This position is responsible for advising and teaching in the program. The position provides academic advising to admitted students to support the retention and academic progress of students in the MBS degree program. The adviser is expected to have broad familiarity with biological sciences in order to advise students on curricular planning and academic progress. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. This position is being posted at the both Academic Advisor (9708) and Senior Academic Advisor (9707) levels. Appointment will be made based on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Priority deadline of March 3, 2021.
Academic Advising (70%)
Provide the full range of advising services in person or virtually to current students with flexibility to accommodate the needs of working adults. Maintain detailed advising notes using University systems, such as APLUS. Participate in virtual and in-person educational fairs for prospective students.
Develop a degree completion plan with each advisee by evaluating any previous course work and assisting students in understanding degree requirements. Provide career advice; discuss career goals and direction of students’ plan of study to help support these goals.
Serve on the MBS admissions committee and advisory board. Keep all members of the team apprised of student progress, issues, and accomplishments. Stay informed about and help implement programmatic and policy changes. Contribute ideas for curriculum development and delivery based on curricular needs.
Maintain relationships with other university academic units and labs in the biological sciences in an effort to pair students with faculty researchers as advisers and coordinate internship opportunities.
Facilitate the relationship between students and potential research mentors for Directed Study, Directed Research, and Capstone projects. Connect students pursuing the Plan B option with potential faculty to serve as committee members or research mentors for their capstone projects.
Provide in-person and online instruction for MBS courses totaling 7-8 credits per 12 month-academic year. Expected credits include introductory, capstone, and seminar courses on a yearly rotation. Teach additional courses as needed.
Update and revise courses to stay current with research findings in the field, professional and academic requirements, workforce trends, and to support the program curriculum.
Effectively use technology to enhance curriculum delivery and accessibility to accommodate working adult students. Utilize pedagogical best practices for this audience.
Hold regular office hours (physical and virtual) at times convenient to students.
Doctoral degree in a biological sciences field
Teaching experience in a higher education setting
Professional writing skills demonstrated by publications in peer reviewed journals and/or teaching or editing scientific writing
Demonstrated familiarity with the breadth of biological sciences fields
Must be able to teach at scheduled class times, including evenings, and arrange office hours at times convenient for students
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity
Demonstrated strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
Experience with adult and part-time students in a higher education setting
Knowledge of University of Minnesota programs and services
Experience teaching in an online environment
Experience with curriculum development
Internal Number: 338895
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