Duties / Responsibilities:
75% Advise and mentor on-campus and distance-degree BioHealth Sciences undergraduate students for academic success:
Advise students on baccalaureate core and major requirements related to degree completion. A primary focus will be advising undergraduate and post-bacc students, performing degree audits, assisting with course selection and registration, career counseling, and making academic and personal referrals to other university and community resources.
Assist students with academic planning, which may include resolving problems related to curriculum, mentoring students in negative standing, enforcing university and college academic standards, suggesting corrective actions when necessary and educating students about experiential learning opportunities.
Orient new incoming first-year and transfer students to university and department procedures, resources and support, which includes organizing and participating in START sessions.
Advise student organizations/clubs with an interest in health sciences (e.g., the BHS club).
20% Recruitment and Retention
Represent the COS, SLS and Department of Microbiology in recruitment and retention efforts. Actively recruit students through participation in university and college-sponsored programs and events, and communicate with prospective students in person or via phone/email.
Develop intervention strategies designed to improve undergraduate academic success and student persistence within the School of Life Sciences (SLS), College of Science and in other university-wide programs such as the CAMP, LSAMP, and STEM Leaders Program.
5% Other duties:
Serve on Microbiology, COS, and/or University committees as assigned to support the Department of Microbiology and the BioHealth Sciences program in their effort to serve undergraduate students.
Attend professional development workshops and conferences.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
One (1) year of experience in undergraduate academic advising, student activities programming, teaching or counseling in a college or university setting.
Excellent computer skills with ability to use MS Outlook, Web for Advisers, student management software and databases (e.g., Banner and CORE), and online file storage systems (e.g., GQL Data Warehouse). Proficiency in e-mail and internet programs, word processing (MS Word), spreadsheet programs (MS Excel), and collaborative software (MSOffice Online, G suite).
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a full-time position with minimal supervision and direction and as a team-member.
The ability to work accurately with student records, as exemplified by excellent written and oral communication skills (e.g., written products and reports, presentations, formal project summaries, etc.).
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to create strong professional relationships in teamwork settings.
Experience organizing programs, planning events, preparing advising materials, and communicating with other advisors and program heads.
A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
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 and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
A Bachelor of Science degree in fields such as General Science or Life Sciences degrees (e.g. Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Molecular Biology, Zoology), and/or Master’s degree in Sciences, Student Services-related areas, or Education is strongly preferred to ensure that the successful candidate is aware of the particular needs of the distinct populations within the BHS program for academic success and degree completion.
Previous employment in a field related to life sciences.
Extensive Experience with Web for Advisors, MyDegrees, CORE, Banner or other advising and student services technologies.
Experience supporting, guiding, or advising international and/or distance-degree students.
Knowledge related to application and admissions processes to health professional schools, such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.