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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5




University of Illinois - Chicago

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Position Description

The pre-health advisor is a member of the Pre-Professional Advising team within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Academic Advising Center. This position works specifically with students interested in the following pre-health bachelor degree programs at UIC: nursing, health information management, human nutrition, and public health. In this role, the pre-health advisor engages undergraduate students in promoting their academic, professional, and overall development from their orientation to graduation. In individual appointments the pre-health advisor evaluates students’ progress in pre-health related course work and provides education and guidance on the pre-health fields that award bachelors-level degrees at UIC (specifically pre-nursing, pre-human nutrition, pre-public health, and pre-health information management), including course registration and selection and available University resources. The pre-health advisor also develops and facilitates workshops and group information sessions on topics of interest to students with those specific pre-health educational goals. The Pre-Professional Advising team is the chief resource for pre-health and pre-law information at the University and works with students from across the University as well as alumni. As such, the pre-health advisor is a primary resource for students in personal statement development, mock interviewing and interview skills, and assisting students in identifying appropriate pre-health professions and programs. Opportunities also exist for teaching a first-year seminar course, thereby supporting students in their transition to college and the University to further encourage academic success and development.


  • Engages in individual advising appointments, walk-in advising sessions, group advising sessions, and email/phone communication with current and incoming undergraduate students and transfer students for the purpose of evaluating students’ progress in pre-health related course work, course registration and selection, and available University resources.
  • Provides education and guidance on bachelor-level pre-health fields and programs, so that students may develop a broader understanding of health professions fields and the competitive nature of the application processes.
  • Identifies current and potential needs of students.
  • Intervenes, and refers students to resources throughout the University community, as appropriate.
  • Exercises professional discretion and judgment to trouble-shoot problems as they arise.
  • Documents each academically pertinent interaction with individual students for the purpose of maintaining a centralized database of all LAS students, and updates the computerized information system, as needed, to ensure that student records reflect degree progress and academic status accurately.
  • Participates in and leads first-year and transfer orientation sessions for both fall and spring entry to UIC.
  • Creates and facilitates workshops and group advising sessions on topics of interest to pre-health students.
  • Assists students in the process of developing personal statements for health professions programs, including support in idea formulation and writing, reviewing personal statement drafts, and providing written and/or verbal feedback.
  • Provides coaching and verbal feedback on mock interviews for students applying to health professions programs.
  • Conducts mock interviews in person and provides constructive criticism on content and delivery of interview responses.
  • Teaches a section of LAS 103: Introduction to Health Care, a first-year seminar course for new LAS students, which exposes them to different health professions and careers as well as hot topics within healthcare.
  • Participates on committees or teams, as assigned, which involve contributing to one or more of the following: the development of student initiatives and programs to promote student success, development, and retention; degree certification; special admission decisions; scholarship award decisions; petition decisions; and the development of the advisor training program and professional development initiatives.
  • Participates in regular LAS Student Academic Affairs staff meetings and professional development activities to expand knowledge and maintain currency.
  • Serves as a College representative for select admissions events/initiatives.
  • Educates prospective students and their family/friends about LAS degree programs, pre-health support and initiatives, and aids in the recruitment of new LAS students.
  • Assists in the facilitation of training and development of new advisors, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects, as assigned or necessary.

Application Process

For fullest consideration, please submit an on-line application at, click on the job board and then the job and upload a resume, cover letter and the names and emails of three references by February 20, 2018.

Institution Information

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be conducted in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Misty Huacuja-LaPointe


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in education, liberal arts and sciences, business or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in higher education student personnel, student affairs, or administration, college student development, or a related field
  • At least one year of academic advising, career services, and/or admission experience in higher education\
  • Working knowledge of admission processes and pre-health resources for students
  • Advanced listening and communication skills
  • Capacity to support students of greatly diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with student databases and degree audit systems
  • Familiarity with student development theory and FERPA