review and update advising plan as needed.
Support undergraduate recruitment, new student orientation and department participation in events such as convocation, Discovery Days, Decision Days, Blue & Golden Days.
Assist the Undergraduate Program Director in planning and running information meetings for biology majors regarding careers, graduate school and degree planning.
During non-peak advisement times, assist the Associate Chair with course scheduling and managing waitlists and reserve caps for registration.
During non-peak advisement times, assist the Undergraduate Program Director with updating the undergraduate programs website.
Assist faculty and staff with the Bio Ambassador Program.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling or related field and two years of academic advising experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Effective leadership, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to evaluate student transcripts and/or records.
Ability to grasp, retain, and disseminate an extensive and varied body of information.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and employ decision making skills.
Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion and student recruitment and retention issues.
Ability to communicate to student course prerequisites, certification, and/or curriculum/graduation requirements.
Advanced working knowledge of advisement policies, procedures, systems, regulations and standards at the university level.
Proficient computer skills including use of presentation software, Excel, Access.
Experience with UDSIS and/or Blue Hen Success platform preferred.
Ability to execute responsibility in academic advisement.
Ability to work cooperatively with faculty, staff and administrators to achieve goals.
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