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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5




University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Position Description

The Biology Program is seeking an outgoing, talented individual to join our student services team. Our faculty, staff, and students have created a vibrant place to learn, teach, and conduct research, a place rich in opportunity, ideas, creativity, and resources, and a place where people can flourish and discover their own potential. Because we engage people with widely differing backgrounds, talents, perspectives, and styles, we achieve excellence through diversity.

The Biology Major at UW-Madison is a cross-college undergraduate major offered to students in both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Letters & Science. For administrative purposes, the major is housed in the departments of Bacteriology (CALS) and Zoology (L&S). The advisors serve students in both colleges, though for personnel purposes their positions are formally located within the Department of Bacteriology. The Biology Major academic advisors serve approximately 1,400 students. The Biology Major is designed for students who are interested in a broad exposure to the concepts and methodologies of the biological sciences, as well as those interested in a more specific sub-discipline. There are currently two specialized options within the major, in Evolutionary Biology and Plant Biology.



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Additional Information

$36,790 ANNUAL

Contact Information

Kelley Harris


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Undergraduate or graduate education in the biological sciences and/or additional background in student advising, educational or counseling psychology, or another field related to job responsibilities are desirable.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in academic advising, student services or related field preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills, as well as a commitment to diversity essential; student-focused approach
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to problem-solve, multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines; attention to accuracy and detail
  • A collegial style, with the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students across campus, as well as prospective students and their families
  • Professional written and oral communication skills; ability to organize and communicate complex information effectively
  • An understanding and appreciation of the problems faced by undergraduates at a large research university; sensitivity and compassion are important characteristics for this position
  • Familiarity with a computer environment, electronic and internet-based communications, spreadsheets, databases, and word processing software
  • Experience building cross-campus or comparable relationships desired
  • Knowledge of UW Madison advising tools and processes a plus