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Academic Advisor--Biological Sciences, Neuroscience & Integrated Health Studies--LAS Student Affairs (Job ID #100493)

This position - the academic advisor for the majors in Biological Sciences, Integrated Health Studies, the curriculum in Neuroscience, and the minor in Biological Sciences - is a member of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) Academic Advising Center. It is the role of this unit to assure that, in the continuum from admission through graduation, students' individual educational needs are met while maintaining the academic standards established by the faculty of the College. As a primary source of College information, the academic advisors in Biological Sciences, Integrated Health Studies, and Neuroscience promote and facilitate excellence through academic advising.

We believe that our services should assist in maximizing the academic experience and student achievement in the expectation that students will become lifelong learners and attain their career objectives. These services are carried out via a two-tier advising system, which promotes reciprocal accountability between a student and their advisors, and also
facilitates students' identification with and understanding of the College and University.


  • Engages in undergraduate student advising with current and incoming major/curriculum/minor undergraduate students, evaluating students' major/curriculum or minor degree progress/eligibility, educating and providing guidance concerning respective degree requirements, programs, academic and professional planning.
  • Evaluates undergraduate students' progress in their respective major/curriculum or minor, evaluating degree requirements, counseling and providing related guidance and direction.
  • Educates major/curriculum/minor students regarding College, University and Campus policies and procedures, along with course registration and selection towards their respective degree program. Interprets and enforces academic policies.
  • Guides major/curriculum/minor students in navigating the petition process for exceptions to academic policies.
  • Provides current and prospective major/curriculum/minor students with information regarding available College and University resources and opportunities.
  • Educates and informs prospective students and their family/friends about the major/curriculum or minor and opportunities to aid in the recruitment of new LAS students.
  • May conduct new LAS student orientation programs, supporting undergraduate LAS students in their transition to college, the University and promotes their academic success.
  • Intervenes and refers major/curriculum/minor students to resources throughout the University community as may be needed.
  • Exercises professional discretion and judgment to troubleshoot issues and problems that may arise.
  • Documents pertinent and required information related to interactions with major/curriculum/minor students.
  • Maintains and updates related databases as needed, to ensure that student records accurately reflect major/curriculum or minor degree progress and academic status.
  • Assesses transfer courses for equivalency to major/curriculum/minor courses and requirements in the assigned academic departments, updating student records to reflect determined equivalency.
  • As a member of the LAS Academic Advising Center, contributes to decisions for the academic probation or dismissal of individual LAS students.
  • Participates on committees and/or teams as needed and/or assigned.
  • Assists in the facilitation training and development of new advisors as may be needed.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, with occasional evenings and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required in the area of education, liberal arts and sciences, business, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Academic background in Biological Sciences or Neuroscience.
  2. Master's Degree in LAS, Teacher Education, Counseling or a related field preferred.
  3. At least one year of academic advising experience in higher education
  4. Demonstrated work experience in student/academic advising, counseling or other related field in an institution of higher learning.
  5. Excellent communication, organization, presentation and computer/pc skills are required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include: Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with other related software.
  6. Familiarity with student development theory and FERPA would be helpful.

Application due: 8/15/18

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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