The Academic Advisor will provide academic guidance and counseling for undergraduate Biology majors and assist with the planning and implementation of Biology Department programs and services that enhance the success of undergraduate Biology majors.
The Department of Biology has 44 faculty members, 31 of whom are tenure track. The Biology major is the second largest undergraduate major on campus with ~1400 students. Biology provides instruction for all first year life science majors in an annual three-semester introductory biology sequence, serving students from nine majors and prehealth postgraduate plans (>10,000 SCH/year for these three courses). In addition to an upper level curriculum for its majors, the Biology Department also provides introductory instruction in cell and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, physiology and evolution for several life science majors including biology. Biology serves as a gateway major for first year students who know and liked Biology as high school students. Once on campus, ~75% of entering Biology majors change majors; most join other life science majors (e.g., microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology). Concurrently, large numbers of students in other majors transfer each year into the Biology major. This flux of students into and out of the Biology major represents a large and critical advising load for the Biology Department as students are matched with appropriate majors.The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 1 years' experience in academic advising, student services in higher education, or teaching at the college level.
- Ability to collaborate and interact with faculty, staff, students, and parents in a friendly and professional manner.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, in a fast-paced office environment.
- Ability to stay abreast with a high volume and wide array of complex curricular information and academic policies and procedures.
- Ability to collaborate with others and to identify and achieve shared goals.
- Ability to work with a large, culturally diverse faculty and undergraduate population.
- Demonstrated capacity, skill, and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
- Bachelor's degree in science, education, or counseling
- Experience working with students with a range of academic abilities (including honors level and academically at-risk).